This Saturday: Essex County’s Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. works with the Essex County Utilities Authority to collect Household Hazardous WasteEssex County Utilities Authority

Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

“I encourage everyone to participate in our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. There are some materials that should be removed from our regular waste stream because of their hazardous nature. This collection day provides our residents a place to properly and safely dispose of contaminants, protecting our precious environment for future generations. Our collection days are very popular and I am so glad our residents understand the importance of recycling.” ~ Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.; Essex County Executive

This Saturday, Oct. 2, Essex County residents are encouraged to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day sponsored by the Essex County Utilities Authority (ECUA). The free Collection Day allows residents to bring their hazardous waste to a single location for environmentally safe disposal. Items include those that cannot be included in regular garbage pickups or brought to local dumps.

Essex County Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

  • Saturday, October 2, 2021
  • 8:30am to 4pm
  • Essex County Public Works Department: 99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove

All containers must be smaller than 5 gallons and less than 10 pounds:

  • Aerosol spray paints
  • Automotive fluids (antifreeze, motor oil, steering fluids)
  • Barbecue propane tanks
  • Car batteries
  • Chemistry sets
  • Darkroom/Photographic chemicals
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts
  • Gasoline / Kerosene
  • Home Fire extinguishers
  • Household cleaning fluids
  • Mercury and products containing mercury
  • Lithium, Nicad, Rechargeable Batteries
  • Oil-based paints and stains
  • Paint thinners and solvents
  • Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Pool chemicals

Commercial businesses may not drop off materials.
The following items are not permitted:

  • Asbestos
  • Commercial or Industrial Waste
  • Empty Containers
  • Explosives, Munitions, Ordnance or Reactive Materials
  • Household batteries( AA, AAA, C, D, 9V)
  • Latex paint (can be dried and disposed of with regular waste)
  • Microwaves
  • Regulated Medical Waste or Infectious Waste
  • Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms (Returned to manufacturer)
  • Unlabeled or Unidentified Materials
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. works with the Essex County Utilities Authority to collect Household Hazardous WasteEssex County Utilities Authority

The collection day is for Essex County residents only.

  • Proof of residency is required at the collection site.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. has ensured that the County’s collection days, which are held in the spring and fall, have been expanded to include household hazardous waste, old computers and electronic equipment, used tires, and paper shredding.

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Essex County, NJ
Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.; Essex County Executive
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102
“Essex County is a great place to live, work and play, and there are many recreational opportunities available here. Our park system is the oldest in the country and our 17 parks and five reservations provide a tranquil and peaceful setting for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of our busy streets. For those who seek more organized activities, we have ice skating and roller skating rinks, a minor league baseball stadium, a 15-acre zoo and three golf courses. I encourage you and your family to “Experience Essex” as you discover the treasures of our historic park system.”

Essex County, NJ, Utilities Authority (ECUA)

Elmer J. Herrmann, Jr., Executive Director

Leroy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building, 60 Nelson Place, Newark, NJ 07102


“The Essex County Utilities Authority is the planning and implementing agency for solid waste disposal within Essex County. It is governed by a Board of seven Commissioners who are appointed by the County Executive. The ECUA develops budgets, establishes procedures, and assists municipalities with solid waste and recycling planning. In addition, the ECUA runs special programs to collect Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics at no cost to County residents.”

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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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