Recycling

PLEASE CLICK HERE to download the "Morris Plains Guide to Recycling"

PLEASE CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Recycling Calendar.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to download the 2020 Recycling Calendar.

MORRIS PLAINS RECYCLING UPDATE - JULY, 2019

MORRIS COUNTY TO ROLL OUT NEW "TAG-IT AND LEAVE-IT" RECYCLING PROGRAM THAT WILL CHANGE HOW MORRIS PLAINS RESIDENTS RECYCLE:

Morris County to roll out a new “Tag-it and Leave-it” program that will begin later this year (October/November) due to the implementation of stricter requirements, accepting only acceptable recyclable materials.

In order to avoid rejected loads at the local recycling facility, which first separates the single-stream recyclables into the individual materials that make up the recycling, the Morris County MUA plans to roll out the “Tag-it & Leave-it” program. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE to get information on the new program and what will be required of all households in the Borough

MORRIS PLAINS RECYCLING UPDATE - 12/2018:

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The MCMUA has been doing inspections of curbside recycling materials throughout the county.  Morris Plains received the following feedback regarding our recycling.  "As in most Morris County towns, plastic bags are the main source of contamination in Morris Plains. Two other common types of contamination we found were unrinsed food containers and greasy pizza boxes."

Please be sure to keep all plastic bags out of recycling bins.  When ordering pizza, please throw out the bottom piece of cardboard if it is greasy and recycle the top part.  

In addition, we also received the following from the MCMUA:

For 2019  there is a change in acceptable plastics.  We will only be accepting #1, #2 & #5 plastic bottles/containers.  This is due to the stringent restrictions that have been put in place and changes in market conditions.  Please do NOT recycle #3, #4, #6 and #7


Reminder- we no longer are able to take books at the recycling center.  If you go to www.newlegacybooks.com you will be able to find the location of book collection bins.

For more information on Recycling, click on the RECYCLING tab on this website under ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES.

CAN A PIZZA BOX BE RECYCLED?

Pizzabox

IMPORTANT RECYCLING NEWS: 

MORRIS PLAINS RECYCLING CENTER NO LONGER ACCEPTING BOOKS FOR RECYCLING:

07/12/2018 - The recycling center is no longer able to accept any printed books for recycling. 

For people wanting to recycle books, they can find a green container in other towns by clicking on the link below.

http://www.newlegacybooks.com/Donate-Books-.html 

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MORRIS PLAINS RECYCLING DEPOT REGARDING E-WASTE RECYCLING

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 There is now a specially marked container at the Center for large bulky plastic items like bins, milk crates, large plastic (non-electronic) toys, laundry baskets etc.  (NO PVC, please).

The Center is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon on Saturdays. 

The Electronics and Scrap Metal Bins are open from 8:00 am to Noon only.  Please do not leave these items when the containers are closed.

Non-recyclable items and trash should not be left at the Center at any time. 

 PLEASE CLICK HERE For further recycling details

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NJ Clean Energy Refrigerator Recycling Program:

This program provides a $50 reward and free pick up of old refrigerators and freezers for New Jersey residents. Through this program, NJCEP safely recycles 95% of each unit. Residents can make an appointment for a free pick up by calling 1-877-270-3520 or by visiting www.NJCleanEnergy.com.

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CLICK HERE for Single Stream Recycling Information

CLICK HERE for Rigid Plastic Recycling Information 

CLICK HERE for Battery Recycling information.

CLICK HERE for Shredded Paper Recycling Information 

CLICK HERE for Pizza Box Recycling Information

RECYCLABLE MATERIALS:

All materials must be at the curb the night before the collection day. If not picked up by 3:00 p.m., call Borough Hall (973)538-2224 by 10 a.m. on the following day. Labels for containers are available by calling the Department of Public Works. If you have a problem with collection, you must call the municipal office no later than 10:00 a.m. the morning following your collection day. All containers must have handles and should weigh no more than 50 lbs.

SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING IS HERE!

Single Stream Recycling will be picked up curbside every Tuesday (If Tuesday is a holiday, pickup may be postponed .)

This means that from now on you can put all of the following materials together into the same recycling bin(s):

Aluminum Cans, Steel (Tin) Cans, Glass Bottles, Junk Mail, Chipboard, Newspapers, Mixed Paper, Plastic Containers, Magazines, and Cardboard Boxes

Remove and throw away plastic caps or lids, however, put clean metal lids into the container for mixed recyclables.

GLASS BOTTLES and JARS 
Clear, brown and green only. No mirrors, glasses, light bulbs or pyrex.

PLASTIC CONTAINERS/FIVE TYPES 

NOTE:  For 2019  there is a change in acceptable plastics.  We will only be accepting #1, #2 & #5 plastic bottles/containers.  This is due to the stringent restrictions that have been put in place and changes in market conditions.  


Look for the following codes on the bottom of plastic containers: 
     - PETE (coded #1) 
     - HDPE (coded #2)
       PP (coded #5)

NO CONTAINERS CODED WITH A #3, #4, #6  or #7 ARE ALLOWED!


PREPARATION - Empty and rinse bottles and discard plastic caps. Combine with other mixed recyclables in same rigid and reusable container. DO NOT include motor-oil, anti-freeze containers. If possible, flatten plastic bottles to conserve space.

No plastic bags are to be put into curbside recycling receptacles or into the roll-offs designated for single-stream recycling at Reimer Recycling Center in the Borough of Morris Plains; plastic bags gum up the works at the facilities where recyclables are processed.


ALUMINUM CANS 
No pots or pans. Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil are OK 

PREPARATION - Rinse and combine with other mixed recyclables in a rigid and reusable container.



STEEL CONTAINERS 
Includes food/beverage cans, EMPTY paint cans and EMPTY aerosol cans (with plastic tops removed). Put empty insecticide or pesticide cans into the trash; if they are not empty, dispose of them through the Morris County household hazardous waste program. Information is available at mcmua.com or call 973-829-8006. 

PREPARATION - Combine with other mixed recyclables after removing plastic caps or lids. DRY, EMPTY and OPEN paint cans (from both latex and oil-based paints) are acceptable. Remove lids from steel paint cans, and put them into the mixed recyclable container.



NEWSPAPER

All Other Paper

Brush Pick-Up

We ask your cooperation in making Brush Pick-up more efficient by observing the following guidelines:

  1. NO BRANCHES OR LIMBS MORE THAN 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER WILL BE PICKED UP. Only branches, limbs and logs that can be chipped will be collected.
  2. SMALL LIMBS AND TWIGS should be tied in 1-FOOT ROUND BUNDLES NO LONGER THAN 6 FEET.
  3. ALL BRANCHES, LIMBS OR LOGS should be no longer than 6 feet, neatly stacked, all in one direction. No more than 3 inches in diameter are allowed. CHIPPER LIMITS.
  4. VINES AND PRICKER BUSHES must be tied in BUNDLES.
  5. STUMPS are to be free of DIRT AND DEBRIS.
  6. NO LEAVES OR GRASS CLIPPINGS are allowed with Brush Pick-Up.
  7. NO LUMBER, METAL, BUILDING MATERIAL OR FOREIGN DEBRIS are allowed.

REMINDER: If you are an OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR to cut down a tree, trim trees, bushes and/or landscape, the CONTRACTOR IS RESPONSIBLE for hauling it away — not the Borough.

VIOLATIONS: If Brush Pick-Up procedures are not followed, brush will not be picked up and a notice will be left describing the violation(s).

GRASS CLIPPINGS - Mid-April  - Mid-October yearly. The only material which should be put into the covered containers for Wednesday pick-ups is grass. Please: NO TWIGS, BRANCHES, STONES OR OTHER MATERIALS.

LEAF PICKUP - Mid-October - Mid-December yearly.  PLEASE, NO grass, sticks, vines or stones in leaves. Rake leaves to curbside. DO NOT PUT LEAVES IN BAGS.

CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP - - JANUARY 3 - 19 yearly.  No brush will be picked up. No plastic bags, nails, wire or ornaments are to be left on trees.

Thank you for your cooperation - Department of Public Works - 973-538-4494