Recycling & Sanitation

TELEPHONE #: 973-428-2495 


Monday holiday collections will be picked up on Tuesday
Wednesday, July 4th will be collected on Thursday July 5th
Thursday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving) will be collected on Friday, November 23rd
Tuesday, December 25th (Christmas) will be collected on Monday, December 24th
Tuesday, January 1st 2019 (New Year's Day) will be collected on Monday, December 31st, 2018




Anyone wishing to purchase a second trash bin may go to the general office at the Municipal Building. The fee for a 95 gallon can is $65.00. The cans are at the DPW yard 25 North Jefferson Road in Whippany. If you need it delivered we will deliver it for you.


  • As of January 13, 2015, with the purchase of the third and final 31 cubic-yard automated sanitation truck equipped with an articulated arm, all Hanover Township residential neighborhoods including the following condos Sunrise-at-Hanover, Oak Ridge-at-Hanover and The Grande-at-Hanover condominium developments will have their sanitation collected with the new state-of-the art sanitation trucks. 
  • The use of this equipment enables the Township to collect the same amount of sanitation in one day that is now collected in two (2) days with our non-automated trucks.  The automated sanitation trucks only require a driver to operate rather than three (3) employees on a conventional rear-load vehicle.  This enhances operational efficiency and productivity, allows the Township to better deploy its manpower resources and reduces employee injuries. 
  • It is important to note that the automated sanitation trucks can only collect trash from containers designed with the truck’s lifting mechanism.  In this regard, each household has been assigned one (1) 95 gallon or one (1) 60 gallon container with wheels.  The containers are the property of the Township of Hanover and must remain with the residential unit.  Sanitation placed in any other kind of container or in plastic garbage bags not in the new containers will not be collected.
  • If a container is damaged and rendered unusable because it is not properly maintained by the household, the cost of a replacement container shall be charged to the property owner the renter whichever the case may be.
  • Households wishing to purchase an additional container at the same cost purchased by the Township may do so through the General Office at the Municipal Building. The cost for a 95 gallon container is $65.00 and the cost for a 60 gallon container is $55.00.  In addition, the Township has a limited supply of 32 gallon containers for residents who have a limited amount of garbage.  The cost is $50.00.


  • The Tuesday route is the area north of Route 10 between North Jefferson Road to Troy Hills Road. 
  • The Wednesday route is all of Cedar Knolls including the Countrywood and Trailwood areas, the Viera at Hanover and Waterview Condominium Developments.
  • The Thursday route encompasses both sides of Whippany Road.
Between October 1st through April 1st of any calendar year, household garbage, recyclables or grass clippings cannot be placed at curbside before 4:30 p.m. on the day prior to the collection day.  And, between April 2nd through September 30th of any calendar year, household garbage, recyclables or grass clippings cannot be placed at curbside before 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to the collection day.  
All sanitation and recycling receptacles placed along any Township street, other than State Highway Route 10 and Ridgedale Avenue must be removed by 7:00 p.m. of the same day that garbage and recyclables have been collected.
All garbage and recycling receptacles placed along State Highway Route 10 and Ridgedale Avenue, however, are to be removed by 11:00 a.m. of the same day that garbage and/or recyclables are collected.

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) collects recycling materials curbside. To ensure you receive collection, please place your recyclables at the curb the night before your scheduled collection, but no later than 5:00 a.m. the day of collection. The MCMUA cannot return to collect material that was put out later than 5:00 a.m. the day of collection. If conditions are windy, place heavy items on top of lighter items (e.g., glass bottles on top of your plastic), or use lids. Until material is collected, it is the responsibility of residents to ensure that recycling does not blow around. If you do use lids, please label your containers to identify the material in the container. Free container labels are available in the General Office at the Municipal Building, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If your recycling collection was missed, please call us by 10:00 a.m. on the morning following your scheduled collection. From 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., call 428-2495. If the Township is not notified by 10:00 a.m. on the morning following your collection, the material that was missed cannot be collected. 
For complaints, please call 973-659-3490.


  • Single-Stream Recycling
  • This means that you can put all of these materials together into the same recycling bin(s):

           Aluminum Cans        Newspapers                  Glass Bottles
           Junk Mail                     Steel (Tin) Cans            Magazines
           Chipboard                   Plastic Containers       Cardboard Boxes*

  • Please do NOT tie newspaper any more.

    *If corrugated cardboard boxes are too big to fit in bin(s), flatten, fold and stack them into one cardboard box and place box next to bin(s).

New Items to Recycle!
These items are now acceptable in the recycling program:
•• Clean aluminum pie plates, trays and foil
•• Boxes/cartons which contained liquid and frozen food, such as soup boxes, drink boxes and milk/juice cartons
•• Cardboard packaging for 6- or 12-packs of soda or beer
•• Plastic containers (bottles and non-bottles) with the following   
          symbols on the bottom:

      NO            OR          
Plastic bags are not acceptable.

COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULB RECYCLING: Home Depot will recycle your used compact fluorescent bulbs. Click here for details.

SUSPENSION OF COLLECTION DUE TO SEVERE INCLEMENT WEATHER: Recycling or sanitation collection may have to be suspended from time to time due to snow or other severe inclement weather. Unfortunately, suspended collections cannot be rescheduled. For information on whether or not a collection has been suspended, please call 428-2495. You can also check for information by checking the homepage of the Hanover Township website.

LARGE APPLIANCES: If you purchase large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, etc., in many instances, the store that sold you the new appliance will remove and recycle your old appliance. Where possible, please recycle your old appliances from the vendors from whom you purchase. Freon must be removed from items such as refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers & air conditioners prior to calling for a collection. The Township requires proof of freon removal by certification from vendor.

SCRAP METAL: Scrap metal must be recycled. The Township will collect scrap metal curbside by appointment. To schedule a pick-up, please call the Department of Public Works at 428-2495.



  • Included in this category are rechargeable batteries such as nickel-cadmium, nickel-iron, nickel-metal hydride, lithium ion, small sealed lead-acid, etc. These are often used as substitutes for non-rechargeable batteries in standard sizes such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9V. In addition, these rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, cameras, remote controls, MP3 players, toys, etc.
  • Also included in this list of batteries for recycling are non-rechargeable, hazardous batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9V) that include older alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries (manufactured before 1994) as well as any silver-oxide, mercury and magnesium button-type batteries, etc. It should be noted that manufacturers of alkaline and carbon zinc non-rechargeable batteries made after circa 1994 eliminated the mercury content to the point that they are no longer considered hazardous and therefore are not included in this category for recycling. Rechargeable household batteries must be recycled. The Home Depot, 902 Murray Road, East Hanover will accept rechargeable batteries.

    BATTERIES TO BE DISPOSED OF WITH GARBAGE: Non-Hazardous Batteries - Newer alkaline and carbon zinc non-rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9V). NOTE: in general, the mercury content in alkaline and carbon-zinc batteries made after circa 1994 is low enough so they may be put in the garbage.

    VEHICLE BATTERIES: Vehicular batteries must be recycled. Please recycle your old battery through the service station or store that sells you a new battery.

    USED MOTOR OIL: Used motor oil must be properly recycled. Area service stations may accept this material for a nominal fee.

    Used oil must never be left at service stations or dealerships when they are closed. Please call your local service stations or dealers for more information.

    USED TIRES: Used tires must be properly recycled. Whenever you purchase new tires, please ask the vendor to recycle your old tires. In addition, some area service stations and dealerships may accept tires for recycling during their hours of operation. Please call your local service stations or dealers for more information.

    Another option is to recycle your old tires through the Morris County Transfer Station located on 1100 Edwards Road in Parsippany. Morris County residents may bring their tires to the Transfer Station on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 11 :00 a.m. Please note: There is a charge of $3.00 per automobile tire, and $5.00 per truck tire, and all rims must be removed.

    YARD WASTE: Grass, brush and leaves must be recycled. Yard waste will not be accepted in plastic bags. These items must be separated and cannot be mixed. Please note: Brush cannot be mixed with grass or leaves. If brush, grass or leaves are mixed, the Township cannot collect your material. Grass must be placed in strong, water-tight plastic or metal receptacles not exceeding 32 gallons and equipped with proper handles and tight fitting removable covers. Receptacles must be tightly covered, and the weight thereof, including the contents, cannot exceed 50 pounds. Whenever possible, the Township Committee urges residents to use a "cut it and leave it" approach to lawn care. Grass collection will begin April 16th and continue on through October 11th.  If you have questions about when your grass collection day is please call the Public Works office at 973-428-2495.

    Curbside collection of brush is done by appointment only. To schedule a pick-up, please call the Department of Public Works at 973-428-2495. Brush cannot be larger than four inches in diameter, or longer than four feet long. It must be bundled, tied, and placed curbside. Please note: Brush collection is suspended during leaf collection season.


    Curbside leaf collection will begin on or about October 15 and continue on through December 14. Due to new storm water management regulations, it is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that leaves are kept at least 10 feet away from the storm basins. Please do not put branches, rocks or brush clippings in leaf piles. Leaves placed at the curb after this date or in the spring will not be collected. THERE WILL NOT BE LEAF COLLECTION IN THE SPRING. ALL LEAVES & BRUSH BROUGHT TO THE RECYCLING CENTER IN THE FALL OR SPRING MUST BE SEPARATED.

    CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS: In the case of minor home repairs and renovations, the Township will collect not more than four (4) tied bundles not exceeding 4' in length, or, debris contained in not more than two (2) plastic or metal 32 gallon garbage receptacle(s), not exceeding 50 Ibs each in weight. The Township only collects a small amount of rugs, one 10' x 12' room per household per year. 

    The Township does not collect construction or demolition debris from new residential units under construction or residential units undergoing major construction. In addition, regular sanitation collection will not begin at a new residential unit until the Building Department has issued a Certificate of Occupancy, or a person(s) has moved into the home. There are no exceptions to these regulations.

    Residents performing major home improvements and renovations must dispose of their construction or demolition debris by bringing it to an approved facility or, by renting a dumpster. The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) located at 1100 Edwards Road in Parsippany is an approved facility for the disposal of construction and demolition debris. The facility will accept debris Mondays through Fridays between 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays between 7:30 a.m. to 11 :00 a.m.

    To obtain additional information concerning disposal guidelines and costs, please contact the MUA at 973-808-9651.

    Asphalt roofing shingles, stumps and oil contaminated soil must be recycled at facilities licensed by the State of New Jersey to accept this material. If you hire a contractor to renovate or repair your home or property, and construction debris is generated, your contractor may recycle this material for you.

    PICK-UP OF BULK ITEMS: Curbside collection of bulk items (appliances, furniture, carpeting, etc.) IS DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. There are no exceptions to this rule. To schedule a pick-up, please call the Department of Public Works at 973-428-2495. Do not place items at the curb prior to calling the Department of Public Works for a pick-up date. Collection of bulk items may be suspended during the leaf collection season (Please call the DPW for bulk item appointment). Please note: The Township must have evidence that freon has been removed from refrigerators. freezers. air conditioners. and dehumidifiers before these items can be collected curbside. For more information, call 973-428-2495.


    The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) schedules a number of hazardous substance disposal days at various locations within the county every year. Please note: There are nominal fees for disposing BBQ - sized propane cylinders.  For more information contact the MCMUA at 973-829-8006.


     The Hanover Township Recycling Center, located one quarter mile north of the Municipal Building Complex on Stoney Brook Rd. off of N. Jefferson Rd., is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 6:30 am until 2:45 pm, Friday 7:00 am until 12:45 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am until 12:45 pm. The center is closed on Thursdays and Sundays. THE RECYCLING CENTER IS NORMALLY CLOSED ON HOLIDAY WEEKENDS when the holiday falls on a Monday or Friday. 

    The Recycling Center may be closed due to severe inclement weather. Residents have the option to bring recyclables collected at curbside directly to the Center during the hours of operation noted above. Recyclables should never be left outside the gate when the depot is not open. In an effort to ensure that traffic flows safely and smoothly through the Center, due to overwhelming use of the center, trailers will not be permitted. Please make every effort to sort your materials into the three categories noted above before you get to the Center.

    COMPUTER & TELEVISION RECYCLING: All computers, related hardware and televisions must be recycled and cannot be placed with sanitation.  These items may be brought to the recycling  center.  

    The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) schedules a number of Hazardous substance disposal and computer/TV recycling days at various locations within the county every year. Please note: There are nominal fees for disposing of computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and BBQ-sized propane cylinders.        MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.

    The MCMUA has also opened a facility at 149 Gold Mine Road in Flanders, to accept household hazardous waste and computers & TV's. The facility is available on an "appointment only" basis on selected mornings. Please call 973-829-8006 to make an appointment.
    Additional Electronics Recycling locations:
    Best Buy Stores

    SNOW TIME REMINDER: We would like to remind everyone of the following: (1) it is illegal for residents and/or their contractors to blow, push or plow snow into streets. This type of action creates a hazardous condition for pedestrians and motorists. It is counterproductive to the efforts of the Township in properly salting, sanding and plowing roadways; (2) Snow must be removed from sidewalks within 12 hours of a snowfall in order to provide a clear path; and (3) WHENEVER STREETS ARE SNOW COVERED, VEHICLES CANNOT BE PARKED ON EITHER SIDE OF A ROAD SO THAT PLOWS CAN PROPERLY CLEAR SNOW, IF CARS ARE LEFT ON THE STREET DURING SNOW STORMS, THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SUMMONS.