The Township of Verona encourages all residents to
reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost as much of their household waste as
possible. Verona residents are to be applauded for their recycling efforts.
In 2008, some 2500 tons of recyclables were removed from the waste stream,
saving the taxpayers of Verona
over $193,000 in disposal costs! Almost 35% of the
waste collected in Verona
is now recycled. Verona
provides curbside collection of many recyclables. Others can be brought
to the township's recycling center located at 10 Commerce Court in Verona.
Click HERE for the 2012 calendar of garbage and recycling collection days. Or refer to the booklet for Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Procedures: North Side and South Side - Recycling questions, call 973-857-4804. For more
information about waste prevention, reuse, composting, and all other environmental
topics, 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
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
(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
What to Recycle at Home
Recycling is the law; mandatory for all Verona residents, businesses, and schools.
Place the materials bellow for curbside collection, refer to this calendar for scheduled days. Materials set out on the wrong collection date will NOT be picked up. Electronics and cardboard will not be picked up, bring them to the Recycling Center instead.
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 with newspaper. Verona currently only collects Type 1 and Type 2 plastics, which generally includes milk, soda, water and juice bottles and jugs. Look for the images at right on the bottom if you're not
sure. Containers are supposed to be rinsed out to eliminate the food and liquid contamination.
- 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.
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 Commerce Court
The Commerce Court Recycling Center is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm throughout the year for the following materials:
- 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). All other cardboard such as chip-board, cereal 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.
- Batteries and Motor Oil: used “AAA” through Type “D” and button
batteries should be collected and brought to the Recycling Center and placed
in the designated container for recycling. 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.
- Tires are disposed at the Public Works Yard on Ozone Avenue after
securing a Disposal Permit (passenger tire permit $5 each, truck tire permit
$10 each) from the Public works Administration Office on 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.
- 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.
Recycle all Rechargeable Batteries
County residents: For safety bag each battery or tape each of the
terminal ends as shown in the picture before recycling. Bring them to
Radio Shack (in Verona), Staples (in Cedar Grove) or the Essex County's
Household Hazardous Waste collection events. Triple A batteries through
D may now be disposed of in our daily trash. Button batteries and all
rechargeable must be disposed as listed under Hazardous Waste. Visit www.ecuanj.com
for details or click here
to read more.
Essex County will no longer accept smoke alarms/detectors at their Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Return them to their respective manufacturer for proper disposal.
Please consult the reference manual or case of your unit for
manufacturer contact information. Also FIREX
will accept and properly dispose other manufacturer’s smoke
alarms/detectors at no cost. Mailing address:FIREX ,c/o Disposal, 28C
Leigh Fisher Blvd , El Paso , TX 79906. Tel. 1-800-880-6788
What Verona Doesn't Recycle (Latex Paint, Ceramics, etc.)
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.
- Make sure the paint can is less than ½ full . If the can is more than ½ full pour the excess paint into another container, like a milk jug (remove the top of the milk jug at the shoulder level ) or coffee can. Proceed to step#2 for the milk jug and coffee can.
- Add sand , clay based kitty litter or speedy dry so that the can is ¾ full.
- Stir paint/kitty litter or speedy dry mixture.
- If liquid paint remains, add more sand, kitty litter or speedy dry.
- Allow paint/kitty litter or speedy dry mixture to dry until it is no longer pourable.
- Dispose of paint can, milk jug or coffee can in the garbage.
- Do not put the lid back on the paint can! Paint cans will not be picked up by your trash hauler if they can’t see that the paint is dry.
- 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 Disposal: 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
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.
What About All My Other Garbage?
Verona's solid waste disposal contractor will NOT pick up during regular trash pick-up days:
Recyclables, bulky waste, so-called white goods (refrigerators, stoves, etc.), metal, grass, leaves, yard waste, construction or remodeling materials, junk mail, magazines, newspaper, TVs, computers, commingled materials, corrugated cardboard. Follow the recycling rules above or these steps:
- For construction or remodeling materials
(concrete, cement, bricks, asphalt, slate, plywood, fencing, doors, roofing materials, etc.), residents should contact a
private disposal company.
- To properly dispose of paint cans containing latex paint
please READ HERE.
- White good/metal pickup includes: refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, AC, 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, rolled carpeting, and other large items providing that they weight less than 100 lbs.
Remember to secure the lids of your garbage bins,
otherwise you may find cute creatures like the pictured raccoon in Verona.
Grass, Leaves and Yard Waste...
- Vegetative waste materials packed in biodegradable bags or tied in bundles
weighing less than 50 lbs. are now picked-up curbside on Wednesdays from March 1
to December 31.
are limited to 4 bags or bundles per pickup.
- 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
- 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
- Gardeners servicing Verona are required to secure a permit from DPW
before dumping waste at the Commerce Court site.
- Blowing or raking leaves or
other vegetative materials into the streets is prohibited by Township
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Disposal
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
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.
- In the U.S., we
throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet every
- 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!
- 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 1 ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space.
of the world’s lead supply comes from recycled batteries.
recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollutants, 35% less water
pollutants and 75% less processing energy than producing paper from
- 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.