Recycling & Sanitation FAQ

Mount Olive Township single streams all recycling, allowing residents to place all recycling in one container.

What size container can I use?

Recycling containers must not exceed 50 pounds, 32 gallon containers are recommended. Recycling containers can be purchased from our Recreation Department to support recreation events. $55 - 65 Gallon Blue or Pink, $65 – 96 Gallon Blue or purchase one on your own. Please stop by the Municipal Building to get a free decal if you purchased your own container. Use clear plastic bags for shredded paper only. All other material must be in the container loose.

What are the requirements for my cardboard, paper, plastic, metal and glass?

Any paper items can be put in the container as long as the items are clean. There is no need to remove stamps, staples or cellophane windows. Corrugated cardboard must be flattened. We recycle the following numbers on plastics: 1, 2, and 5. Please place plastic caps and lids in the trash. All containers must be dry and empty. We recycle aluminum and steel (tin) cans, loose metal jar lids, steel bottle caps, clean aluminum foil, pie plates and trays. We will also recycle glass bottles and jars with caps and lids removed. No styrofoam will be accepted. Styrofoam should be placed in the garbage.

How do I recycle branches, leaves and grass?

Brush (stacked neatly), leaves and grass are to be put out on the curbside. Grass and leaves will be picked up weekly throughout the season. All grass and leaves must be in paper bags as approved by the Township. Plastic bags will not be accepted for any of these items. Brush chipper services will be offered April 1st to May 31st and October 1st to November 30th. Please call the DPW to advise them of brush. When enough requests for brush collection is reached to warrant a days worth of work, a crew will be dispatched. We do not pick up tree stumps or rooted vegetation. 

Can I bring an item to be disposed of to the town facility?

Household recyclables may be brought to the Township Recycling Center located behind the Municipal Building. We are open Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We do not accept electronics, furniture, appliances, bulk items, tires and construction debris. You may also call the Morris County Transfer Station (MCMUA) at 973-829-8006 for on-site drop off of these items.

How do I get rid of...?

Not sure how to dispose of old electronics, paint, furniture or batteries? We’ve got an answer! Look at the How Do I Get Rid Of....? and enter in the item you are looking to discard and the proper way to dispose of it will pop up. Stickers are required for those extra bulk items we collect at your curb. Stickers can be purchased by mailing in an application or in person.

When is my garbage picked up?

Curbside collection of solid waste is done one day a week depending on what section of town you live in. View your collection schedule or call 973-691-0900 ext. 7361. The holiday pick-up schedule for the year is also available. Please have all garbage at your curb by 5:00 a.m. of your scheduled day.

I am new in town, how do I get a garbage can?

The Township will provide each household with one 96 or 65 gallon size garbage can. Call 973-691-0900 ext 7361 with concerns.

Can I have an additional garbage can?

As stated above, each household is provided one garbage can. If you have additional garbage to place at the curb you may buy a sticker for the additional bag(s). You can do this by coming to the Municipal Building or by filling out an application and mailing it with a check.

Does the Town offer a free large item pick-up week?

Yes, households serviced by Mount Olive Sanitation may leave out three large items for pickup without stickers during our clean up the last full week in April. The following items are not picked up: electronics, tires, construction debris, pianos or any item that contains freon.