Many garbage and recycling services have been cancelled or postponed at one time or another. Make sure you confirm by looking at the web site of, or by calling: Montclair Township, Essex County Utilies Authority, Essex County Department of Public Works, or whoever is providing the service, to ensure that it is currently available. We will try to keep everything updated here as we receive news updates.
The garbage dumpster is emptied out every Monday and Thursday.
The Montclair Dept of Community Services yard is located at
219 N Fullerton Ave in Montclair.
Effective the week of March 15, 2021 - Wednesday and Friday drop-off has been eliminated, curbside recycling has resumed.
Effective Saturday, April 3, 2021 - DCS yard recycling drop-off is 9am-1pm
For more information see:
Twitter @MontclairNJGov announcement 03/11
Twitter @MontclairNJGov announcement 03/03
Twitter @MontclairNJGov announcement 02/24
Montclair Township: Township COVID-19 Information
Montclair Township: Garbage, Recycling, Bulky Waste
Montclair Township: Community Services Calendar
or call Montclair Community Services at 973-509-5711.
All recycling listed on the sign on it goes in the recycling dumpster. See the sign on the front for specific items. The recycling dumpster is emptied out every Monday and Thursday.
Try to break down boxes flat so we don't fill up the recycling dumpster so quickly. Put anything that was inside a cardboard box, other than other cardboard, in the garbage dumpster. A utility knife, aka. "box cutter" will make it much easier to break down boxes, but you may be able to do it by hand after you separate it at the seam.
The recycling folks generally prefer that you dump cans, bottles, etc. directly in to the dumpster - not inside of a plastic bag.
See also: Montclair Township: Recycling Information
We use a private dumpster company, but the Montclair site has lots of useful general recycling information.
As far as we know, to have paper recycled, drop it off at 219 North Fullerton Ave on Saturday from 9am-1pm. See the Montclair Township web site recycling page for specific types of mixed paper that are acceptable.
Anything that falls under the description of "plastic film" can be recycled, but not by Montclair recycling or our dumpster company. This includes air pillows, newspaper bags, grocery & retail bags (#2 or #4), case wrap (e.g. for a case of water bottles), bread bags, napkin, PT, TP, or diaper wrap packaging, supermarket produce bags, food storage bags (e.g. Ziploc bags).
Some of it will not be recyclable, but it will be properly disposed of...
The Township of Montclair and the Montclair Environment Commission
announced a pilot program to offer styrofoam recycling in June and
July 2021. It now continues to be every other Saturday at the DCS yard
at 219 N Fullerton Ave until the collection truck is full. E-mail
for more info about styrofoam recycling. The schedule showing which
week it occurs is located here:
Community Services Calendar
Montclair Bulk Waste Collection is every month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday
The next one is December 21, 2022
...unless it falls on a holiday
After COVID-19 shutdown, bulk collection resumed as of May 6, 2020
If you can not wait until the next bulk collection day, contact us and we can give you the contact info for a waste removal company. It will not be free, but you will not have to wait until the next bulk collection day. You can also donate it, sell it, or recycle it.
The day may change if it falls on a holiday or during a snow storm. If that happens, we will list it on the Calendar page.
|Actual pickup day||When to put it out|
|The third Wednesday of December 2022 is December 21st||After 6pm on Tuesday the 20th + before 6am on Wednesday the 21st|
|The first Wednesday of January 2023 is January 4th||After 6pm on Tuesday the 3rd + before 6am on Wednesday the 4th|
|The third Wednesday of January 2023 is January 18th||After 6pm on Tuesday the 17th + before 6am on Wednesday the 18th|
|The first Wednesday of February 2023 is February 1st||After 6pm on Tuesday the 31st + before 6am on Wednesday the 1st|
|The third Wednesday of February 2023 is February 15th||After 6pm on Tuesday the 14th + before 6am on Wednesday the 15th|
|The first Wednesday of March 2023 is March 1st||After 6pm on Tuesday the 28th + before 6am on Wednesday the 1st|
This info is based on what we have experienced as tenants and Resident Managers. If you want the official latest answer on anything, contact Montclair Community Services (973-509-5711) and they will find out for you. Make sure you specify that you live in an apartment complex, not a house.
See the Montclair Township A to Z Disposal Guide
|Garbage bags||Make sure you tie them closed, then place in the garbage dumpster. See Garbage above.|
|Loose garbage||Garbage in your apartment|
|Egg cartons - the styrofoam kind||Garbage in your apartment|
|Egg cartons - the paper-based kind||Garbage?|
|Non-plastic milk & OJ containers||Garbage in your apartment|
|Bottles, cans, plastic containers||Rinse out then dump in to the recycling dumpster. If you bring it out in a bag, dump out the bag, throw the bag away (or re-use it again). See Recycling above|
At home, remove (put in your garbage) everything from
it that is not cardboard
Place in recycling dumpster, preferably broken down flat
See Recycling above
|Magazines/newspaper||Garbage in your apartment, or Montclair recycling. The dumpster company does not take paper. See Recycling above.|
Air pillows, food storage bags, retail bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, case wrap, napkin, PT, TP, or diaper wrap, bread bags, dry cleaning bags
|Drop off at ShopRite, Target, Kohl's, Whole Foods Market|
|A small lamp||Garbage dumpster|
|A large lamp||Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above|
|Rugs||If small, roll it up, tape with duct or electrical tape, and put in garbage dumpster. If large, put out for Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above|
Mattress, box spring
See Montclair's list
|Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above|
|Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above|
Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
or better yet, get whoever delivers your new mattress to take it
|Christmas tree (real)||Place bare tree at curb, not blocked by parked vehicles if possible. They will be collected each week through January. Stands, plastic bag covers, and all decorations must be removed. Call Montclair Township for pickup date, all we know is that they will be picked up "each week". Contact us 24+ hours in advance if you would like a heavy duty garbage bag to place over the ends to contain needles as you bring it out (remove the bags when at the curb).|
Computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, telephone equipment, speakers, TVs, VCRs, DVD/Blu-ray, stereos, toasters, irons, old cell phones, ...
|Donate, trade/sell it, or bring to Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day in May and October
* As of January 2011, it is no longer legal to put these items in the garbage in NJ
|Bring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in May and October|
|Pesticide, herbicide, paint thinner/solvent, oil based paint (not latex), spray paint, some batteries, some automotive fluids, paint thinners & solvents, ...||Bring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day|
In May and October
|Paint - latex||Take the lid off, let it dry out completely (for days), then put the paint can in the garbage dumpster. If you can't wait for it to dry, look for paint hardener at Home Depot, a hardware store, or Amazon.|
|Paint - oil||Bring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in May and October|
Call Montclair Township DCS 973-509-5711 for details or see
the web site.
Pay fee, drop off at community services yard.
Essex County Used Tire Recycling Day
Previous one PDF flyer here
|Appliances with refrigerant (A/C, refrigerator, etc.)||
Call Montclair Township for details 973-509-5711 or see
the web site's Appliances page
Pay for recycling stickers, place at curb before scheduled date
|Broken glass||Carefully place broken glass in a box or thick paper bag, tape or staple it closed, write BROKEN GLASS all over it, place in the garbage dumpster|
|CFL light bulbs||See "What should I do with CFL (curly) bulbs" on our FAQ page|
|Clothing||Donate it or put in a tied garbage bag, then put that bag in the garbage dumpster|
|Wire coat hangers||
Bring back to your drycleaner
or drop off at Montclair Dept of Community Services yard during drop-off days/times.
See Recycling above
|Anything else||Ask the Resident Managers|
If you find any of the above information to be outdated or incorrect, let us know.