The BCUA operates a Household Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal Program for all of Bergen County. Collection programs are held in Moonachie, Paramus and Mahwah from May through October. Household Hazardous Waste is defined as any municipal solid waste, generated by a private residence in a community, that is either a listed hazardous waste, or exhibits certain hazardous characteristics. These characteristics are defined by state regulation, and are based upon the ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity of the material.
From residents, the BCUA will accept items such as paints, automotive products, pesticides, aerosols, flammable materials, etc. that are used around your home on a daily basis Placing these items in your trashcan is not an environmentally sound way to dispose of them. Using them up completely is the preferred alternative. To help our environment, more and more communities are asking citizens – on a voluntary basis – to take a few extra steps in the handling and disposal of these hazardous waste items. There is no charge for Bergen County residents to dispose of household hazardous waste material at this program.
The BCUA urges you to participate in this program, which offers a safe alternative for disposal of these materials and helps us create a cleaner and healthier environment in our communities.
If you are not able to wait until the next collection date and want to find out about private contractors to remove HHW or if you need more information about what can be brought to the collections, please use the links below to the BCUA website and publications.
2012 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Dates
Bergen County Utilities Authority, Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
HHW event hours are 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, rain or shine
(information from the BCUA website)