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Township of Denville Recycling and Garbage Information

!!! Important Guidelines Regarding Plastic Recycling & Curbside Pickup !!!

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140 Morris Ave
Denville, NJ 07834
Garbage Pickup Schedule 
Recycling Pickup Schedule

Missed Garbage or Recycling (Submit this form if your pickup has been missed)
Township of Denville Mandatory Recycling Ordinances and Enforcement
Recycling for Schools and Business
NJ Mandatory Recycling Legislation
Leaf, Brush pickup schedules also refer to the most recent copy of the Hub Times 
Metal and appliance disposal - Call 973-625-8334 to arrange curbside pickup
Useful Links
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Morris County Recycle Programs
Morris County Hazardous Waste Events
Recycling Tips from the EPA
Donation Resources

!!! Important Guidelines Regarding Plastic Recycling & Curbside Pickup !!!

The Denville Recycling Center 140 Morris Ave. Denville NJ 07834 will now be open to residents from 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM


The Recycling Center’s weekend hours will remain unchanged:

  • Saturdays - 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Sundays - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Please note that effective January 1, 2021, residents bringing SHREDDED PAPER to the Recycling Center in BAGS will be required to empty the shredded paper from these bags themselves into one of the unlocked bins provided at the DPW. As an alternative, locked and secured bins are available at the DPW in which the contents are shredded regularly on the premises.

Garbage Collection Schedule

Trash collection is scheduled twice weekly as follows:

  • North of U.S. Hwy 46 - Tuesday & Friday
  • South of U.S. Hwy. 46 - Monday & Thursday
  • Collection begins at 6 A.M.
  • Each household is permitted two 30 gallon containers and one bulky item per pick-up.
  • Construction material must fit into a can

    There is no pick-up on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. (If a holiday falls on your regular pick-up day, please check the home page news section as alternate pickup days will be posted there prior to holiday schedule changes)
  • You are allowed (2) 30 gallon trash containers or heavy-duty plastic bags not to exceed 30 pounds each.
  • Loose household items must be placed curbside in bags or cans (not recyclable cardboard boxes).
  • Latex paint cans (completely dried out and empty)
  • You may put out one bulk item on each garbage collection day i.e., couch, chair, mattress, box spring or rolled and tied rug/carpet (approximately 110 sq. ft., no more than 4 feet long).

    Important Guidelines Regarding Plastic Recycling

    • Plastic bags, plastic film/plastic packaging (Take them to a retail store with a dedicated bin for bags. They jam machinery.)
    • Plastic film/plastic packaging - (Regular Garbage)
    • Foam/Styrofoam - (Regular Garbage)
    • Hangers (Plastic, metal or wood — they jam up the machinery.) - (Regular Garbage)
    • Food waste - (Regular Garbage)
    • Waxed Paper and Boxes - (Regular Garbage)
    • Plastic bottles/containers coded #3, #4, #6 & #7 (Regular Garbage)
    • (Recycle only plastic bottles/containers coded #1, #2 & #5. No medicine bottles at all).


      Commingled - Plastics, bottles, cans:
      Metal food cans, lids / caps, clean aluminum foil / pie plates / trays
      Glass bottles / jars  (empty & remove lids)

      Plastics: #1, # 2, #5

      Cartons: "Paper non -waxed" milk, fruit juices, soup, etc... (recycle with plastics)

      Loose metal jar lids / caps            

      Loose metal jar lids / caps       

      Corrugated recycling - Paper, boxes, cardboard:
      Chipboard boxes: cereal, pasta, tissue, etc...

      Newspapers (not in bags, do not tie)

      Phone books / Magazines

      Junk mail / miscellaneous un-coated paper

      Corrugated cardboard & paper bags (flattened), clean pizza boxes 

      Paper towel & toilet paper rolls, wrapping paper without metallic foil

      Paperback books                                         


      Hardcover books / shredded paper

      Scrap metal  (bring to Recycling Center only) 

      VHS/VCR tapes, CD / DVD'S

      Plastic bags / film wraps

      Needles / syringes 

      Food or liquids

      Sticker / address label sheet waste      

      Waxed paper / cardboard 

      Window panes / mirrors / ceramics / pyrex

      Plastics not listed above


      Paper to-go containers

      Flower pots, spray pumps / nozzles, straws / stirrers


      Hazardous waste


      Just for clarification, these items don’t belong in your recycling container either: Paper coffee cups, dirty pizza boxes, paper towels and some less likely items such as diapers, bowling balls, hypodermic needles, animal carcasses, batteries and electronics. Batteries can cause a fire at a recycling center. People sort recycling – not machines, so keep them safe.

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Drop OFF at DPW Recycling Center

Accepted Materials
Items accepted at the recycling center:

  • Batteries: We accept rechargeable batteries, car batteries and hearing aid batteries.  Normal dry-cell batteries (like Duracell AA and AAA’s) and zinc chloride batteries go into regular garbage.
  • Hardcover Books: We only accept books for donation if they have a barcode. To recycle books, hardcovers must be removed and thrown in the garbage.
  • Bicycles
  • Leaves, Brush and Grass Clippings (grass clippings are drop off only to the Recycle Center - no curb side pick up)
  • E-Waste (Electronic)
  • Metal / White Goods
  • Used Motor Oil & Filters
  • Shredded Paper: We are discouraging residents from bringing previously shredded paper to the center and encouraging them put paper in our secure locked bins to be shredded onsite

  • Tires: Residents can also bring up to 2 tires per month to the center as long as they are removed from the rim

Prohibited Materials

Items not accepted at the recycling center:

Many of these Items Can Be Disposed of at a Scheduled MUA Event

  • asbestos
  • automobile fluids
  • biohazardous waste
  • button batteries
  • construction materials
  • driveway sealer/tar
  • gasoline
  • herbicides
  • insulation
  • kerosene
  • light bulbs (any type)
  • oil-based paints/stains
  • pesticides
  • pool chemicals
  • propane tanks
  • siding
  • smoke detectors

Ineligible Materials
Dispose of with your regular trash:

  • plastic #3, #4, #6 & #7
  • plastic bags
  • small medicine bottles
  • flower pots
  • plastic CD cases
  • VHS/VCR tapes
  • hangers
  • styrofoam
  • to-go containers
  • waxed paper
  • waxed cardboard
  • stickers/address label sheet waste
  • window glass
  • mirrors
  • vases
  • ceramics
  • dishes
  • drinking glasses
  • headlights
  • oven cookware
  • motor oil containers
  • antifreeze containers
  • gasoline containers
  • kerosene containers
  • latex paint
  • alkaline batteries
  • fabrics or clothing
  • syringes

Prohibited Materials Explanation

The majority of prohibited materials not accepted at the recycling center may be brought to the Mt. Olive Transfer Station  on Gold Mine Road. You will need to call and make a drop-off appointment with them. If generated in Morris County, this material is required to go to the MCMUA transfer station if it is being disposed of. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste, regulations, special handling and fees are explained in detail on the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) website. If you have questions about household hazardous waste disposal, call the MCMUA at 973.829.8006. Note: there is a small fee to drop off some materials and payment is required by check, not cash or credit card. In addition, the MCMUA holds a number of free household hazardous waste  events during the year. Check its website for dates, times and places.

Ineligible Materials Explanation

Ineligible materials are simply those that are not recycled and are safe to include with regular household trash. Please note, however, that the following types of containers must be completely empty before being disposed of: motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene and latex paint.

Fire events are an increasing occurrence at New Jersey MRFs (Material Recovery Facility) due to unacceptable metal containers and other items.  For additional information about the proper disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) and/or to make an appointment to drop off HHW, visit WWW.MCMUA.COM

Examples of unacceptable items that can cause FIRES:

Unacceptable Metal Containers/Items

Proper Disposal

Gas cans, i.e., red metal DOT cans, TruFuel (ethanol free gas)

If fuel is in the container, make a HHW appointment.  Empty cans can be thrown into the garbage.

Automotive Chemicals 

     i.e., brake cleaner

If chemicals are in the container, make a HHW appointment.  Empty cans can be thrown into the garbage.

Aerosol Cans

     i.e., hairspray, spray paint

If material is in the container, make a HHW appointment.  Empty cans can be thrown into the garbage.

Paint Remover, Lacquer Thinner, Turpentine, Paint Thinner, Acetone, Oil-based Paint

If paint product is in the container, make a HHW appointment.  Empty cans can be thrown into the garbage.

Camping Propane Tanks

Accepted at the HHW facility.  Make an appointment.  

Do not throw into the garbage.

Oil Filters

Accepted at the HHW facility.  Make an appointment.   

Do not throw into the garbage.


     i.e., iPads, Laptops, Tablets

Accepted at the HHW facility.  Make an appointment.   

Do not throw into the garbage.

Rechargeable Batteries

Accepted at the HHW facility.  Make an appointment.   

Do not throw into the garbage.

Non-rechargeable Batteries

Tape terminal ends and throw into the garbage.

Blow Torch Tanks

Contact the manufacturer for proper disposal information.   

Do not throw into the garbage.


Acceptable Metal Containers

Proper Disposal

Non-pressurized (empty) food cans/containers   

Residents should recycle non-pressurized (empty) food cans/containers in their curbside recycling bins.