COVID-19 pandemic:
Many garbage and recycling services have been cancelled or postponed at one time or another. Make sure you confirm by looking at the web site of, or by calling: Montclair Township, Essex County Utilies Authority, Essex County Department of Public Works, or whoever is providing the service, to ensure that it is currently available. We will try to keep everything updated here as we receive news updates.


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Garbage, Trash, Rubbish, Refuse, Litter, Waste

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Garbage dumpster

  • Tie all bags closed
  • Try to avoid putting sharp objects in garbage bags that will tear open the bag
  • Put broken glass in a paper bag or box, bend metal coat hangers inward, etc.
  • If you have a box filled with garbage, tape it closed with masking tape, blue or green painter's tape
  • Make sure the dumpster lids are closed at all times to keep animals out
  • Do not put bulk items or anything else on the pavement in the dumpster area. Everything in the dumpster area must be in the dumpster. Specific bulk items must be placed at the curb for specific Montclair Bulk Collection days. See Bulk Collection for more information.
  • As of January 2011, it is against the law to put electronics in the garbage in the State of New Jersey. See below for recycling information or donation options
  • If you are still not sure what to do with something, see the list below or contact the Resident Managers

Montclair Bulk Collection Day

  • Anything large like furniture can be put out at the curb on Montclair Bulk Collection Day, specific days of the month, every month
  • See Bulk Collection for details

Recycling

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The Montclair Dept of Community Services yard is located at 219 N Fullerton Ave in Montclair.

Effective the week of March 15, 2021 - Wednesday and Friday drop-off has been eliminated, curbside recycling has resumed.
Effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 - DCS yard recycling drop-off is 9am-1pm


For more information see:
Twitter @MontclairNJGov announcement 03/11
Twitter @MontclairNJGov announcement 03/03
Twitter @MontclairNJGov announcement 02/24
Montclair Township: Township COVID-19 Information
Montclair Township: Garbage, Recycling, Bulky Waste
Montclair Township: Community Services Calendar
or call Montclair Community Services at 973-509-5711.


Mixed paper

Things change frequently due to the pandemic, but as far as we know, to have paper recycled, drop it off at 219 North Fullerton Ave on Wednesday or Saturday from 8am-4pm. See the Montclair Township web site recycling page for specific types of mixed paper that are acceptable.

Plastic bags, wrap, film, air pillows, ...

Anything that falls under the description of "plastic film" can be recycled, but not by Montclair recycling or our dumpster company. This includes air pillows, newspaper bags, grocery & retail bags (#2 or #4), case wrap (e.g. for a case of water bottles), bread bags, napkin, PT, TP, or diaper wrap packaging, supermarket produce bags, food storage bags (e.g. Ziploc bags).

Remove address labels, let air dry, shake crumbs or any other loose debris out, then drop off anything listed in the flyer at ShopRite, Target, Kohl's, Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Wegmans, ...

Go to how2recycle.info then Store Drop-off for more information.

Electronics

Paper Shredding (and recycling)

Household Hazardous Waste

Some of it will not be recyclable, but it will be properly disposed of...

Tires

CFL light bulbs

Styrofoam

The Township of Montclair and the Montclair Environment Commission announced a pilot program to offer styrofoam recycling in June and July 2021. We don't yet know of that will continue or not. E-mail mtcenv@gmail.com for more info.

See also:
Township to Pilot Styrofoam Recycling Program
Montclair Environmental Commission
Montclair Township: A to Z Disposal Guide


Bulk Collection

Montclair Bulk Waste Collection is every month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday
The next one is October 6, 2021
...unless it falls on a holiday

After COVID-19 shutdown, bulk collection resumed as of May 6, 2020

If you can not wait until the next bulk collection day, contact us and we can give you the contact info for a waste removal company. It will not be free, but you will not have to wait until the next bulk collection day. You can also donate it, sell it, or recycle it.

Upcoming Bulk Collection Days

The day may change if it falls on a holiday or during a snow storm. If that happens, we will list it on the Calendar page.

Actual pickup dayWhen to put it out
The first Wednesday of October 2021 is October 6thAfter 6pm on Tuesday the 5th + before 6am on Wednesday the 6th
The third Wednesday of October 2021 is October 20thAfter 6pm on Tuesday the 19th + before 6am on Wednesday the 20th
The first Wednesday of November 2021 is November 3rdAfter 6pm on Tuesday the 2nd + before 6am on Wednesday the 3rd
The third Wednesday of November 2021 is November 17thAfter 6pm on Tuesday the 16th + before 6am on Wednesday the 17th
The first Wednesday of December 2021 is December 1stAfter 6pm on Tuesday the 30th + before 6am on Wednesday the 1st
The third Wednesday of December 2021 is December 15thAfter 6pm on Tuesday the 14th + before 6am on Wednesday the 15th

Donations


What should I do with...?

This info is based on what we have experienced as tenants and Resident Managers. If you want the official latest answer on anything, contact Montclair Community Services (973-509-5711) and they will find out for you. Make sure you specify that you live in an apartment complex, not a house.

See the Montclair Township A to Z Disposal Guide


Garbage bags Make sure you tie them closed, then place in the garbage dumpster. See Garbage above.
Loose garbageGarbage in your apartment
Egg cartons - the styrofoam kindGarbage in your apartment
Egg cartons - the paper-based kindGarbage?
Non-plastic milk & OJ containersGarbage in your apartment
Bottles, cans, plastic containers Dumpster (garbage) or drop off at Montclair Dept of Community Services yard during drop-off days/times.
See Recycling above
Cardboard Dumpster (garbage) or drop off at Montclair Dept of Community Services yard during drop-off days/times.
See Recycling above
Magazines/newspaper Dumpster (garbage) or drop off at Montclair Dept of Community Services yard during drop-off days/times.
See Recycling above
Plastic bags:
Air pillows, food storage bags, retail bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, case wrap, napkin, PT, TP, or diaper wrap, bread bags, dry cleaning bags
Drop off at ShopRite, Target, Kohl's, Whole Foods Market
A small lampGarbage dumpster
A large lampBulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
Rugs If small, roll it up, tape with duct or electrical tape, and put in garbage dumpster. If large, put out for Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
Furniture
Headboard, footboard
Mattress, box spring
Night table
Coffee table
Floor lamp
See Montclair's list
Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
Headboard, footboard
(furniture)
Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
Mattress/box spring Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
or better yet, get whoever delivers your new mattress to take it
Christmas tree (real) Place bare tree at curb, not blocked by parked vehicles if possible. They will be collected each week through January. Stands, plastic bag covers, and all decorations must be removed. Call Montclair Township for pickup date, all we know is that they will be picked up "each week". Contact us 24+ hours in advance if you would like a heavy duty garbage bag to place over the ends to contain needles as you bring it out (remove the bags when at the curb).
Electronics:
Computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, telephone equipment, speakers, TVs, VCRs, DVD/Blu-ray, stereos, toasters, irons, old cell phones, ...
Donate, trade/sell it, or bring to Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day in May and October
* As of January 2011, it is no longer legal to put these items in the garbage in NJ
Fire extinguisher
Single-use personal
Bring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in May and October
Pesticide, herbicide, paint thinner/solvent, oil based paint (not latex), spray paint, some batteries, some automotive fluids, paint thinners & solvents, ...Bring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
In May and October
Paint - latex Take the lid off, let it dry out completely (for days), then put the paint can in the garbage dumpster. If you can't wait for it to dry, look for paint hardener at Home Depot, a hardware store, or Amazon.
Paint - oilBring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in May and October
Tires Call Montclair Township DCS 973-509-5711 for details or see the web site. Pay fee, drop off at community services yard.
Essex County Used Tire Recycling Day
Previous one PDF flyer here
Appliances with refrigerant (A/C, refrigerator, etc.) Call Montclair Township for details 973-509-5711 or see the web site's Appliances page
Pay for recycling stickers, place at curb before scheduled date
Broken glassCarefully place broken glass in a box or thick paper bag, tape or staple it closed, write BROKEN GLASS all over it, place in the garbage dumpster
CFL light bulbsSee "What should I do with CFL (curly) bulbs" on our FAQ page
ClothingDonate it or put in a tied garbage bag, then put that bag in the garbage dumpster
Wire coat hangers Bring back to your drycleaner
or drop off at Montclair Dept of Community Services yard during drop-off days/times.
See Recycling above
Anything elseAsk the Resident Managers

Other Options/Info


If you find any of the above information to be outdated or incorrect, let us know.