Verona encourages all residents to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost as much of their household waste as possible. The township provides two weekly collections of garbage / refuse and disposes of some 5,000 tons of material annually at the Essex County Incinerator. Several recyclable items are picked up in Verona. Others can be brought to the Recycling Center (10 Commerce Court).
To know your collection days please refer to the 2014 Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling schedule: www.veronanj.org/garbagecollection
Watch the informational video Verona Recycling 101. The VEC just produced it with the VHS Environmental Club. The video explains our recycling guidelines.
Batteries: Bring your spent rechargeable batteries to the
Verona Recycling Center and place them in the designated bin (batteries commonly used in cell phones, laptop computers, toys and digital cameras). For increased safety, the Department of Transportation requires to
place a piece of tape on each of the terminal ends to prevent short-circuiting. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration clarified that you do not have to cover the terminals of spent alkaline dry cell batteries (9 volts or less) during shipping.
Cardboard Boxes: Bring to Recycling Center, place in Corrugated Cardboard dumpster. Remember to flatten boxes and remove packaging materials and Styrofoam. All other cardboard such as cereal boxes go in the mixed paper bin. Juice boxes, used pizza boxes and milk cartons go in your regular garbage.
Cereal Boxes: And other Paperboard/Chipboard like cracker boxes and paper towel cores should be placed at the curb for collection on your designated collection day for junk mail pick up or brought to the recycling center and placed in the mixed paper collection container. Drink boxes go in the regular garbage and Corrugated cardboard boxes should be brought to the recycling center and placed in its bin.
Christmas Trees: Place at curb on Wednesdays during January.
Construction/Remodeling Materials: Residents should dispose of it privately, do not include in Bulky Item Collection.
Electronic Waste: Bring to the Recycling Center and place in the designated area. TVs, computers and monitors, audio players, printers, keyboards, etc. contain mercury, cadmium, lead and other hazardous components.
Glass, Plastic and Metal Cans: are known as Commingled Materials. Rinse items and place at the curb in reusable bin on designated collection days or bring them to the Recycling Center. The following items are accepted: aluminum and tin cans, glass food and beverage containers, plastic containers and bottles (marked 1 & 2) that contained food, soda, milk, juice, water, detergent, shampoo and other health care products. Do not include plate glass, ceramics, light bulbs, Styrofoam, plastic bags, beverage cartons, paint cans, pesticide, motor oil or antifreeze containers.
Grass/Leaves Waste: Vegetative waste when packed in biodegradable bags or tied in bundles weighing less than fifty (50) pounds are picked-up curbside on Wednesdays from March 1 to December 31. Refer to the Yard Waste section below for more disposal guidelines.
Hazardous Household Waste: Many products used for cleaning, home improvements, automobile, lawn and garden care contain ingredients that can harm human health and the environment. Oil-based paints, pesticides, rechargeable batteries and even thermometers are some of them. Bring yours to the HHW Essex County Collection Day in May and October. For more information contact the Essex County Utilities Authority at (973) 857-2350 or visit their website www.ecuanj.com
Junk Mail and Magazines: Place at the curb on scheduled Junk Mail collection days.
Medicine: The Verona Police Department periodically sponsors a collection of unwanted medication. It doesn't go in the garbage or drain because it could accidentally poison someone or pollute the environment.
Motor Oil: Recycle by pouring it in the Used Oil Container located in the Public Works Garage. There is also a container to pour your used antifreeze.
Mixed Paper: Bring telephone books, cereal boxes, office paper and other non-news print to the Mixed Paper dumpster in the Recycling Center.
Newspapers: Tie them together with string or place them in a reusable container for curb collection on Newspaper collection days. Avoid placing them in paper or plastic bags. Sunday supplement editions are also accepted. Magazines are collected on the Junk Mail collection day.
Tires: Get a disposal permit from Public Works first (passenger tire permit $5 each, truck tire permit $10 each) and dispose at Public Works Yard after removing rim (place rim in the Metal Container).
White Goods/Metal: Refrigerators, air conditioners, window frames, bicycles, etc. can be place at the curb on White Goods/Metal collection days.
Metal Items: Bicycles, file cabinets, etc. can also be brought to the Metal dumpster in the Recycling Center.
Please read the details below for each category. All of these items, including Recyclables, should be separated and handled in accordance with the regulations and 2014 schedules. Help reduce the township's disposal costs and improve the environment!
You can donate your unwanted bicycles to either Pedals For Progress or The Boys and Girls Club of Newark. Bikes in any condition are wanted by both organizations and will be restored, or repurposed in a myriad of ways. Pedals for Progress also wants sewing machines.
For more information please contact the VEC.
Never place Household Hazardous Waste in the garbage or recycle bin and don't pour it down the drain
Go to the Essex County Utilities Authority website for information on scheduled collection days and a list of acceptable Household Hazardous Waste and Computer-Electronics Recycling.
For proper medical waste disposal go to: Clean Air, Clean Water
Place the materials below for curbside collection, refer to the 2014 Schedule for collection days. Materials set out on the wrong collection date will not be picked up. Electronics and cardboard should be brought to the Recycling Center.
The Commerce Court Recycling Center is open every day throughout the year for the following materials:
The Public Works Yard is located at 5 Ozone Avenue. The following items are not picked up curbside and must be brought to the Public Work Yard, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm:
Tires are disposed at the Public Works Yard after securing a Disposal Permit (passenger tire permit $5 each, truck tire permit $10 each) from the Public works Administration Office in 10 Commerce Court (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm). Remove tire from rim before disposal, place the metal rim in the Metal Container.
Used Motor Oil and used Antifreeze should be pour each in the designated containers located in the Public Works Garage for recycling.
All rechargeable batteries (batteries commonly used in cell phones, laptop computers, toys and digital cameras) must be brought to the Public Works Garage for recycling. For safety place a piece of tape on each of the terminal ends. These batteries contain heavy metals and therefore are classified as Household Hazardous Waste.
There are two categories of batteries: standard and rechargeable. Most of the heavy metals in standard household alkaline batteries, such as AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt, were removed over 20 years ago so these batteries are no longer classified as Household Hazardous Waste. Therefore residents are no longer prohibited from disposing of them as refuse (garbage). These standard household batteries are also accepted at the annual Essex County HHW Collection Drop-off events.
The more toxic materials (mainly cadmium and lead) are found in rechargeable batteries, which are commonly used in cell phones, laptop computers and digital cameras. These batteries contain heavy metals and therefore are classified as Household Hazardous Waste. They are consequently prohibited from disposal as refuse. These include: nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad), the most common type of portable rechargeable battery; nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH); lithium ion (Li-Ion); and small sealed lead (Pb) rechargeable batteries. Also, button cell batteries for watches and lithium batteries for cameras contain heavy metals.
Essex County residents: Button batteries and all rechargeable must be disposed as listed under Hazardous Waste. For safety bag each battery or tape each of the terminal ends before recycling. Bring them to Radio Shack (in Verona), Staples (in Cedar Grove) or the Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste collection events. These events are usually held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. For current schedules, contact the Essex County Utilities Authority at (973) 857-2350. Visit www.ecuanj.com for details or click here to read more. Remember, household hazardous waste in landfills or incinerators poses a serious hazard to human health and the environment, so all NJ residents are prohibited from disposing of HHW as garbage.
Vegetative waste materials (grass, leaves, hedge and brush clippings, weeds, etc.) when packed in biodegradable bags or tied in bundles weighing less than fifty (50) pounds are picked-up curbside on Wednesdays from March 1 to December 31 by the Garbage Collection Contractor. Public Works also picks up Vegetative Waste during peak seasons. Do not place Vegetative Waste with other Solid Waste for disposal, it should be recycled as required by NJDEP.
-Residents are limited to four bags or bundles per pickup which must be placed at the curb before 6:30 am the day of the collection or no earlier than 7 pm the day before.
-Materials placed in plastic bags will not be picked-up.
-Biodegradable paper bags are available for sale from the Public Works Administration Office on Commerce Court at $ 0.30 per bag.
-Brush, bushes, roots, tree limbs or trunks greater than 2” in diameter or not able to be tied in bundles or placed in biodegradable bags will not be picked-up.
-In addition to the weekly collection, residents may bring their Vegetative Waste to the end of Commerce Court on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and on Sundays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.
-Gardeners servicing Verona are required to secure a permit from Public Works before dumping yard waste at the Commerce Court site.
-Please remember that blowing or raking leaves or other vegetative materials into the streets is prohibited by Township Ordinance.
Redecorating? Dump Paint the Right Way. These days, most of us paint our rooms with water-based latex paint. There’s no recycling program for leftover latex paint, but there is an environmentally sound way to dispose of it. Here’s how. Latex paint is not a hazardous waste and can be stored and reused for touch-ups. It can also be disposed of at the curb with the rest of your household trash if you follow the simple methods listed.
Oil-Based Paint is a flammable material. It must be disposed of at the Essex County Spring or Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day For more information, visit www.ecuanj.com/newsevents.html
Do not bring to the Verona Recycling Center and do not put at the curb for Recycling Collection: plastic bags, Styrofoam, light bulbs, disposable dishes, used pizza boxes, milk and juice cartons, coolers, rubber hoses, flower pots and plastic toys.
Essex County will no longer accept smoke alarms/detectors at their Hazardous Waste Collection Day. When smoke alarms/detectors cease to function, return them to their respective manufacturer for proper disposal. Please consult the reference manual or case of your unit for manufacturer contact information. Should you not be able to determine the manufacturer, FIREX will accept and properly dispose of all manufacturers’ smoke alarms/detectors at no charge. Mailing address:
Kidde/FIREX Safety Division
1016 Corporate Park Drive
Mebane, NC 27302
Attn.: Alarm Disposal
Here are some easy tips:
Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs is a very bright idea. You will save about $50 per year by replacing just six of the 60-Watt bulbs in your house by CFL bulbs. CFL bulbs use about one-fourth the energy of a traditional incandescent bulb and produce 90 percent less heat. They also last up to 10 times longer than old-fashioned light bulbs.
Because CFLs contain mercury they should be disposed of properly
New Jersey’s goal is to achieve a 50% recycling rate and Verona can do it! Thank you for your efforts.