Garbage and Recycling

**Important Note: If you use containers to place your garbage and recycling to the curb, please only use 32 gallon garbage cans with handles.  Any other container may be mistaken as part of your refuse and taken away.  The Township and its vendors are not responsible for the loss of an improper container placed to the curb.**

Garbage, Yard Waste and Recycling Pick-up:

Please click here for a complete 2018 Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Pick-up Schedule. Regular Garbage Pick-up will accept two garbage cans and one bulk item per household per week.  Garbage Pick-up does not accept electronics, appliances, household hazardous wastes, tires, or construction debris. Please see below for disposal of these items.

For more information about Single-Stream Recycling, including how to dispose of shredded paper, please click here.


To report a garbage, recycling or yard waste pick-up concern, please contact Mrs. Istvan at or 973-366-9031 ext. 18.

“The Mulch Site” on Canfield Avenue:

The mulch site is open every Saturday (holiday weekends excluded) from the first weekend in April through the first weekend in December.  Hours are 9AM to 12PM.  New for 2015: the site is also open on Wednesday evenings from 5PM to 7PM.  You will be required to show proof of residence and your debris will be cataloged to keep up with current NJ DEP regulations.

If you are looking to dispose of an item that works…:

If you are looking to dispose of electronics or appliances that are still in working order, consider donating them to a non-profit such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Randolph.  Information about the ReStore and other locations for donating, please click here.

Electronics Recycling:

Electronics can be recycled at Town Hall, Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 3 PM. Please register your electronics with Town Hall prior to disposing of them in the appropriate bins behind the Civic Center.  This service is free to Township Residents.

Appliance Recycling:

If you are able to bring your appliances to Town Hall, they can be dropped off behind the Civic Center between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM.  All drop-offs need to be registered with Town Hall before taking them out to the recycling bins.  This includes non-metal appliances such as vacuum cleaners and dehumidifiers (basically anything with a plug).  If your appliance contains Freon, a $15 charge for removal and disposal of the Freon will be applied.

For metal appliances (washing machines for example), if you are not able to bring your item to Town Hall, a “pick-up sticker” can be purchased at from Town Hall for $10.  Appliances registered prior to 10 AM on Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday of the same week.  If your appliance contains Freon, certification of removal of the Freon by a certified professional will be required at the time of registration for pick-up.

Medical Waste:

Wharton Police Department accepts unwanted pills all year, but they are unable to accept liquid medications or needles.  For information about the Take Back Initiative, where liquids and needles can be disposed of, click here.  If you have a reoccurring need to dispose of needles, please contact the Reception Desk at St. Clare’s in Dover to register for a disposal container.

Household Hazardous Waste: 

Household Hazardous Waste includes items such as oil based paints and stains, household cleaning products, motor oil, cooking oil, nail polish, etc.  A complete list is available here.  Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) holds household hazardous waste events throughout the year (2017 Schedule here).  Hazardous Waste Items can also be taken to MCMUA by appointment only.  Call 973-631-5109 for an appointment.


Tires should be disposed of at the Parsippany Transfer Station of the MCMUA.  Disposal costs approximately $2 per tire.  Call 973-808-9651 in advance of taking your tires to the facility.

Vehicle Recycling / Donation:

Unwanted vehicles can be locally donated to any of the following:

Make-A-Wish Foundation (

Breast Cancer Research Foundation (

Vehicles for Veterans (

Links to nongovernmental entities are provided at the request of the entity as a convenience to residents.  The Township has not investigated the entities who have provided links and the fact that the link is provided is not an indication of Township sponsorship or support.

Construction Debris (including bathroom fixtures):

Construction debris should be disposed of at the Mount Olive Transfer Station of the MCMUA.  This facility is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am until 3pm, and no appointment is required.  Disposal costs $0.045 per pound, payable by check.  You will be required to prove that you are a Morris County resident.

If you have a question about the disposal of an item that does not appear on this list, please contact Mrs. Istvan and she will learn how to dispose of the item for you.