3/2021 - NEW Recycling, Bulk, Brush, Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Guide


Do you have questions about recycling, bulk, brush, hazardous waste and more?  This new guide has the answers!  The new guide is full or information and answers many frequently asked questions.  Click here to check it out.



EFFECTIVE 2/1/2021 Curbside Recycling will be picked up EVERY Thursday.  Recycling dumpsters at Public Works have been removed.  Single Stream Recycling is no longer accepted at Public Works.



June 1, 2020 - Mendham Borough is now participating with Recycle Coach, a helpful app that connects residents to local recycling information like pick up dates, drop off events, changes in schedule, and what items are/aren’t recyclable.  Mendham Borough’s data is now active, and the app is ready for use on your phone.  Download the app from either the Apple Store or Google Play.

Have a question about what is acceptable for curbside bulk trash collection, Recycle Coach can help with that.  Recycle Coach can answer your questions about how to recycle or dispose of various items. 

Learn tips for how to be a more effective recycler and keep the recycling steam flowing with acceptable items.  To download the app and read more please click here.  Questions, please contact Public Works at 973-543-6535 or dpw@mendhamnj.org




 Guidelines: Curbside Collection of Single Stream Recyclable Materials


  • Click here for a copy of the 2021 Recycling Calendar.

  • Place materials at curbside the night before collection day.

  • All containers should have lids and handles.  RECYCLING WILL NOT BE PICKED UP IF IT IS PLASTIC BAGS.

  • Containers must not exceed 50 pounds in weight.

  • Labeling containers is required to identify the container as recyclable material. Recycling labels are available at the Phoenix House, Public Works and Mendham Borough Library.  

 If you have any questions, concerns, complaints (or compliments),

please call the Department of Public Works at 973-543-6535.

***If there are problems with your recycling collection please call us
BEFORE 10:00 AM on the morning following collection day***


Program Description: Blue Diamond provides curbside recycling collection service for Mendham Borough residents every Thursday. Collection does not occur on major holidays. Blue Diamond currently collects recyclables manually, which dictates a 50-pound limit on the the weight of each individual recycling container and its contents. Please use multiple containers if you have over 50 pounds of recyclables to place at the curb for collection

Schedule: Every Thursday

Service Provider: 

Blue Diamond Disposal Inc

5 Howard Blvd.

Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856

Tel: 973-598-9800  Fax: 973-598-9900

Email: custsvc@bluediamonddisposal.com




Accepted Materials


Aluminum (soda) and tin/steel (tuna) food and beverage cans. Remove lids and rinse clean. No paint/aerosol cans, pie plates or aluminum foil. Okay to co-mingle with glass and plastic at the Recycling Center and for curbside collection.

Cardboard and Chipboard*

All corrugated paper materials, chipboard (cereal boxes, pizza boxes, gift boxes).


Clear, green/blue & brown beverage and food containers. No drinking glasses, ceramic dinnerware, crystal, light bulbs, plate, window glass, mirrors or lab (test tubes) glass. Remove caps and neck rings; rinse clean. Okay to co-mingle with plastic and cans at the Recycling Center and for curbside collection.

Grass Clippings/Leaves

Grass clippings and leaves may be dropped off at the Recycling Center. No other lawn debris. Must bring to Recycling Center; no curbside collection.

Mixed Paper*

Newspapers, junk mail, telephone directories, catalogs, wrapping paper, magazines, books. We also accept computer paper, envelopes and card stock. Curbside collection: Place in recycling container. Do not use plastic bags, wire or tape to secure mixed paper.


All plastic coded #1, 2 and 5 are accepted. This includes margarine tubs, yogurt containers, juice cartons, water bottles and more containers. For plastic bottles/containers, remove caps or lids and rinse clean. Plastic bags of all types, containers that previously held petrochemicals or hazardous materials and motor oil and antifreeze bottles are not allowed. It is okay to co-mingle plastic with cans and glass at the Recycling Center and for curbside collection.

Plastic #1 (PETE) Food/Bev. Containers (Recycling - Single-Stream - All-In-One) Empty, rinse and commingle with recyclable mix. Do not put caps/lids back onto containers. Put caps/lids into the               garbage.


Plastic #2 (HDPE) Bottles (Recycling - Single-Stream - All-In-One) Empty, rinse and commingle with recyclable mix. Do not put caps/lids back onto bottles. Put caps/lids into the garbage.


Plastic #5 (PP) Food/Bev. Containers (Recycling - Single-Stream - All-In-One) Empty, rinse and commingle with recyclable mix. Do not put caps/lids back onto containers. Put caps/lids into the garbage.

Poly board/Drink Boxes (Recycling - Single-Stream - All-In-One) Empty and mix with other recyclables.

Shredded Paper (Recycling - Single-Stream - All-In-One) If recycling shredded paper with in the MCMUA's "all-in-one" single-stream recycling collection program, the shredded paper must be put into a translucent or clear plastic bag and the bag must be tied closed.


Steel (Tin) Containers (Recycling - Single-Stream - All-In-One) Empty, rinse and commingle with recyclables. Aerosol cans must be empty. Remove plastic cap/lids, and put them into the garbage.


Telephone Books (Recycling - Single-Stream - All-In-One) Also include paperback or softcover books. Do not include hardcover books. 


NOT Accepted Materials:

Poly(vinyl chloride) Pipes, shower curtains, meat wraps, cooking oil bottles, baby bottle nipples, shrink wrap, clear medical tubing, seat covers, coffee containers.


     Plastic #4 (LDPE): Food/Bev. Containers

Polystyrene Coffee cups, disposable cutlery and cups (clear and colored), bakery shells, meat trays, "cheap" hubcaps, packing peanuts, Styrofoam insulation.
     Plastic #7 (OTHER) Food/Bev. Containers



Plastics coded #3, 4, 6 and 7 can be disposed of in the trash. 

The majority of materials not accepted at the Recycling Center may be brought to the Mt. Olive Transfer Station on Gold Mine Road. You will need to call and make a drop-off appointment with them. If generated in Morris County, this material is required to go to the MCMUA transfer station if it is being disposed of. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste, regulations, special handling and fees are explained in detail on the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) web site. If you have questions about household hazardous waste disposal, call the MCMUA at 973-829-8006. Note: there is a small fee to drop off some materials and payment is required by check, not cash or credit card. In addition, the MCMUA holds three household hazardous waste and computer/TV disposal events during the year. Check its web site for dates, times and places.


Ineligible Materials

Items not recycled; dispose of with your regular trash.

  • alkaline batteries
  • window glass
  • mirrors
  • vases
  • ceramics
  • dishes
  • flower pots
  • beer & wine caps
  • drinking glasses
  • light bulbs
  • headlights
  • aluminum foil
  • pie plates
  • oven cookware
  • Styrofoam
  • plastic #3, 4, 6 and 7
  • plastic bags
  • motor oil containers
  • antifreeze containers
  • gasoline containers
  • kerosene containers
  • latex paint

Please note, the following types of containers must be completely empty before being disposed of: motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene and latex paint.



Have books you no longer need, bring them to Public Works and recycle them in the green book bin located next to the Electronics (E-Waste) Shed.  Hard and softt cover books are accepted.



Latex paint is not considered a hazardous waste, nor is it recyclable. It may be disposed of in one of two ways:
If there is little paint left in the cans, open them and let them dry completely. The empty cans may then be thrown out with your regular trash. There are products on the market that will speed the drying process. You can also mix the leftover paint with kitty litter and put into a plastic bag. Mixture must be almost solid.
If you have a lot of leftover paint, you may bring it to the Mt. OlivTransfer Station on Gold Mine Road. 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.



Mendham Borough does not provide garbage pickup. It is up to each resident to contract with a private hauler that will collect and dispose their waste. The municipality does not pay for the tipping fees.

  • Schedule: Contact the Hauler for more information.
  • Some Service Providers in the Mendham area:( For information on more private waste haulers consult the local yellowpages)

             Blue Diamond Disposal Inc
             5 Howard Blvd.
             Mt. Arlington, NJ 07856
             Tel: 973-598-9800  Fax: 973-598-9900
             Email: custsvc@bluediamonddisposal.com


             Waste Management of NJ
             Lafayette ,  NJ  
             Tel: 973-383-7480   www.wastemanagement.com  



Mendham Borough contracts Blue Diamond Disposal to pick up bulk trash items every Monday. If a holiday falls on a Monday the bulk trash is picked up on the next day, Tuesday. Please check this website for holiday updates. If the trash is not picked up, please call 973-543-6535 by 10:00am Tuesday and provide the following information: your address, telephone number and a description of the material left behind.


(view the Bulk Trash Flyer)

  • Please do not put materials in black plastic bags.

  • If a material fits in a bag then please dispose in your regular trash.

  • Computers/Televisions are not accepted as bulk trash, please see Electronics E-Waste tab for recycling info.

  • Construction Waste: Building construction, alteration or demolition waste, lumber, asphalt shingles, concrete slabs, steel, iron, concrete or PVC pipes, railroad ties, or any type of fencing materials, wood/plastic pallets, etc. are NOT ACCEPTED

  • WOODEN Swing Sets/Play Houses are NOT ACCEPTED.

Please note: Appliances or "White Goods" that contain Freon (Chloro-FloroCarbon) require special handling before bulk trash pick-up.

Freon Removal 
Freon must be removed from items, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc. before collection will occur.  The Borough does not endorse any specific company. Each item must have a sticker provided by an authorized company in order to be collected curbside. 



Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority

Morris County's Environmental Guide


Morris County E waste Brochure

Alternate recycling outlets

NJ E Waste 

Call2Recycle - Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling Locations

How 2 Recycle - https://how2recycle.info/

Battery Recycling Information

Guidelines: Curbside Collection of Recyclable Materials

Guidelines: Curbside Collection of Bulk Waste

MCMUA Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event

Information on Latex Paint and Oil Based Paint Disposal

E-Waste Recycling

For information on Disposing and Recycling other Material, click here 

For Information on recycling Styrofoam Peanuts, Bubble Wrap and Air Packs please contact Pack Ship N More in Madison, NJ, 973-443-0100.