Residential Trash & Recycling


November 1st - March 31st Mondays Only
April 1st - October 31st Mondays & Thursdays

Rear-Yard Collection

  • Residential Mixed Refuse (no recyclables)
  • Must be bagged and placed in an appropriate receptacle

Curbside Collection Only

  • Household trash* such as furniture and other non-recyclable items
  • Place at curbside no later than 6:00am on pick-up day

* No construction debris, commercial trash/material, or recyclable material will be accepted as trash by the contracted vendor


Co-Mingled Recycling Schedule & Regulations

  • Curbside Collection - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
  • Place recyclable items in containers no larger than 48 gallons or weighing no more than 50 lbs *
  • Place filled containers at curb no later than 7 am on pick-up day

Acceptable Materials

Co-mingled glass (clear, brown, green), aluminum food and beverage containers, tin/steel soup, food, coffee cans, etc.; plastics #1- #7 as listed below:

  • PET (PETE), polyethylene terephthalate:  commonly found on 2-liter soft drink bottles, cooking oil bottles, peanut butter jars;
  • HDPE, high density polyethylene:   commonly found on detergent bottles, milk jugs;
    PVC, polyvinyl chloride:   commonly found on plastic pipes, outdoor furniture, shrink wrap, water bottles, salad dressing and liquid detergent containers;
  • LDPE, low density polyethylene:   commonly found on dry-cleaning bags, produce bags, trash can liners, and food storage containers;
  • PP, polypropylene:   commonly found on bottle caps and yogurt containers;
  • PS, polystyrene:   commonly found on cups, and plastic tableware;
  • OTHER, other:   This plastic category, as its name of “other” implies, is any plastic other than the named #1-#6, commonly found on certain kinds of food containers, Tupperware, and Nalgene bottles.


Mirrors, window or auto glass, light bulbs, ceramics, coat hangers, paint cans, tar pails, wire of any kind, electrical equipment, dishes, toasters, general household items.

Paper/Cardboard Recycling Schedule & Regulations

  • Curbside Collection by DPW - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
  • Cardboard must be flattened and tied with string
  • Newspaper/junk mail, etc. place in paper bags ONLY
  • Place at curb no later than 7 am on pick-up day

Acceptable Paper/Cardboard

Newspaper, magazines, corrugated cardboard, junk mail, telephone books, paperboard, office paper, colored paper, computer paper, stationery, letterhead, tablet sheets, tab cards, envelopes (with & without windows), file folders, NCR paper, fax paper, calendars, post-it notes, greeting cards, poly-laminated paper beverage containers (orange juice containers) & copy paper including staples & paper clips.

Unacceptable Paper/Cardboard

Soiled paper, trash, plastic, metal, waxed paper, photographic paper, food wrappings, tissues, napkins, paper towels, self-adhesive envelopes, carbon paper, blueprint paper, Tyvek material or Mylar paper, construction paper, hard covered books or chemical containers.

Purchase Recycling Containers

48 gallon containers w/wheels, attached lid and “South Hackensack Recycles” logo will be available for purchase through the public works department for $25.00 each.  Since we must pre-order, please contact the DPW at 201-440-3283 or email to place your order and/or obtain more information.  Please be sure to leave your contact information.  Deadline for orders:  January 31, 2012.

Electronic & Computer Recycling By Appointment

  • Effective January 1, 2011, electronic devices can no longer be disposed of as solid waste; they must be recycled by Department of Public Works.
  • Please contact the DPW at 201-440-3823 to arrange for pick-up of the following items:
Monitors & Laptops Cells Phones & Other Wireless Devices
Keyboards & Mice Stereo Equipment
Scanners & Hard Drives Fax & Copy Machines
Printers TV's & VCR's


Refrigerators (remove doors), Air Conditioners, Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers, Stoves, Microwave Ovens, Gym Equipment, Swing Sets (disassemble), and any other metal items

  • Curbside collection 1st Wednesday of every month
  • Place at curb no later than 7 am on pick-up day

Household Hazardous Waste

  • Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) sponsors several collections throughout the year for Bergen County residents.
  • For dates, locations and acceptable material, call 201-807-5825 or log onto