• Leroy F. Smith Jr. Public Safety Building
  • 60 Nelson Place
  • Newark NJ 07102

Essex County Recycling

Swan Paddle Boats South Mountain Recreation Complex, Essex County, NJ

Swan Paddle Boats at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Orange NJ (Photo by Dawn Croft)

Mandatory Recyclable Materials


All homes, condominiums, townhouses, apartments, trailer parks, etc.,
including certain housing types considered institutional (i.e. senior citizen homes)

Mixed paper (i.e. junk mail, office paper, all marketable grades)
Old corrugated containers
Glass food and beverage containers
Aluminum beverage containers
Plastics (#1 and #2)
Steel/Tin containers
Ferrous scrap
White goods
Used motor oil
Lead acid batteries (vehicle batteries)


All places of business (wholesale, retail, service, food, transportation,

Office paper (all marketable grades)
Old corrugated containers
Glass food and beverage containers
Aluminum beverage containers
Plastics (#1 and #2)
Steel/Tin Containers
Ferrous scrap
White goods
Used motor oil
Lead acid batteries (vehicle batteries)


All government buildings, schools, colleges, hospitals, clinics, etc.

Office paper (all marketable grades)
Old corrugated containers
Glass food and beverage containers
Aluminum beverage containers
Plastics (#1 and #2)
Steel/Tin Containers
Ferrous scrap
White goods
Used motor oil
Lead acid batteries (vehicle batteries)

Municipal Residential Recycling Drop-off Locations in Essex County, NJ





560 Cortland St.

M-F 7:30a – 3:30p

Robert Welter

23 Grove St.

S 9:00a – 1:00p

Louise Palagano


Curbside pickup only

Mario Bifalco

Little Falls Rd. & Bowden St. By Tennis Courts

M-F 8:00a -3:00p
S 8:00a – 12:00p

Dan Donavan

133 Midland Ave

M-F 7:30a – 3:30p

Rodney Armstrong

If gate is locked leave outside gate.

307 Runnynead Rd.

M-F 7:30a -2:30p

Anthony Sorisi

230 Fairfield Rd.

M-F 7:00a – 3:45p
S 8:00a – 12:00p
Su & Holidays 10:00a – 2:00p

Steve Bury


Curbside pickup only

William Bartlett


Curbside pickup only

Asmita Mitchell


Curbside pickup only

Russell A. Jones Jr.

359 Boyden Ave.

M-F 9:00a – 3:00p
S 9:00a – 12:00p

Paul Kitter

345 Essex St.

M-F 8:30a – 2:30p
S 8:00a – 12:00p

Stacie Phelps

NO curbside recyclables: Only e-waste, herbaceous waste, polystyrene and light bulbs.

219 No. Fullerton Ave.

S 9:00a – 1:00p

Craig K. Brandon

62 Frelinghuysen Ave.

M-F 9:00a – 3:00p

Brenda Anderson


Curbside pickup only

Glenn Domineck


Curbside pickup only

Salvatore Ferraro


Curbside pickup only

Marty Mayes


Curbside pickup only

Christopher Critchett

300 Walton Ave.

T-Th 7:30a – 4:00p
S 8:00a – 12:00p

Joe Folingo

10 Commerce Ct.

S 8:30a – 3:00p

Len Waterman


Curbside pickup only

William Wallace

25 Lakeside Ave.

M-F 7:30a – 4:30p
S 7:30 – 4:00p

Michael Fonzino

How to Recycle Batteries

Recycle Right: When in Doubt, Throw it out
Items that CANNOT Be Included in Curbside Recycling

FIRE: Rechargeable Batteries are dangerous and can cause fires. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER put any batteries in your recycling containers or in your garbage containers. Visit Call2Recycle’s locator or take to your local household hazardous waste program.

For proper Battery Recycling please follow these steps:

battery disposal

Not sure what kind of battery you have? Check the Call2Recycle Battery I.D Guide.

For more information and resources on battery recycling contact call2recycle at: http://www.call2recycle.org

Call2Recycle Avoid the Spark press release.

These items can contain batteries and hazardous components. They can be brought to one of the semi-annual Essex County e-Waste Collections for safe disposal and recycling.

Essex County Residents Please Remember:


Disposal Options:

The best disposal options are:

  • Ask your physician if she/he will take your used syringes.
  • Ask your local Health Officer if there are any syringe disposal options in your area. This site at the NJ Dept of Health provides contact information for local health departments
  • Visit SafeNeedleDisposal.org’s New Jersey page for a list of hospitals and medical facilities in New Jersey that accept syringes
  • Utilize a mail back program such as:


  • Click here for a list of companies that offer mail back programs for their syringes


As a Last Resort: Disposal in the Garbage

You may dispose of syringes in the garbage if you:

  • Call your town’s Superintendent of Public Works and/or Health Officer for permission and place syringes in rigid containers:

This link to SafeNeedleDisposal.org provides images of proper containers to use.
Visit this website of the US FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) for more information on the proper containers to use.

  • Label the Container with a Warning:  “SYRINGES – DO NOT RECYCLE!”

Click here for a poster which explains these steps.

  • Seal the Bottle
  • Ready for Disposal dispose of the tightly sealed full container of syringes in your household garbage

Please do your part to help keep our environment clean and safe.


New Jersey Department of Health, Public Health Sanitation & Safety Program, Medical Waste
US Food & Drug Administration, Safely Using Sharps (Needles and Syringes) at Home, at Work and on Travel

Recyclables get compacted and these objects can explode. No tanks of any size whether empty or not, including camping size propane tanks, should be in your curbside pickup.

Never puncture cylinders/tanks containing gases under pressure!

Click here for information and resources for safely disposing of or recycling pressurized containers.

Sharp objects can injure employees if handled or become projectiles in mechanical sorting equipment. They should be discarded with solid waste. If it is not a metal food or beverage container, DO NOT place it in your curbside recycling container. Contact your Municipal Recycling Coordinator for ways to recycle other metals.

These products are a fire hazard during recycling processing. Hazardous Waste includes common chemicals such as paint, motor oil, some cleansing agents, pesticides, and more.

These items can be brought to an ECUA Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Collection event.

  • Plastic Bags:
    No plastic bags of any kind should be placed in your curbside collection bins. Recycle plastic bags at participating drop – off locations.
    Plastic bags and other plastic wraps and film can be recycled at certain supermarkets and retail locations. Visit PlasticFilmRecycling.org’s Find a Location page to see where.
  • Plastic mailing/shipping envelopes:
    Remove labels and recycle with plastic bags at participating drop off locations.
  • Styrofoam, polystyrene blocks, packing peanuts:
    Please check with your municipality. If your municipality does not recycle these items with a drop off location, place these items in your garbage.

These items should be disposed of with your solid waste:

  • Plastics containers and other items numbered 3-7
  • Plastic hangers
  • Plastic drinking straws or stirrers
  • No plastic items smaller than an 8oz size, including small loose caps and pill bottles

These items get tangled in recycling equipment.
Electric cords and wires can be brought to an ECUA e-Waste Collection event.

Pots and Pans

If you are buying a new appliance, ask the vendor to take the old one.

Check with your town’s recycling office to see if they collect these items. These items may be collected during special “bulky waste” or scrap metal collections. Some towns require that you hire a licensed technician to properly remove and certify the refrigerant removal prior to accepting the item from you. Some towns handle the refrigerant removal for you.

Your power company may participate in the NJ Clean Energy’s Appliance Recycling Program. Check to see if your appliances are eligible to participate and if you qualify for a rebate.

Contact a local “scrap metal” company to see if they accept metal items containing refrigerants.

For more information, see “Appliance Disposal” at US EPA FAQ.

Bring loose shredded paper to a local paper shredding event to have it recycled.

These items should be disposed of with your solid waste:

Frozen food boxes
Pizza box bottoms with grease and food residue

These items should be disposed of with your solid waste:

Broken Glassware
Light bulbs
Drinking glasses
Pyrex®, leaded glass items
Window glass

These items should be disposed of with your solid waste:

Items with food or liquid residue
Pots (plastic or ceramic) from plants and flowers

Smoke detectors cannot be included in regular garbage, recycling or Household Hazardous Waste collections. To properly dispose/recycle smoke detectors, contact the manufacturer.

Code One/Firex/Maple Chase Products, 2820 Thatcher Road, Downings Grove, IL 60515 Dicon 3334 Main Street, Skokie, IL 60076
First Alert/BRK Brands, 3920 Enterprise Court, Aurora, IL 60504-8132
Gentex Corp. Return Dept., 600 N. Centennial St., Zeeland, MI 49464 616-772-1800
Interactive Technologies 651-777-2690 Call for instructions.
Life Saver/Frynetics, Inc., 1055 Stevenson Court, Suite 102W, Roselle, IL 60172
Nighthawk Systems, 1394 South 3 RD St., Mebane, NC 27302 800-880-6788
Safety’s Sake/Funtech, 388 North Ellicot Creek Rd., Amherst, NY 14228 800-877-1250
Sentrol 503-692-4052
Triad Safety Systems 4595 Airport Rd, Carney, NE 68847 308-236-7062

Recycling Resources for Essex County

E-Cycle New Jersey Listserv

NJ DEP E-Cycle Listserv

Need information on what electronic devices can be recycled in New Jersey? Need know where to take them? Will it cost you anything? Find out here!

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Recycle Coach App

Recycle Coach App

Have a recycling question? Don’t know if something can be recycled? The Recycle Coach has your answer!

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NJ Department of Environmental Protection

NJ DEP Recycling Information

Have questions about New Jersey’s recycling and solid waste programs? Visit the NJDEP website for help.

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If you collect recycling from Essex County businesses and need information about source-separated
delivery locations, click here.