Garbage & Recycling
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HOPATCONG BOROUGH RECYCLING CENTER
The Recycling Center is located on the Veterans Way portion of Flora Avenue and is open on Wednesdays from 8AM— 12PM and on Saturdays
between 8AM—4PM. Proof of residency is required to enter the Center. Residents may drop off mixed recyclables, magazines, mixed paper, card
board, newspapers, and metal items to the Center on days when they are not scheduled for their section pickup.
All electronics including computers, monitors, scanners, printers, televisions, stereo equipment, microwaves, etc. can be brought to the
Recycling Center or you can purchase an electronics sticker and place your item curbside BEFORE calling DPW for pickup (973-770-1200 x401).
CONTRACTORS ARE NOT PERMITTED to dispose of construction debris at the Center. All construction debris must be brought to the Sussex County
Municipal Utilities Authority (973-579-6998) located at 34 South Route 94, Lafayette, NJ. SCMUA is open to all residents to drop off solid waste
and/or bulk items Monday—Saturday 7AM-2PM for a fee. You can visit their website for more information at www.scmua.org.
BULK WASTE/BULK METAL DISPOSAL
One (1) large item can be placed at the curb for disposal each week on your regularly scheduled garbage pickup day with the purchase of a BULK
sticker. You can also purchase a sticker for BULK METAL items that are too big to bring to the Recycling Center and place your item curbside
BEFORE calling DPW for pickup. 973-770-1200 x 401
TIRES ACCEPTED FOR A FEE
The Borough accepts tires at the Hopatcong Recycling Center during normal operating hours for a fee:
Automobile tire without rim: $ 3.00 Automobile tire with the rim: $ 6.00
Truck tire without rim: $ 15.00 Truck tire with rim: $ 18.00
Fees MUST be paid in advance at the TAX COLLECTOR’S office at Hopatcong Borough Hall during normal business hours and the receipt must be
turned in at the Recycling Center when the tire(s) are dropped off. The fee represents the cost to the Borough of Hopatcong to recycle tires. Fees
CANNOT be accepted at the Recycling Center.
BULK COLLECTION FOR PICKUP
Bulk items are collected only at curbside and require a $10.00 sticker which can be purchased at Borough Hall with proof of residency. Seniors 62
Years or older with proof of identification will receive 2 free stickers per calendar year per household.
REFRIGERANT DISPOSAL REQUIREMENTS
Hopatcong Borough CANNOT pick up any item containing refrigerant without prior removal of such contaminants. Each resident is responsible to
contact a private contractor and have the refrigerant removed properly. The Borough urges residents when purchasing new appliances containing
refrigerants to check with the store to see if disposal arrangements can be made.
WHITE GOODS (with Freon) $10.00 Stickers FREON REMOVAL REQUIRED BEFORE COLLECTION
Window Air-Conditioner Refrigerator
Central Air-Conditioner Freezer
WHITE GOODS (Metal) $10.00 Stickers (no refunds or exchanges) Stickers never expire.
Bath Tub Furnace Stove
Bicycle Gas Grill (without tank) Swing Set (metal)*
Dishwasher Lawn Mower* Washer
Dryer Shed (metal)* Water Tank/Heater
BULK WASTE $10.00 Stickers (no refunds or exchanges) Stickers never expire.
Box Spring (full or larger) Mattress & Box Spring (twin) Love Seat
Mattress (full or larger) Picnic/Outdoor Chairs (2) Desk
Carpet (9x12)* Recliner/Chair Table
Chairs (4) Sink/Vanity Sofa
*Carpet—must be tied in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length. A limit of 3 bundles will be collected per collection day.
*Lawn Mower—gas and oil MUST be removed.
*Shed—disassembled and tied in bundles of less than 4 feet.
*Swing Set—pipe must be less than 4 feet and cement must be removed.
For more information, please contact the Hopatcong DPW at 973-770-1200 x 401.
GARBAGE PICK UP
All household garbage and refuse must be kept in a proper can with a secured lid. If you exceed the 3 can limit you can purchase a $10.00
bulk sticker which will enable you to put out 3 EXTRA bags of garbage for pickup. IMPORTANT: Garbage cannot be stored outside in paper
bags, cardboard containers or baskets. Cans and containers cannot exceed 40 lbs. or exceed 35 gallons. Additional garbage (NOT BULK)
collection will be permitted by the contractor from December 26, 2022 to January 3, 2023 to accommodate residents with additional
garbage during the holiday season. Please call Suburban Disposal at 973-227-7020 for any questions or concerns.
SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING
Remember, ALL of the following items can now be placed for pickup in one container or clear plastic bag.
Paper Cardboard Plastic Glass Cans
Please refer to the “Streets and Roads” section of the calendar for your designated pickup section which will be posted on each month of
LEAF COLLECTION REGULATIONS
The Borough of Hopatcong shall provide curbside collection of leaves during the months of APRIL and MAY and from OCTOBER 17th through
DECEMBER 9th. Only LEAVES shall be accepted. Branches, twigs, grass clippings, rocks or other vegetative matter shall not be
accepted. Leaves are required to be placed in biodegradable brown paper bags only. Leaves in proper bags as detailed above may be brought
directly to the Hopatcong Recycling Center. Brush no wider than 4” in diameter will be accepted at the recycling center. Hopatcong Residents
can only utilize the recycling center. No contractors allowed. Must show proof of residency by obtaining a window decal from
The Borough does not pick up or accept grass clippings either at the curbside or recycling center. Leave your clippings on the lawn when
you mow and let Mother Nature do the recycling. Grass clippings provide a natural fertilizer for growing a lawn.
UNDER NEW JERSEY STATE LAW, GRASS CLIPPINGS CANNOT BE COLLECTED FOR DISPOSAL AT THE LANDFILL
Here are some alternatives:
1. GRASS — CUT IT AND LEAVE IT!
Leaving grass clippings on the lawn: Reduces mowing time by 20% - 25%. Saves the expense of buying lawn bags. Cuts the amount of
fertilizer required What could be easier than cutting your lawn and not bagging clippings anymore? You will save time because you will
not have to stop to empty your lawnmower bag. Homeowners that leave clippings on the lawn can actually reduce their total annual
mowing time by 20% - 25%. You will also spend less on fertilizer since clippings left on the lawn recycle nutrients, such as nitrogen,
back to the soil. You might consider purchasing a mulching/recycling mower or adding a mulching attachment to your present mower.
These attachments chop clippings into fine pieces which slip easily down to the soil.
2. MULCH CLIPPINGS INTO YOUR GARDEN
To mulch your grass clippings into your garden, place about an inch of grass clippings directly on the soil around plantings to moderate
soil temperature and to reduce weed growth, soil spattering, erosion, compaction, evaporation and runoff. As a precaution, please
wait at least 3 weeks and 2 lawn cuttings to utilize grass clippings in your garden after your lawn has been treated with herbicides.
Another method of recycling grass clippings into your garden is to mix them directly into the garden soil. Since most NEW JERSEY
soils are low in organic materials, applying fresh or composted clippings adds valuable organic matter. Grass clippings contain more
nitrogen than horse manure.
3. CONSIDER BACKYARD COMPOSTING
Grass clippings are an excellent addition to the backyard compost pile.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING
The Borough of Hopatcong shall commence curbside collection of Christmas trees in January. As the Christmas trees are composted, the
trees must have the stand and ornaments removed and cannot be in plastic or other bags. The trees can also be brought, at no charge,
to the Recycling Center during normal operating hours.
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