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Household Hazardous Waste Events

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Periodic disposal events are conducted during a few weekends in the spring and fall at sites in Morris County. These disposal days are open to Morris County residents only. Commercial generators must use the permanent HHW facility or a universal waste recycling program.

Click here for a copy of the 2018 household hazardous waste event day flyers which include directions to the different locations.

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9am-2pm
    Public Safety (Firefighters and Police) Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    Note: GPS units have trouble locating this site so please use the maps below.
     
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9am-2pm
    Public Safety (Firefighters and Police) Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    Note: GPS units have trouble locating this site so please use the maps below.
     
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018, 9am-2pm
    Public Safety (Firefighters and Police) Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054
    Note: GPS units have trouble locating this site so please use the maps below.
     
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9am-2pm
    Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave., Chatham, NJ 07928

As of 2108 E-waste is no longer accepted
Beginning in 2018, the one-day hazardous disposal days will no longer accept any E-waste. Please call 973-829-8006 for information and to discuss recycling options.

Acceptable Materials at MCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Programs

  • There are no maximum amounts of household hazardous waste that Morris County residents may bring per visit, except no more than 55 gallons of used motor oil and no more than 100 lbs of asbestos per person. Note: no one may drop off 100 lbs of asbestos multiple times as a means to dispose of more than 100 lbs of asbestos as part of the MCMUA's hazardous waste program.
  • Materials will not be accepted in containers larger than five gallons in size.
  • All materials must be in clearly marked containers with the contents identified. Please note that starting in 2018, E-waste is no longer acceptable at one-day hazrdous waste disposal events. Call 973-829-8006 for information about recycling E-waste.
     

Common examples of acceptable materials include the following:

  • oil-based paints and varnishes, stains, lacquers (liquid or solidified)
  • solvents and paint thinners
  • propane cylinders (BBQ-sized propane cylinders cost $5/cyl. at permanent HHW facility and there is no charge for camping stove-sized propane cylinders)
  • pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers
  • pool chemicals and chlorine
  • batteries, if they are rechargeable and/or hazardous dry-cell batteries (button-cell and lithium). Alkaline batteries are not hazardous and are not accepted (put them into the garbage).
  • batteries for car and boat (lead-acid)
  • automotive fluids such as oil, antifreeze and brake, transmission and steering fluids, etc.
  • gasoline (must be transported in a certified gas can)
  • automotive cleaning products
  • thermometers and thermostats containing mercury
  • fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs that contain mercury
  • asbestos in small quantities, must be under 100 lbs., wet down, double-bagged, sealed with duct tape, and sized to fit into 55-gallon drums
  • kerosene
  • aerosol cans
  • driveway sealant and roofing tar if they contain coal tar or petroleum distillates
  • adhesives
  • caulks
  • cooking oil
  • photography chemicals
  • nail polish and nail polish remover (acetone)
  • muriatic acid
  • caustic cleaning materials
  • fire extinguishers
     

Unacceptable Materials at MCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Programs

The following materials are unacceptable at HHW programs:

  • Explosives or highly reactive materials since these may be dangerous! Always call first for safety instructions. DO NOT bring these materials without prior authorization! These dangerous items include, but are not limited to the following:
    • picric acid
    • isopropyl ether
    • calcium carbide
    • perchloric acid
    • benzoyl peroxide
  • Materials in containers larger than five gallons in size
  • As of 2018, E-waste and/or used consumer electronic waste is not accepted at one-day hazardous waste disposal events. Call 973-829-8006 to discuss recycling options.
  • Dried, hard, solid latex paint or empty paint cans; these are accepted for disposal at the transfer stations with other non-hazardous solid waste. Residents should remove the lids from these dried-out cans and dispose of both types into their household garbage.
  • Latex or water-based paints are not hazardous and are not accepted at MCMUA hazardous waste disposal programs. Latex paint may be safely disposed of in the garbage when it is dried out. Dry out latex paint cans by stirring absorbent material such as cat litter into the paint. The paint will harden within a few minutes. Leave the lid off the can, put the lid and the can into the regular garbage. A hazardous waste handling fee of $1.25 per pound is charged for latex paint. Latex paint will not be accepted whatsoever during one-day hazardous waste disposal events.
  • Tires
  • Smoke detectors
  • Medical waste, including pharmaceuticals, syringes and needles
  • Construction materials such as wood, treated lumber, asphalt, or concrete
  • Appliances such as microwave ovens, washers, dryers; freon-containing appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, humidifiers.
     

Maps to Drop-Off Sites

Public Safety (Firefighters and Police) Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054