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Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Household hazardous waste (HHW) recycling and disposal is easy and convenient in Morris County. With only three permanent HHW facilities in all of NJ; thus Morris County is fortunate to have one operated by the MCMUA that is located at its Mt. Olive transfer station.

The facility is available by appointment only and is open on selected Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. One must not show up to the HHW facility without first calling (973-829-8006) and making an appointment. The MCMUA schedules appointments in 5-minute increments from 9:00am-11:30am during Tuesday and Friday hours and from 8:00am-10:30am during Saturday hours. Appointments are made every 5 minutes in an effort to make sure participants will get into and out of the facility without waiting too long. Anyone who happens to arrive at the site prior to the scheduled appointment for that day can enter the drop-off location to see if the load can be emptied right away. There is a very good chance the MCMUA will be able to handle such waste when the customer arrives.

Using the permanent HHW facility for Morris County residents is free of charge for most items. Residents living outside Morris County may use the facility for a $1.25 per pound fee.

Eligible conditionally exempt small quantity commercial generators ("CESQGs") from inside or outside Morris County, may use the facility for a $1.25 per pound fee. One must call first and make an appointment and discuss the materials being delivered. Payments must be made by check at the time the waste is being delivered and the checks must be made payable to the MCMUA. Business waste materials including e-waste acceptable at the MCMUA permanent household hazardous waste facility as long as the business meets the Environmental Protection Agency requirements for being a CESQG of hazardous waste. To meet these requirements, the business cannot generate more than 220 lbs. of non-acutely hazardous waste or 2.2 lbs. of acutely hazardous waste in one month, or accumulate no more than 2,200 lbs. of non-acutely hazardous waste on site at any time.

For more information call 973-829-8006.

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.
     

Common examples of acceptable materials include the following:

  • E-waste (electronics) televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, scanners, and audio equipment
  • 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
  • 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.