Residents, please take care when putting out recyclables to ensure that they don’t blow away and cause a littering problem for the neighborhood.
Household bulky waste items such as bedding, furniture, carpeting, etc, can be placed curbside without stickers. Construction and demolition material such as lumber, doors, windows, etc. must be stickered accordingly. Excluded from pickup are auto parts, tires, hazardous materials, yard waste and items weighing over 200 pounds.
Latex paint can be disposed of as trash if dry. To dry small amounts, remove lid and let the paint dry in the can. For larger amounts, mix in kitty litter or newspaper, or pour one- inch layers of paint in a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag. Stir the paint occasionally to speed drying. Put completely dried paint in the trash. Please do not put cans with wet paint in the trash as paint may spill out on to roadways or lawns. Oil based paints are considered hazardous material and must be disposed of through the Morris County Hazardous Waste Facility. Call 973-829-8006 for additional information (or visit the web site at www.mcmua.com/hazardouswaste).
- Purchase only a 32-gallon trash can, which is the standard industry size. Do not use anything larger than this.
- Have all trash and/or recycling out by 6:00 a.m. the morning of pickup. Anything placed out later may not get picked up.
- Do NOT place trash stickers on trash can lids or handles.
- Any questions, or to report a missed pickup, please call Blue Diamond Disposal at 973-598-9800.
Curbside recycling is “Single-Stream Recycling.” This means more items can be recycled instead of throwing into the garbage. See below for guidelines.
We all carry reusable bags in our cars, so we can choose to ‘skip the plastic.’ But at those times when we end up with a plastic bag, please remember the following:
Residential Recycling Guidelines
What can be recycled? Paperboard boxes such as cereal, pasta, tissue, milk & juice cartons, juice boxes, frozen food boxes; corrugated cardboard (flattened) & paper bags; plastic food & beverage containers, plastic cups, plastic jugs; any plastic item containing the recycling symbol #1, #2, #5; glass bottles & jars; metal cans & clean aluminum foil, pie plates & trays; loose metal jar lids & steel bottle caps; cardboard beverage carriers; file folders & office paper; junk mail, catalogs & magazines, phone books, paper towel rolls & paperback books. Place all these items into ONE container. DO NOT place anything in plastic bags. Collection size container cannot be larger than 32 gallons and use more than one container if necessary. Shredded paper must be placed in clear plastic bags and tied. Do not place loose shredded paper in with single stream items.
Please flatten all cardboard boxes; empty and rinse all containers; collection size is limited to 32 gallons so use more than one container if necessary. Pizza boxes are acceptable provided they are clean and free from grease; the wax paper from the pizza box is not recyclable and should be thrown in the garbage. Bottle caps may be recycled provided they are placed back on the container; do not recycle loose bottle caps. Hard covered books may be recycled provided the cover is removed.
Items not acceptable: no scrap metal; no VHS/VCR tapes; no plastic bags; no needles or syringes; no window panes, mirrors, ceramics & Pyrex dishware; no stickers or address label sheets; no electronic waste; no paint, pesticides, oil & cleaners; no motor oil or antifreeze containers; no organic material and food waste; no waxed paper or waxed cardboard; no Styrofoam or paper to-go containers.
View more recycling guidelines here.
Electronics Waste Recycling
On January 1, 2011 the Electronic Waste Management Act went into effect. TVs, computers & monitors are NOT ALLOWED to be thrown in the trash; they must be disposed of properly.
Chester Township will offer ongoing e-waste recycling at the DPW garage at 65 Furnace Road. There will be someone at the garage that can assist you when bringing in your e-waste. Open to Chester Township and Chester Borough residents only. Proof of residency will be required. Hours: The first Wednesday of each month, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until noon.
Accepted electronic items: cables, cable boxes, cash registers, cell phones, computers, computer peripherals including keyboards, copiers, cords, CRT monitors, DVD players, external drives, fax/scanners, laptops, LCD monitors, mouse, MP3/iPods, networking equipment, PDA’s, printers, projectors, satellite dishes, servers, stereos, TV’s, typewriters, UPS units (uninterrupted power supplies), VCR, video game consoles.
Accepted household items: blenders (without glass), bread makers, cameras, carpet sweepers (corded or rechargeable), coffee makers (without glass), clocks, curling irons, electric knives, electric toothbrushes, fans, food sealing equipment, fryers, hair cutters, hair dryers, heaters, holiday lights, irons, landline phones, massagers, metal tools (drills, screwdrivers, small saws, sanders, etc.), microwave ovens, mixers, remotes, radios, shaving equipment, toasters, toaster ovens, vacuum cleaners (without bag).
There is now a book drop off box located outside Town Hall, 1 Parker Road, next to the Dare Clothing Bins. New Legacy Books located in Hackettstown, NJ is a for-profit company, which works with charitable organizations in our communities. They are able to redistribute books to organizations promoting literacy and raise funds for needy charities. All books will be used in some way. Books will either be donated to charitable organizations or resold to individuals that can give the books a new home. If the books have seen better days and are deemed no longer usable, they will be recycled properly rather than ending up in a landfill. Their website is www.newlegacybooks.com
Chester Township uses a single-stream recycling collection process. Sorting is done by automation at the recycling center, so you can put items all together in your recycling bin at the curb. Click on the above link to download a printable recycling brochure. Here is a sample of what can be recycled (more info in the brochure):
- paperboard boxes such as cereal, pasta
- paperboard milk & juice cartons
- juice boxes
- frozen food boxes
- corrugated cardboard (flattened)
- pizza boxes without food stains
- plastic food & beverage containers, plastic cups, plastic jugs
- any plastic item containing the recycling symbol #1, #2, #4, #5 & #7
- glass bottles & jars
- metal cans
- clean aluminum foil, pie plates & trays
- loose metal jar lids & steel bottle caps
- cardboard beverage carriers
- file folders & office paper
- junk mail, catalogs, magazines, newspapers
- shredded paper, paper bags
- cardboard paper towel tubes, cardboard toilet tissue tubes
- paperback books; phone books
- hardcover books with the hard cover removed
Chester Township collects appliances containing freon once a year, in the spring. The fee for collection and freon removal is $25.00 per unit. Please call 908-879-5100 x812 for more information and dates.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a discount building supply outlet where shoppers will find new and gently-used items from windows, doors, appliances and lumber to kitchens and home furnishings. The ReStore is open to the public and is your source for everything you need to renovate, beautify and improve your home or office. Save landfill space by giving your items a new purpose at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They accept: furniture, lumber, kitchen & bath cabinets, appliances, decorative hardware, doors, windows, lighting, paint & plumbing products. We depend on volunteers to staff and assist in the ReStore. There are positions for any skill level. For more information visit their website: www.morrisrestore.org.
Home Medical Waste Disposal
Some hazards of improperly disposing of home medical waste may infect other people who come in contact with trash, unwanted or expired medicines could be harmful to children and adults and if found in the trash may be stolen for unregulated use. Antibiotics poured down the drain can kill beneficial microbes and bacteria in septic systems. Click on “Home Medical Waste Disposal” (above title) for more information on where to properly dispose of home medical waste.
Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal and/or recycling is easy and convenient. This facility is located on Gold Mine Road (off Route 206) in Mount Olive and is open on selected Tuesday (9:00-12:00), Friday (9:00-12:00) and Saturday (8:00-11:00) mornings. Please do not show up to the HHW Facility without first calling 973-829-8006 and making and appointment. Using the facility is available to Morris County residents and is also free of charge for most items. For more information about the materials accepted and not accepted please click on “Household Hazardous Waste Facility” (above in title). If you are not sure about a specific material and how to get rid of it please call 973-829-8006 for proper instructions. Some acceptable items are pesticides, oil-based paints, stains, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, pool chemicals, darkroom chemicals, computers and monitors, TV’s. Some unacceptable materials are latex paint, empty containers, tires, construction waste, medical waste and explosives.
MCMUA Database of Facilities that Accept Electronics (Computers, TV’s) in Morris County
Best Buy stores accept nearly everything electronic for free and Staples stores accept all but TV’s. Residents may also make an appointment to drop off electronics at the MCMUA facility located on Gold Mine Road, off Route 206 by calling 973-829-8006. In addition, our township holds free Electronics Disposal events twice per month. Watch this website’s Events Calendar for announcements of dates.
How to dispose of batteries: Throw alkaline AAA, AA, C, D (non-hazardous and use-once) dry-cell batteries into the trash; recycle rechargeable batteries using call2recycle.org drop-off boxes (located at Lowes, Home Depot); and take all other types of batteries to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Gold Mine Road (off Route 206) in Mount Olive.