Spring cleaning? The first household hazardous waste collection for 2017 takes place on Saturday March 11th in Moonachie. The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) will conduct eight household hazardous waste collection events in 2017 throughout the county. As there is no permanent drop-off facility in Bergen County, residents must bring their unwanted waste items to a collection site. Household hazardous waste will be accepted from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, (rain or shine) at the following centrally located areas: Bergen County Utilities Authority, Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie; Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus; and Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah. There is no charge for Bergen County residents to dispose of household hazardous waste material at this program. This is a photograph of the large sign at the HP recycling center; there is another one at the HP library.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) 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. 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.
Items that qualify as HHW include:
- Paints, glues, sealant, thinner, and stains
- Button–cell batteries, appliance batteries, auto batteries, and rechargeable batteries (alkaline and heavy duty carbon and zinc batteries can be thrown away with household trash)
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Gasoline, motor oil and auto fluids
- Aerosol containers
- Propane gas cylinders
- Fertilizer, insecticides and animal poisons
In between collections, please store your HWW items in their original containers or in packaging that clearly identifies the contents.
If you must dispose of your HWW immediately, Morris County has a Permanent Household Hazardous Waste facility where waste can be dropped off by appointment with a fee (call 973-829-8005)
For more information, please call the BCUA at 201-807-582 or look at www.bcua.org