Solid Waste and Recycling

2014 Collection Guidelines for Residents

The Township of Verona encourages all residents to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost as much of their household waste as possible.  Verona 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

Garbage Collection Guidelines

  • Place your normal household garbage at the curb not earlier than 7 pm the night before the collection day and not later than 6 am on the collection day according with the schedule. 
  • Place items in refuse containers or sealed rodent resistant disposable bags under 50 lbs. 
  • Normal household waste includes garbage and refuse of any kind incidental to the normal operation of the household and/or business but does not include recyclable materials listed below. 
  • Remember to secure the lids of your garbage bins, otherwise you may find cute creatures like the pictured raccoon in Verona.

Recycling Guidelines

  • Place all material to be collected at the curb no earlier than 7 pm on the night before the scheduled pick-up date or by 6 am on the day of collection.
  • Use a suitable refuse container clearly marked, plastic or metal between 20 to 40 gallons when full and weighing less than 50 lbs. Recycling containers are sold at $5 each at 10 Commerce Ct. from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Instead of placing these materials in your normal garbage do the following

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.

Bulky Waste: include mattresses, furniture, chain link fencing, lighting fixtures, rolled carpeting, and other large items providing that weight less than 100 lbs. Put them at the curb on Bulk Collection days.

Cardboard Boxes: Bring to Recycling Center, place in Corrugated Cardboard dumpster. Remember to f
latten 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 can be brought to the Recycling Center and placed in the Mixed Paper dumpster.


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!

Useful Addresses

  • Verona provides curbside collection of many recyclables. 
  • Others can be brought to the township's Recycling Center located at 10 Commerce Court. 
  • Some items can be brought to the Public Works Yard, located at 5 Ozone Avenue.
  • The Public Works Administration Office is in 10 Commerce Court.
  • The Vegetative Waste Site is at the end of Commerce Court. 
For more information please visit http://veronanj.org or call (973) 857-4804 / 05 for questions regarding Garbage / Refuse and Recycling Procedures or Missed Pick-Ups. 

For more information please contact the VEC.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Never place Household Hazardous Waste in the garbage or recycle bin and don't pour it down the drain

Oil-based paints, pesticides, rechargeable batteries and even thermometers are some of the many household products containing hazardous components. All N.J. residents are prohibited by law from improper disposal of “household hazardous waste” (HHW), even when it is a small amount or project leftover
. Verona residents can conveniently bring their HHW products to the Essex County collection program in Cedar Grove. Learn how to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste.

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

How to Recycle at Home

  • Place all material to be collected at the curb no earlier than 7 pm on the night before the scheduled pick-up date or by 6 am on the day of collection.
  • Use a suitable refuse container clearly marked, plastic or metal between 20 to 40 gallons when full and weighing less than 50 lbs. Recycling containers are sold at $5 each at 10 Commerce Ct. from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

What to Recycle at Home

Recycling is the law; mandatory for all Verona residents, businesses, and schools.

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.
  • Newspapers: Newspapers must be separated from all other paper, magazines and cardboard. They must be bound with string or placed at the curb in a reusable container for collection (do not place them in brown or plastic bags)
  • Plastics, Glass, Tin and Aluminum Cans: Called "commingled materials", these are collected on alternating weeks. Verona currently collects 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. Look for the images at right on the bottom if you're not sure about plastics Type #1 and #2. Containers are supposed to be rinsed out to eliminate the food and liquid contamination. Do not include plate glass, ceramics, light bulbs, Styrofoam, plastic bags, beverage cartons, paint cans, pesticide, motor oil or antifreeze containers.
  • Magazines and Junk Mail: This includes catalogs, color inserts, envelopes, coupons, school papers, books (no hard covers), non-metallic wrapping paper and mixed office paper. Do not include: Cardboard boxes, chip board, drink boxes, brown or plastic bags, or telephone books.
  • Grass, leaves. According to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection rules, vegetative waste materials may no longer be placed with other solid waste for disposal. They must be recycled as mandated by NJDEP.
  • White Goods/Metal includes: refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, air conditioners, dishwashers, trash compactors, file cabinets, bicycles, metal lawn furniture, lawn mowers, metal window frames, and other non-automotive metal items.
  • Bulk Items include: mattresses, furniture, chain link fencing, lighting fixtures, rolled carpeting, and other large items providing that weight less than 100 lbs. Remodeling  and construction materials will not be picked-up.

  • Verona doesn't have curbside collection of cardboard so please DO NOT place your used boxes at the curb, bring them to the Verona Recycling Center instead. 

What to Recycle at Commerce Court


The Commerce Court Recycling Center is open every day throughout the year for the following materials:

Verona's Recycling Center

  • Commingled Materials: Glass Bottles, Tin and Aluminum Cans, Plastic Bottles and Containers (Type #1, #2 and #5 except Gasoline and Chemical containers). Containers should be rinsed out to eliminate food and liquid contamination.
  • Corrugated Cardboard, must be clean and flattened. Remove plastic wraps and packaging materials from boxes (like plastic bags or Styrofoam). Pizza boxes with oil stains are not accepted. All other cardboard such as chip-board (cereal boxes, cake mix boxes, soda boxes) and paper towel roll cores go in the mixed paper bin. Juice boxes and milk cartons go in your regular garbage. Placing non-corrugated cardboard in the corrugated cardboard container contaminates and lowers the value of our recyclable materials.
  • E-Waste: Since 2009 electronic equipment such as TVs, computer monitors, digital audio players, laser and inkjet printers, hard drives and keyboards can no longer be placed at the curb for pick up in Verona. Bring it to the Recycling Center to make sure that toxins stay out of the waste stream. E-waste contains mercury, cadmium, lead and other hazardous components. The Electronic Waste Management Act effective January 1, 2011 requires e-waste to be recycled in the state of New Jersey.
  • White Goods/Metal items such as bicycles, air conditioners and file cabinets.
  • Motor Oil: Motor oil can be recycled by emptying the oil in the Used Oil Container, and antifreeze in a separate container, both located in the Public Works Garage, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
  • Mixed paper: Newspaper, white office & computer paper, telephone books, brown paper grocery bags, shredded paper and all Chipboard (Cereal Boxes, Paper towel roll cores, etc). Juice boxes and milk cartons go in your regular garbage.
  • Propane Tanks: empty and dispose at the center after receiving a permit ($5 per tank) from Public Works Office at 10 Commerce Court, Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 pm.
  • There is also a clothing and shoe collection container for donations.

  • Materials NOT accepted: all plastic bags, Styrofoam, wax paper, trash, food trays, party platters (even if stamped with #1, #2 or #5), paper plates, cups, towels or napkins, pizza boxes with food scraps, milk and juice cartons, coolers, rubber hoses, flower pots, plastic toys, and paint containers.

What to Recycle at the Public Works Yard

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

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.

Motor Oil

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

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.

Grass, Leaves and Yard Waste

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.

What Verona Doesn't Recycle

Latex Paint

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.
  • Pour paint into a cardboard tray (e.g. soda) lined with newspaper in a way that the paint is retained in the tray.
  • Leave tops off paint cans and place the cans and tray on a flat surface in the sun to allow the paint to dry.
  • Wrap newspaper containing dried paint in a plastic bag for disposal. Do the same for paint cans. Place these materials at the curb with the trash.

Oil-Based Paint 

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

Materials NOT accepted

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.

Smoke Alarm / Detectors


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

Don't Bag Me!

Plastic bags are everywhere, plentiful, cheap and even offered for free in many stores. They multiply like crazy; they're nearly impossible to contain. Once discarded, the bags release pollutants when burned at the incinerators, clog landfills, sewers and pollute our waters. Loose bags litter our streets and landscapes, stunt plant growth and harm animals.

Here are some easy tips:
  • Throw a few canvas or string bags into your car and purse. When shopping, use your reusable bags. Many supermarkets such as King's, Foodtown, Stop & Shop, Shop Rite and Whole Foods give you money back for using your reusable shopping bags.
  • Request that purchases not be double-bagged and encourage the salesclerk to place extra items into each bag. Politely stop the “plastic bags pushers”!
  • If you purchase only a few items, forgo the bag and carry them by hand. And don’t bag items that already have handles such as milk and cat litter.
  • If you already have plastic bags, there are many ways to reuse them. Take them back to the supermarket to bring home your next batch of groceries. Or line small bedroom and bathroom trashcans.
  • Don’t trash your plastic bags; recycle them at local supermarkets such as Foodtown, Shop Rite, A&P and Whole Foods.
  • The Verona Recycling Center doesn’t accept plastic bags so please do not bring them to our recycling depot.

Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs

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.

B
ecause CFLs contain mercury they should be disposed of properly
Home Depot also handles CFL bulb disposal. Individuals can return burned out, unbroken CFLs during store hours. The bulbs should be taken to the store's return desk.

Waste Facts

  • In the U.S., we throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet every three months.
  • Every hour Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles.
  • Plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill.
  • We throw away 50 million computers and 130 million cell phones annually.
  • Almost 1/3 of the waste generated in the U.S. is packaging.
  • One third of what we buy ends up in the garbage.
  • An average person creates 4.39 pounds of trash per day and up to 56 tons of trash per year!

          

Recycling Works!

  • 1,500 aluminum cans are recycled in the US... every second!
  • Americans are doing great at recycling corrugated boxes, more than 90% of products are shipped in cardboard boxes, and about 70% of those boxes are recovered for recycling.
  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • 60% of the world’s lead supply comes from recycled batteries.
  • Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollutants, 35% less water pollutants and 75% less processing energy than producing paper from virgin fibers. 
  • Recycling significantly reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
New Jersey’s goal is to achieve a 50% recycling rate and Verona can do it! Thank you for your efforts.

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