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Vegetative Waste Recycling

Compost site - Parsippany

The MCMUA owns and operates two compost facilities, one located in Mount Olive and one in Parsippany for the recycling of leaves, grass and brush. These facilities accept natural vegetative waste from contracting municipalities, contractors and landscapers. Residents are not permitted to drop off vegetative waste at the MCMUA compost sites.

The MCMUA sells and delivers truckload quantities of compost and mulch to Morris County residents from spring to early fall. Free compost and mulch is also provided free to residents just outside the gates to pick up. Contractors and landscapers are not permitted to take the free mulch or compost but may purchase these materials in bulk from the MCMUA.

Hours and Locations

Parsippany Facility
Located behind the Morris County
Public Safety Training Academy
500 West Hanover Avenue
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Normal Hours: M-F, 7am-noon and 1-3pm

Mount Olive Facility
Located off Old Waterloo Village Road near the Foreign Trade Zone, Mount Olive
Normal Hours:M-F, 7am-noon and 1-3pm

On-site personnel are not available during the lunch hour and commercial contractors are not permitted to enter facilities between noon and 1:00 p.m.

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  • Compost Facility Rules - image of Compost Rules Thumbnail to click Click here for a PDF copy of the MCMUA's rules and regulations regarding use of the vegetative waste facilities. Prior to using any of the the vegetative waste facilities, please print these rules, sign and send the MCMUA a copy of the signed document indicating that the rules have been read and understood. Additionally, please maintain a copy of these rules in all vehicles accessing the MCMUA's vegetative waste sites. Compliance with these rules is mandated and appreciated.
  • Dump/material tickets are available at each individual compost facility, and all commercial entities (landscapers, contractors, etc.) must pay full by check (no cash or credit cards accepted) at the the time of dumping or purchasing materials. Additionally, a weekly blank check may be left with the MCMUA to pay for one week's worth of dumping using the weekly blank check.
  • Composting Process - To compost the materials delivered to the vegetative recycling sites, the leaves are ground and placed with grass into windrows in the fall as they are received. During the winter and the spring, the windrows are turned frequently by a windrow-turning machine to provide oxygen to hasten decomposition. The leaves/grass quickly turn into a black compost that makes an ideal soil additive. The compost is sold to residents, landscapers and commercial companies, who mix it with soil to produce topsoil. Residents may also pick up small quantities of compost at the two facilities.

    The brush, which includes tree limbs, is double ground to produce a fine mulch. The mulch is sold to residents, landscapers and garden centers for use as ground cover around shrubs, trees, etc. Residents may also pick up small quantities of mulch at the two facilities.


Compost, Mulch and Vegetative Waste for the Resident

Residential delivery (seasonal) of mulch and compost - (2014 Pricing)

image of Flyer for Compost Delivery Double-Ground Wood Mulch (for landscaping around trees and shrubs)
  • $180.00 for ten cubic yards delivered
  • $120.00 for five cubic yards delivered
     
Screened Compost (decomposed leaves and grass; soil amendment for lawns, vegetable gardens and flower beds)
  • $190.00 for ten cubic yards delivered
  • $125.00 for five cubic yards delivered
     

Q. Who may order a delivery?

A. Deliveries of mulch and compost by truck are available only to homes located in Morris County that have paved area on which to dump the material.

Q. Can you guarantee a specific delivery time?

A. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any specific delivery time. Our drivers arrange their own delivery schedules, and many variables affect the day's deliveries, including traffic, weather, and the locations of that day's deliveries. We may indicate that someone prefers an a.m. or p.m. delivery, but we cannot guarantee morning or afternoon delivery.

Q. How can I order wood mulch or screened compost?

A. Call 973-285-8383 or 973-285-8389, and your order will be taken. A confirmation number will also be provided. Orders are typically taken from mid-March through mid-September for delivery from mid-April through mid-September. For 2014, the MCMUA will begin taking orders on March 17 for deliveries starting April 14, 2014 and continuing through September 26, 2014. Deliveries are for Morris County residents only and occur from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Deliveries are not scheduled on major holidays.

Q. How will I Pay?

A. You will pay by leaving a check for the full amount at a location at your home that is accessible to the driver. You will designate the location when you place your order. If a check for the full amount is not left on the day of delivery, the mulch or compost will not be left at your home.

Q. Will I be notified/reminded the day before my delivery?

A. Yes, we will call to remind you just prior to your delivery date; however, please mark your calendar and note the delivery date in several places so you do not forget to 1) put out a tarp or sign to indicate the dumping area and 2) leave your check for payment at the location designated at the time the delivery appointment was scheduled. The reasons compost or mulch are not left on scheduled day are because the driver cannot determine where to dump the load, the driver does not have proper access to a driveway or dumping location, and/or there was no check left for payment.

Q. How do I cancel my order?

A. Please call 48 hours in advance to cancel your order. This allows us time to reschedule the delivery and not cause unnecessary delays. We keep track of all cancellations, so please call in advance if you no longer need an order. If you do not cancel an order and a driver shows at your residence, you will be billed for the material.

Q. Can I leave a message regarding my order after hours?

A. No. If you need to change or cancel an order, you must call the MCMUA and speak directly with a representative. We cannot accept responsibility for any messages left on the MCMUA's voice mail system. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,

Q. What is screened compost?

A. Screened compost consists of leaves that break down (decompose) over a period of months. Grass clippings may be added to some compost to enhance decomposition. After autumn leaves deposited at our recycling facilities, they are turned weekly and and are broken down by May/June into a black, crumbly soil amendment known as compost. The material is then screened in a large screener, and bulky materials including large sticks, twigs, etc., are removed and a finer, finished compost is produced.

Q. What are the benefits of compost?

A. Compost helps plants grow better, improves soil structure, helps the soil retain water, helps release plant nutrients and adds vital organic matter to the soil.

Q. What is double-ground wood mulch?

A. Double-ground wood mulch consists of tree parts, branches, brush and wood chips. The brush is ground up and then the wood chips are added and it is ground again resulting in a finely ground mulch.

Q. What are the benefits of wood mulch?

A. Wood mulch is used around trees, shrubs, landscape plants and flower beds to help reduce weeds, conserve moisture and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. Wood mulch breaks down slowly and adds organic matter to the soil. Generally, a mulch layer of two to four inches will reduce weeds, conserve moisture, and increase the attractiveness around shrubs and trees. When mulching around trees, remember to keep mulch approximately six inches from the tree trunk.

Q. Approximately how many square feet will ground-wood mulch cover at different depths?

Cubic Yard Coverage Table - General Guide
  • 1 c.y. = 324 square feet at 1" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 162 square feet at 2" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 108 square feet at 3" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 81 square feet at 4" depth
  • 1 c.y. = 64 square feet at 5" depth
     

Q. Where are the vegetative waste facilities for residential pickup of mulch and compost?

A. Our Parsippany facility is behind the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany 07054. Click here for directions. Our Mount Olive facility is off Waterloo Valley Road in the International Trade Zone in Mount Olive. Click here for directions. The compost and mulch provided outside the gates for pickup at each site is for residents only and is available at no charge. All deliveries of compost have a delivery charge associated with the residential delivery option. Contractors and/or landscapers are not permitted to take the free mulch or compost but may purchase these materials in bulk from the MCMUA.

Q. Are Morris County residents permitted to dump at these facilities?

A. MCMUA vegetative waste recycling facilities are not open to the general public for disposal of leaves, grass, brush, or wood chips. They are open only to pre-approved contractors and municipalities. Please DO NOT enter these facilities. Heavy equipment operates daily and objects that enter a grinder, screener or compost windrow turner can be ejected with tremendous force over long distances. If you have a question, comment, or concern, call 973-631-5109. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THESE FACILITIES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER.


Compost/Mulch Sales & Vegetative Waste Recycling for Business

Bulk compost and mulch sales and leaf, grass and brush recycling (2013 Pricing)

  • Call 973-631-5109 for updates on drop-off conditions or product availability.
  • All contractors must be pre-registered with MCMUA before being allowed to dump or pick-up material.
  • All transactions require a valid disposal or pickup ticket.
     
Vegetative Waste Recycling (2014 Pricing for Drop-Off)
  • $12.00/c.y. - Leaf Composting Drop-off
  • $13.00/c.y. - Leaf (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
  • $16.00/c.y. - Grass Composting Drop-off
  • $17.00/c.y. - Grass (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
  • $12.00/c.y. - Brush Recycling Drop-off
  • $13.00/c.y. - Brush (Compacted) Recycling Drop-off
  • $12.00/c.y. - Christmas Trees Recycling Drop-off
  • $0.00/c.y. - Wood Chip Recycling Drop-off
     
Material Sales/Pickup (Bulk Pickup)
  • $14.00/c.y. - Wood Mulch
  • $8.00/c.y. - Unscreened Compost
  • $15.00/c.y. - Screened Compost
     

Q. What are the insurance requirements to use the MCMUA compost facilities?

A. The MCMUA compost facilities have the same vehicle and worker's compensation insurance requirements as those for the MCMUA transfer stations. Click here to view these insurance requirements. Vehicles may not enter the MCMUA compost facilities without first providing proof of insurance coverage in the form of valid certificates of insurance.

Q. Is the compost tested?

A. Composite samples are taken from representative windrows at our two facilities in the spring and are tested for specific parameters specified by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The test results are submitted to the state DEP. Upon request, this information is made available to the public.

Q. Where are the facilities located for dropping off and purchasing bulk material?

A. Our Parsippany facility is behind the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany 07054. Click here for directions. Our Mount Olive facility is off Waterloo Valley Road in the International Trade Zone in Mount Olive. Click here for directions.


Leaf, Grass and Brush Recycling for Municipalities

  • Insurance: Click here to view the insurance requirements in order to enter the MCMUA compost facilities.
  • Expanded Leaf Season Hours: The MCMUA typically provides expanded leaf season hours in the fall to help municipalities manage the surge of leaves during that season..
  • Ticket books used for municipalities dropping off vegetative waste are avaialable at either facility during operating hours. Note: all transactions require a valid drop off ticket.
  • General 2014 Holiday Schedule For MCMUA
  • Vehicle Registration - All municipalities must be pre-registered with MCMUA before being allowed to drop off vegetative waste. If you will be using any vehicles that are new or different, please fax or e-mail a listing of the type of vehicle(s), license plate number(s), and their cubic yard capacities to the MCMUA at 973-285-8397 or tburbridge@mcmua.com.
     
  • Vegetative Waste Recycling for Morris County Municipalities (2014 Pricing)
    • $6.00/c.y. - Leaf Composting Drop-off
    • $7.00/c.y. - Leaf (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
    • $9.00/c.y. - Grass Composting Drop-off
    • $10.00/c.y. - Grass (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
    • $6.00/c.y. - Brush Recycling Drop-off
    • $7.00/c.y. - Brush (Compacted) Recycling Drop-off
    • $3.00/c.y. - Lake Weed Recycling Drop-off
    • $0.00/c.y. - Wood Chip Recycling Drop-off (No charge)
       
    Vegetative Waste Recycling for Non-Morris County Municipalities (2014 Pricing)
    • $7.00/c.y. - Leaf Composting Drop-off
    • $8.00/c.y. - Leaf (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
    • $10.00/c.y. - Grass Composting Drop-off
    • $11.00/c.y. - Grass (Compacted) Composting Drop-off
    • $7.00/c.y. - Brush Recycling Drop-off
    • $8.00/c.y. - Brush (Compacted) Recycling Drop-off
    • $6.00/c.y. - Lake Weed Recycling Drop-off
    • $0.00/c.y. - Wood Chips