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Household Hazardous Waste Events

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Periodic disposal events are conducted during a few weekends in the spring and fall at sites in Morris County. These disposal days are open to Morris County residents only. Commercial generators must use the permanent HHW facility or a universal waste recycling program.

Click here for a copy of the 2017 household hazardous waste event day flyers which include directions to the different locations.

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9am-2pm
    Public Safety (Firefighters and Police) Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    Note: GPS units have trouble locating this site so please use the maps below.
     
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9am-2pm
    Public Safety (Firefighters and Police) Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    Note: GPS units have trouble locating this site so please use the maps below.
     
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9am-2pm
    Pequannock Valley Park, Marvin Road, Pequannock, NJ 07444

Computer and TV Drop-Off
The MCMUA's disposal days will also feature a computer, TV, electronics, e-waste, etc. drop-off for demanufacturing at the same location. There is no longer a cost for residents to drop off and recycle electronics. As of 2011, NJ's Electronic Waste Management Act required manufacturers to provide programs for the collection of these items at no cost to residents.

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.
     

Maps to Drop-Off Sites

Public Safety (Firefighters and Police) Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054

Pequannock Valley Park, Marvin Road, Pequannock, NJ 07444