Vegetative Waste Recycling

The MCMUA owns and operates two vegetative waste recycling facilities, one in Parsippany and the other in Mount Olive for the recycling of leaves, grass, and brush. These facilities accept natural vegetative waste from contracting municipalities, contractors, and landscapers. Businesses must first FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL prior to using the MCMUA facilities.

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Hours and Locations

Parsippany Facility
Located behind the Morris County
Public Safety Training Academy
500 West Hanover Avenue
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Normal Hours: M-F, 7am-noon and 1-3pm

Mount Olive Facility
Waterloo Road, Mount Olive, NJ 07828
Located at the intersection of Waterloo Valley and Waterloo Roads near the International Trade Zone, Mount Olive
Normal Hours:M-F, 7am-noon and 1-3pm

On-site personnel are not available during the lunch hour and commercial contractors are not permitted to enter facilities between noon and 1:00 p.m.

Forms and Guidance

Compost Facility Rules - Click here for a PDF copy of the MCMUA's rules and regulations regarding use of the vegetative waste facilities. Prior to using any of the the vegetative waste facilities, please print these rules, sign and send the MCMUA a copy of the signed document indicating that the rules have been read and understood. Additionally, please maintain a copy of these rules in all vehicles accessing the MCMUA's vegetative waste sites. Compliance with these rules is mandated and appreciated.

Compost Guide - Click here for a copy of our Compost Guide.

  • Dump/material tickets are available at each individual compost facility and all commercial entities (landscapers, contractors, etc.) must pay in full by check (no cash or credit cards accepted) at the time of drop off. Additionally, a weekly blank check may be left with the MCMUA to pay for one week's worth of dumping using the weekly blank check.
  • Commercial Businesses Wanting to Pick Up Mulch or Compost - Commercial businesses are still required to meet the MCMUA's requirements by:
    1. filling out an MCMUA application
    2. adhering to our insurance requirements, and
    3. registering with the MCMUA's contractual marketing company, Naturcycle, LLC prior to picking up material for the first time of the season. Once registered your company will be invoiced and directly by Naturcycle for the pick up of material while the MCMUA requires a check prior to the drop off of material at its facilities.

Residents are not permitted to come into either of our sites to drop off vegetative waste. Residents needing to recycle vegetative waste are encouraged to check what services their municipality provide or utilize services from local recycling markets.

Composting Process

Click to Download the Compost Guide Throughout the year, the MCMUA facilities accept natural vegetative waste, including leaves and grass, from contracting municipalities, contractors, and landscapers. In the fall, the leaves are ground with grass into windrows. During winter and spring, the windrows are turned frequently by windrow machines which provide oxygen to hasten decomposition. This creates the crumbly black compost ideal for all gardening needs and helping plants grow better, improving soil structure, helping soil retain water, and adds vital organic matter to the soil. The compost produced at these sites is sold to residents, landscapers, and commercial companies who mix it with other ingredients to produce topsoil.

Please note, compost is not top soil and will not perform as such but compost can be used to make or improve top soil.

Click here for a copy of our Compost Guide.

Recommended Compost Apllication Rates

  • Turf/Sod Establishment & Soil Amending
    Incorporate compost into the top 3" to 5" of soil at a rate of 1 cubic yard per 1,000 sq ft. Blend into existing stockpiles of soil based on agronomic rates as needed.
  • Turf Maintenance & Topdressing of Turf
    Apply compost at a rate of 0.75 cubic yards per 1,000 sq ft on established turf and work into existing soil. For best results, aerate before topdressing and water immediately after spreading compost.
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    Mix or rototill 1/2" of compost into existing soils at a depth of 3" to 5" before planting.
  • Tree & Shrub Planting
    When planting, blend 10% compost with 90% existing soil backfill by volume. Remove debris and mix well to achieve better root growth.
  • Container Plants
    Blend no more than 10% compost by volume with traditional commercial potting media. Be sure to water thoroughly after planting. A soil-less media test is recommended to determine specific agronomic needs.
  • The above rates are general use recommendations. Please consult with a horticultural professional, certified crop advisor, or university extension agent to further refine individual uses.
  • Compost is used for landscaping and gardening services only. It is not intended for human consumption.
  • All products are testing according to NJDEP specifications, namely N.J.A.C. 7:26A-4.3.

Mulch Process

Tree parts and brush are placed through a wood grinder twice to produce a fine wood mulch end product. The double ground wood mulch is sold to residents, landscapers, and garden centers for use as ground cover around shrubs, trees, etc.

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Compost, Mulch and Vegetative Waste for the Resident

Purchase compost and/or mulch delivery by credit card by clcking the button below. First purchase the deliveries by credit card and then we will contact you to schedule, coordinate and confirm your delivery.
Compost/Mulch Payment by Credit Card

Residential and Commercial delivery (year-round) of mulch and compost

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Double-Ground Wood Mulch (for landscaping around trees and shrubs)

  • $210.00 for ten cubic yards delivered
  • $150.00 for five cubic yards delivered

Screened Compost (decomposed leaves and grass; soil amendment for lawns, vegetable gardens and flower beds)

  • $220.00 for ten cubic yards delivered
  • $155.00 for five cubic yards delivered

Unscreened Compost (impurities such as rocks and trash are not screened out from the decomposed leaves and grass; soil amendment for lawns, vegetable gardens and flower beds)

  • $125.00 for ten cubic yards delivered
  • $100.00 for five cubic yards delivered

Q. Who may order a delivery?

A. Deliveries of double-ground wood mulch and screened compost are delivered by truck to residential and commercial locations with paved surfaces on which to dump the material. Delivery is available to Morris County and its surrounding counties. Call to see if we can deliver to your location. Additionally,the drop off site must ensure that no overhead obstructions are over the drop off area as the truck's back will need to be raised to off load the material.

Q. Can you guarantee a specific delivery time?

A. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any specific delivery time. Our drivers arrange their own delivery schedules, and many variables affect the day's deliveries, including traffic, weather, and the locations of that day's deliveries. We may indicate that someone prefers an a.m. or p.m. delivery, but we cannot guarantee morning or afternoon delivery. Deliveries may be performed anytime between 6:30AM and 5:30PM.

Q. How can I order wood mulch or screened compost?

While we are not delivering in the winter months, seasonally, to place an order for home delivery please you would call either the dedicated compost delivery appointment line at (973) 285-8389 or main office line (973) 285-8383 to place your order and appointment.

Compost/Mulch Payment by Credit Card

Q. How will I Pay?

A. Payments are made either by day-of-delivery check or prepaid through our online payment portal via credit card.

When paying by check a customer will leave a check for the full amount in a location at the exterior of your home that is accessible to the driver. Typically, the check is taped to the front door or garage where the material is dumped but the location will be discussed when you place your order. If a check for the full amount is not left on the day of delivery, the material will not be dumped.

When paying by credit card a customer will first pay for their delivery through our online payment portal. An MUA representative will follow up with phone call to arrange your delivery date and an e-mail receipt will be sent for proof of payment.

Q. Will I be notified/reminded the day before my delivery?

A. Yes, you will be called prior to your delivery date. However, please mark your calendar and note the delivery date scheduled so you do not forget to do the following:

1) Put out a tarp, sign, or marker designating the delivery dump site.
2) Leave your check for payment at the location designated at the time the delivery appointment was scheduled if paying by check.

The reasons compost or mulch are not left on scheduled days are because the driver cannot determine where to dump the load, the driver does not have proper access to a driveway or dumping location, and/or there was no check left for payment.

Q. What Is the Refund Policy?

Once material has been delivered it cannot be removed from the property. If you are not satisfield with the product delivered, please call the MCMUA customer service at 973-285-8385 within one day after delivery.

Q. How do I cancel my order?

Orders can be canceled up to 48 hours in advance. Please note that if you do not cancel an order and a driver shows at your residence, you will be billed for the full amount of the material ordered.

Q. Can I leave a message regarding my order after hours?

A. No. If you need to change or cancel an order, you must call the MCMUA and speak directly with a representative. We cannot accept responsibility for any messages left on the MCMUA's voice mail system. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Q. What is screened compost?

A. Screened compost consists of leaves that break down (decompose) over a period of months. After autumn leaves are deposited at our recycling facilities, they are turned weekly and are broken down by April/May into a black, crumbly soil amendment known as compost. The material is then screened in a large screener, and bulky materials including large sticks, twigs, etc., are removed and a finer, finished compost is produced.

Q. What are the benefits of compost?

A. Compost helps plants grow better, improves soil structure, helps the soil retain water, helps release plant nutrients and adds vital organic matter to the soil.

Q. What is double-ground wood mulch?

A. Double-ground wood mulch consists of tree parts, branches, brush and wood chips. Brush and tree parts are processed once and then mixed with wood chips for a second grind resulting in a more finely ground mulch.

Q. What are the benefits of wood mulch?

A. Wood mulch is used around trees, shrubs, landscape plants, and flower beds to help reduce weeds, conserve moisture and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. Wood mulch breaks down slowly and adds organic matter to the soil. Generally, a mulch layer of two to four inches will reduce weeds, conserve moisture, and increase the attractiveness around shrubs and trees. When mulching around trees, remember to keep mulch approximately six inches from the trees trunk.

Q. Approximately how many square feet will ground-wood mulch cover at different depths?

Cubic Yard Coverage Table - General Guide
  • 1 c.y. = 324 square feet at 1" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 162 square feet at 2" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 108 square feet at 3" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 81 square feet at 4" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 64 square feet at 5" depth

Q. What is the current availability for residential pickup of mulch and compost?


Parsippany Vegetative Waste Recycling Facility

Mount Olive Vegetative Waste Recycling Facility

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Q. Where are the vegetative waste facilities for residential pickup of mulch and compost?

A. Our Parsippany facility is behind the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany 07054. Click here for directions.

Our Mount Olive facility is off Waterloo Valley Road in the International Trade Zone in Mount Olive. Click here for directions.

The MCMUA makes available on a first-come / first-served basis unscreened compost and double ground wood mulch for Morris County residents free of charge from piles located at the entrance of each site. Morris County residents may take FREE of charge a maximum of 2 Cubic Yards of each product per household. Both locations are under video surveillance to minimize abuse of these piles and prevent illegal dumping. Commercial entities are not permitted to take any of the FREE material as it is exclusively put out for residentially pick up only.

This FREE pickup of material is provided by the MCMUA as a community service so please respect our facilities and others when loading your material. Please note that active screening of compost at the pickup area is not permitted. Additionally, there is no residential drop off (dumping) of materials allowed at the sites whatsoever. Those that violate this rule and illegally dump on our facilities will no longer be permitted on site for future pickup of any materials and may be subject to enforcement actions.

Customers seeking larger quantities, The MCMUA sells and delivers truckload quantities of screened and unscreened compost and double ground wood mulch on year-round basis. Landscaping products can be delivered in quantities of 5 and 10 cubic yard increments for each product and pricing for each can be found here for these delivery quantities.

Commercial businesses are NOT permitted to take material from the piles of wood mulch or unscreened compost at either site. Click here for information about purchasing compost and mulch in bulk by businesses.

Q. Are Morris County residents permitted to dump at these facilities?

The MCMUA vegetative waste recycling facilities are not open to the general public for the recycling of leaves, grass, brush, or wood chips. They are open only to pre-approved contractors and municipalities. Please DO NOT enter these facilities. Heavy equipment operates daily and objects that enter a grinder, screener or compost windrow turner can be ejected with tremendous force over long distances. If you have a question, comment, or concern, call 973-631-5109. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THESE FACILITIES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER.

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Compost/Mulch Sales & Vegetative Waste Recycling for Businesses

Bulk compost and mulch sales and leaf, grass and brush recycling

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NaturCycle, PO Box 97, Plainville, NY 13137
Telphone: 315-707-8955
Email: mrayo @

For current compost pricing click here or review the "Commercial Business Pricing" flyer.

Wood Mulch Pricing from the MCMUA

  • $10.00/c.y. - Wood Mulch Pick-up

Site Locations

Please note, this additional drop-off service by is separate from the MCMUA's general use requirements needed to access the facilities and pickup material.

Q. What are the insurance requirements to use the MCMUA compost facilities?

A. The MCMUA compost facilities have the same vehicle and worker's compensation insurance requirements as those for the MCMUA transfer stations. Click here to view these insurance requirements. Vehicles may not enter the MCMUA compost facilities without first providing proof of insurance coverage in the form of valid certificates of insurance.

Q. Is the compost tested?

A. In addition to routine sampling at both facilities as required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the MCMUA, in partnership with Naturcycle LLC, has enrolled the Parsippany-Troy Hills site in the United States Composting Council, LLC Seal of Testing Assurance "Certified" Compost program and the Mount Olive site in the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Program.

Logo of STA Certified CompostThe USCC STA Certification is an ongoing independent analysis conducted at certified laboratories and provides a technical data sheet with important agronomic information as well as health and safety data about the compost. This is designed to give the customer the information needed in order to get the maximum benefit from the compost. Currently, this is the only compost testing program available that gives you this type of information. For more information about the STA program, visit the USCC STA website.

Logo of STA Certified Compost OMRI Listed compost is approved as a soil amendment for use in compliance with the United States Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program as a soil amendment by the Organic Materials Review Institute. It is important to note that listed products only use ingredients and formulations that are allowed under the organic standards so the compost itself cannot be certified organic, only approved for use as an input to certified organic production and processing. For more information about the OMRI program, visit the OMRI website.

Q. Where are the facilities located for dropping off and purchasing bulk material?

A. Our Parsippany facility is behind the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany 07054. Click here for directions. Our Mount Olive facility is off Waterloo Valley Road in the International Trade Zone in Mount Olive. Click here for directions.

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Leaf, Grass and Brush Recycling for Municipalities

  • Ticket books used for municipalities dropping off vegetative waste are available at either facility during operating hours. Note: all transactions require a valid drop off ticket. Questions regarding these tickets may be directed to any of the MCMUA on site employees.
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  • Vehicle Registration - All municipalities must be pre-registered with MCMUA before being allowed to drop off or pick up any material. Please complete and email the Vehicle Registration Form to the MCMUA at On this form you will be require to provide a listing of the type of vehicle(s), license plate number(s), and their cubic yard capacities.
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Vegetative Waste Recycling for Morris County Municipalities

Drop-off of Vegetative Waste

  • $6.50/c.y. - Leaf Composting Drop-off
  • $7.50/c.y. - Leaf (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
  • $9.50/c.y. - Grass Composting Drop-off
  • $10.50/c.y. - Grass (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
  • $6.50/c.y. - Brush Recycling Drop-off
  • $7.50/c.y. - Brush (Compacted) Recycling Drop-off
  • $5.00/c.y. - Lake Weed Recycling Drop-off
  • $0.00/c.y. - Christmas Tree (Clean) Recycling Drop-off
  • $3.00/c.y. - Wood Chip Recycling Drop-off

Pick-up and Purchase of Vegetative Products

  • $10.00/c.y. - Wood Mulch Pick-up
  • $5.00/c.y. - Unscreened Compost Pick-up
  • $16.00/c.y. - Screened Compost Pick-up
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Vegetative Waste Recycling for Non-Morris County Municipalities

Drop-off of Vegetative Waste

  • $8.00/c.y. - Leaf Composting Drop-off
  • $9.00/c.y. - Leaf (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
  • $11.00/c.y. - Grass Composting Drop-off
  • $12.00/c.y. - Grass (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
  • $8.00/c.y. - Brush Recycling Drop-off
  • $9.00/c.y. - Brush (Compacted) Recycling Drop-off
  • $5.00/c.y. - Lake Weed Recycling Drop-off
  • $3.00/c.y. - Wood Chips

Pick-up and Purchase of Vegetative Products

  • $10.00/c.y. - Wood Mulch Pick-up
  • $5.00/c.y. - Unscreened Compost Pick-up
  • $16.00/c.y. - Screened Compost Pick-up

Preparation Requirements for Acceptance

Vegetative collection includes grass, leaves and brush. To best comply with MCMUA facility requirements, we recommend residential collection where residents are instructed to place leaves and grass in biodegradable brown paper bags with the bag open or in open containers with handles. Brush must be kept and collected separately from grass and leaves. Leaves should not be swept into the gutter. For easy collection, we can accept , branches or brush tied with string in bundles not to exceed 18 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length. No limbs or brush over 4 inches in diameter will be accepted.

Acceptable Brush
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Unacceptable Material
No garbage - No plastic bags - No plastic flower pots - No rocks or metal - No water bottles - No animal waste - No wood waste - No food waste
No branches/brush mixed with leaves and grass
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