POSTED 1/24/2019

Borough of Madison residents are advised that effective immediately, paper or commingled recycling, that is placed at the curb in plastic bags will no longer be collected by the Borough contractor. This new requirement was imposed by the disposal recycling facility. Acceptable containers are plastic bins, which cannot exceed 40 pounds and are clearly labeled for the respective recycling (commingled recycling or paper recycling). Stickers are available for pickup at the Department of Public Works on John Avenue or the Clerk’s Office at Hartley Dodge Memorial.

Our hauler will not pick up recyclables in plastic bags. The plastic bags and its contents will be left at the curb. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at (973) 593-3088.

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Recycling Newsletter

View the Recycling Newsletter, which includes detailed recycling information, your waste collection day, and street district number.

Benefit to Recycling

First off, it is the law to recycling in Madison. 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 recycled instead of thrown into the garbage.

Madison now recycles paper cartons. Milk and beverage cartons can now be recycled with your paper, cardboard, and junk mail.

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.
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How To Recycle

  • 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 Suburban Disposal 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, catalogs, 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 pounds in weight or 30 gallons in size. Do not use bags. If you do not use the proper container, it will not be collected.
  • Businesses: 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: To improve recycling at your location, have the manager or appropriate representative can contact the Recycling Coordinator at 973-593-3088.

A Word on Plastics

You may now recycle plastics 1-7. Most small household containers that are labeled 1-7 can be recycled, 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.

Please do not use plastic bags. 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. View more information about plastics 1-7 (PDF), including what the symbols mean, examples of containers, and what the material is recycling into online.

Additional Information

Check the list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials (PDF) online. Carefully review your district number and collection days (PDF). 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.