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Recycling/Garbage/Yard Waste Department

(973) 593-3088
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)

Recycling Helps to Reduce Property Taxes

In addition to the environmental benefits, recycling can help reduce property taxes. The Morris County Municipal Utility Authority charges the Borough nearly $100 for every ton of garbage we bring to the transfer station. On the flip side, the Borough IS PAID on average $40 for every ton recyclable material. So, the Borough saves over $140 for every ton of material that is recylced instead of thrown into the garbage.

The most valuable materials are paper and cardboard. As such, the Borough encourages all residents to have a paper recycling container in a convenient location in their home such as their kitchen. Cereal boxes, newspapers, office paper and junk mail are all valuable and heavy.recycle

On average, Americans generate over 4.3 pounds of municipal solid waste per person per day. REMEMBER. RECYCLING IS THE LAW!

For information about missed pickups and service, please contact the Department of Public Works at 973-593-3088.

For general questions on recycling, hazardous waste and electronic recycling, please call Jim Burnet at 973-593-8496.

Click here to see the 2011 recycling newsletter.


Drop off at Borough Garage
Residents and businesses can drop off recycling at the Borough Garage on John Avenue on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Weekly Collection!
The Occupational Center collects recyclables every week. The material you set out at the curbside will alternate week to week. Commingled bottles and cans one week; newspapers and magazines the next and so on.


  • Newspapers and Magazines
    Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, catalogues, telephone books and junk mail should either a) be placed in a container, b) tied in small bundles, or c) placed in paper grocery bags. Also, do not place materials in the gutter on rainy days.
  • Food and Beverage Containers
    Glass, aluminum, tin and steel food and beverage containers and plastic soda, milk, water and detergent bottles may be mixed together and should be placed at the the curb in a rigid reusable container such as a crate, bucket, or garbage can, no more than 50 lbs. in weight or 30 gallons in size. Do not use bags. If you do not use the proper container, it will not be collected.

A Word About Plastics


Most small household containers that are labeled 1-7 can be recyled, including yogurt contains, ketchup bottles, polystyrene egg containers and alike.

PLEASE RINSE YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINERS. Remove lids and caps. There is no need to remove labels. Flatten your plastic containers to save space.

For more information about Plastics 1-7, what the symbols mean, examples of containers, and what the material is recycling into, please click on the following link

Plastic bags are NOT acceptable containers for your recyclables and should not be used for your food and beverage containers or newspapers. Any materials not properly prepared cannot be collected.

Recycling by Madison businesses MUST BE DONE by either using a private hauler or by bringing the materials at no charge to the recycling area at the Madison Borough Garage on John Avenue on Mondays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. If you need information on which option would be best for your business, contact the Recycling Coordinator at 973-593-8496.

Apartment and Condo Locations
For information on how your location might improve its recycling, the location manager or appropriate representative can contact the Recycling Coordinator at 973-593-3088.

Check the list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials. Also carefully review your district number and collection days. If you have further questions, call The Madison Public Works Department at 973-593-3088. For more information about the First Occupational Center of New Jersey, click here.

Remember- Recycling is the law!