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Hazardous Waste Management

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The MCMUA offers three major programs to help Morris County residents, businesses, and municipalities safely manage their household hazardous (HHW), hazardous, special and universal wastes.

Call (973) 829-8006 with questions.

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General HHW Rules

In 1998, the MCMUA opened a year-round household hazardous waste facility located at the MCMUA’s Mount Olive transfer station. This facility operates by appointment only on most Tuesday and Friday mornings, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and most Saturday mornings, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Using the facility is free of charge to Morris County residents delivering residential HHW (fees are charged, however, for propane cylinders and latex paint if delivered).

Out-of-county residents may also deliver their HHW by appointment; however, there is a $1.25 per pound handling fee applied to out-of-county residents that is payable by check at the time of the delivery.

Eligible conditionally exempt small quantity commercial or governmental generators (CESQGs), from inside or outside of Morris County, may use the facility for a $1.25 per pound fee. You must call (973-829-8006) first to schedule an appointment and discuss the materials being delivered. Payments must be made by check at the time the waste is being delivered, and the checks must be made payable to the MCMUA. Business waste materials, including e-waste, may be accepted at the MCMUA permanent household hazardous waste facility as long as the business meets the Environmental Protection Agency requirements for being a CESQG of hazardous waste. To meet these requirements, the business cannot generate more than 220 lbs. of non-acutely hazardous waste or 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste in one month, or accumulate no more than 2,200 lbs. of non-acutely hazardous waste on site at any time.

Call the MCMUA for an appointment at (973) 631-5109, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition to the permanent HHW facility, the MCMUA continues to operate several individual HHW disposal events at differing locations. At least one HHW disposal event per year is held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. All HHW disposal events are held either in the spring or the fall and serve Morris County residents with residential HHW. If any resident would like to receive a notification concerning future HHW disposal events, s/he may contact the MCMUA offices at (973) 285-8390 in order to be placed on the HHW mailing list. Note: Businesses, municipalities and out-of-county residents are not allowed to participate in the MCMUA one-day HHW disposal events.

The MCMUA also accepts fluorescent lamps and other hazardous lamps, for recycling at its recycling consolidation center in Dover. Interested parties may call the MCMUA directly at 973-829-8006 for more information concerning this program.


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Acceptable Materials at MCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Programs

  • There are no maximum amounts of household hazardous waste that Morris County residents may bring per visit, except no more than 55 gallons of used motor oil and no more than 100 lbs of asbestos per person. Note: no one may drop off 100 lbs of asbestos multiple times as a means to dispose of more than 100 lbs of asbestos as part of the MCMUA's hazardous waste program.
  • Materials will not be accepted in containers larger than five gallons in size.
  • All materials must be in clearly marked containers with the contents identified.
     

Common examples of acceptable materials include the following:

  • E-waste (electronics) televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, scanners, and audio equipment
  • oil-based paints and varnishes, stains, lacquers (liquid or solidified)
  • solvents and paint thinners
  • propane cylinders (BBQ-sized propane cylinders cost $5/cyl. at permanent HHW facility and there is no charge for camping stove-sized propane cylinders)
  • pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers
  • pool chemicals and chlorine
  • batteries, if they are rechargeable and/or hazardous dry-cell batteries (button-cell and lithium). Alkaline batteries are not hazardous and are not accepted (put them into the garbage).
  • batteries for car and boat (lead-acid)
  • automotive fluids such as oil, antifreeze and brake, transmission and steering fluids, etc.
  • gasoline (must be transported in a certified gas can)
  • automotive cleaning products
  • thermometers and thermostats containing mercury
  • fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs that contain mercury
  • asbestos in small quantities, must be under 100 lbs., wet down, double-bagged, sealed with duct tape, and sized to fit into 55-gallon drums
  • kerosene
  • aerosol cans
  • driveway sealant and roofing tar if they contain coal tar or petroleum distillates
  • adhesives
  • caulks
  • cooking oil
  • photography chemicals
  • nail polish and nail polish remover (acetone)
  • muriatic acid
  • caustic cleaning materials
  • fire extinguishers
     

Unacceptable Materials at MCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Programs

The following materials are unacceptable at HHW programs:

  • Explosives or highly reactive materials since these may be dangerous! Always call first for safety instructions. DO NOT bring these materials without prior authorization! These dangerous items include, but are not limited to the following:
    • picric acid
    • isopropyl ether
    • calcium carbide
    • perchloric acid
    • benzoyl peroxide
  • Materials in containers larger than five gallons in size
  • Dried, hard, solid latex paint or empty paint cans; these are accepted for disposal at the transfer stations with other non-hazardous solid waste. Residents should remove the lids from these dried-out cans and dispose of both types into their household garbage.
  • Latex or water-based paints are not hazardous and are not accepted at MCMUA hazardous waste disposal programs. Latex paint may be safely disposed of in the garbage when it is dried out. Dry out latex paint cans by stirring absorbent material such as cat litter into the paint. The paint will harden within a few minutes. Leave the lid off the can, put the lid and the can into the regular garbage. A hazardous waste handling fee of $1.25 per pound is charged for latex paint. Latex paint will not be accepted whatsoever during one-day hazardous waste disposal events.
  • Tires
  • Smoke detectors
  • Medical waste, including pharmaceuticals, syringes and needles
  • Construction materials such as wood, treated lumber, asphalt, or concrete
  • Appliances such as microwave ovens, washers, dryers; freon-containing appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, humidifiers.
     

Household Hazardous Waste for the Resident

Household Hazardous Waste Links

How do I get rid of paint?

Click here for information regarding management of paint, including latex paint.

How do I recycle electronics?

Click here for information regarding management of electronics (E-waste).

How do I recycle refrigerators, air conditioners or dehumidifiers with freon or CFCs?

Click here for information regarding management of appliances and freon or CFCs.

How do I dispose of smoke detectors?

Click here for information regarding the disposal of smoke detectors.


Hazardous Waste Information For Business

Q. Can a business use the MCMUA hazardous waste program?

A. Pre-qualified businesses and institutions may drop off hazardous waste at the MCMUA's permanent HHW facility located at the Mount Olive transfer station by appointment and for a fee. Business or institutional waste is not accepted at MCMUA one-day hazardous waste disposal programs.

Q. Are there rechargeable battery recycling programs for businesses?

Call2Recycle® will provide free-of-charge drop-off boxes to any business for the collection and recycling of their own rechargeable batteries.  All one has to do is sign up online at http://www.call2recycle.org.  Retailers open to the public will be listed on the Call2Recycle® zip code locator and toll-free help-lines to encourage residents to recycle.   Additionally, businesses can still participate in the Call2Recycle® program without being advertised as a public drop-off location if they do not want to listed as such.  Since everything is free of charge, the MCMUA is encouraging every business and/or public agency to request a drop-off box for its office or work site. Click here for more information about household battery recycling/disposal.


Hazardous Waste Management for Governmental Institutions

Q. Can a governmental institution and/or school use the MCMUA hazardous waste program?

A. Pre-qualified institutions may drop off hazardous waste at the MCMUA's permanent HHW facility located at the Mount Olive transfer station by appointment and for a fee. Institutional waste is not accepted at MCMUA one-day hazardous waste disposal programs.

Q. Can governmental institutions recycle rechargeable batteries with Call2Recycle® ?

Call2Recycle® will provide free-of-charge drop-off boxes to any public entity for the collection and recycling of their own rechargeable batteries.  All one has to do is sign up online at http://www.call2recycle.org.  Public drop-off sites open to the general public will be listed on the Call2Recycle® zip code locator and toll-free help-lines to encourage residents to recycle.   Additionally, institutions can still participate in the Call2Recycle® program without being advertised as a public drop-off location if they do not want to listed as such.  Since everything is free of charge, the MCMUA is encouraging every public agency to request a drop-off box for its office or work site. For those public entities that utilize 2-way radios such as police, fire, public works and emergency services, the Call2Recycle® program is a great way to conveniently manage the rechargeable batteries that are generated and need to be recycled. Click here for more information about household battery recycling/disposal.