Chester Township has created a municipal utility to serve as the payment mechanism for garbage collection. Blue Diamond will continue to provide this service. There will be a new payment system starting in Spring 2023. Click here for all the details.
- 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.
- Any questions, or to report a missed pickup, please call Blue Diamond Disposal at 973-598-9800.
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. 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.
Trash will be picked up on Wednesdays, and recycling will be picked up on Fridays.
Purchase only a 32-gallon trash can, which is the standard industry size. Do not use anything larger than this.
Residents, please take care when putting out recyclables to ensure that they don’t blow away and cause a littering problem for the neighborhood.
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.
Residential Recycling Guidelines – see brochure here
What can be recycled?
- paperboard boxes such as cereal, pasta
- paperboard milk & juice cartons
- juice boxes
- frozen food boxes
- corrugated cardboard (flattened)
- pizza boxes without food stains (no wax paper insert)
- plastic food & beverage containers, plastic cups, plastic jugs (rinsed)
- any plastic item containing the recycling symbol #1, #2, #5
- glass bottles & jars
- metal cans
- clean aluminum foil, pie plates & trays
- cardboard beverage carriers
- file folders & office paper
- junk mail, catalogs, magazines, newspapers
- shredded paper (in a clear plastic bag, sealed), paper bags
- cardboard paper towel tubes, cardboard toilet tissue tubes
- paperback books; phone books
- hardcover books with the hard cover removed
Bottle caps may be recycled provided they are placed back on the container; do not recycle loose bottle caps.
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.
Collection size container cannot be larger than 32 gallons. Use more than one container if necessary.
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. However, during the pandemic, you must unload your own items and place them on the ground. 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).
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.
Chester Township is participating with ‘Recycle Coach,’ a helpful app that connects residents to local recycling information like pick up dates, drop-off events, changes in schedule, and what items are/aren’t recyclable. Chester Township’s data is now active and the app is ready for use on your phone. You can even use it on your computer.
With this app you can opt to receive reminders about when to put out your recycle bin, when electronics recycling is coming up, or if there’s a schedule change. Not sure if an item can be recycled? The app will let you know.
Learn tips for how to be a more effective recycler – let’s keep non-recyclable items out of the bin so that the loads will be accepted for recycling. Click here to read more and to download the app onto your phone.
Refrigerator, Freezer, Dehumidifier and Air Conditioner Disposal
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.
There is a book drop-off box located outside Town Hall, 1 Parker Road, next to the clothing drop-off bins. New Legacy Books located in Hackettstown, NJ 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. If the books are deemed no longer usable, they will be recycled properly rather than ending up in a landfill. Their website is www.newlegacybooks.com
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.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
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.
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.