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A Chathamite's Guide to Recycling in 2012

From trees to computers, how to dispose of your recyclables.

The holidays generate a lot of recyclables. This includes wrapping paper from gifts, boxes and bottles—not to mention the Christmas tree. Here are some tips on how to dispose of your recyclables after the latest holiday season.

Recycling In Chatham Township

Township residents now have single-stream recycling available, thanks to the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA). Paper, plastics Nos. 1 through 7, except for 3 and 6, glass and cans may be placed in the same container, and the MUA requires all items to be loose (so don't tie those newspapers together anymore.) Also, cardboard boxes must be flattened.

Place your recycling on the curb by 6 a.m. every other Friday, excluding the Friday after Thanksgiving, to be included in the collection. Those dates are:

  • Jan. 6
  • Jan. 20
  • Feb. 3
  • Feb. 17
  • March 2
  • March 16
  • March 30
  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • May 25
  • June 8
  • June 22
  • July 6
  • July 20
  • Aug. 3
  • Aug. 17
  • Aug. 31
  • Sept. 14
  • Sept. 28
  • Oct. 12
  • Oct. 26
  • Nov. 9
  • Dec. 7
  • Dec. 21

Additionally, the Tanglewood Lane Recycling Depot is open Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Chatham Township Environmental Commission provides local information on recycling and safe disposal. They may be reached by calling the at (973) 635-4600 or e-mail ctec@chathamtownship.org.

Recycling in Chatham Borough

Waste Management is now in the second year of their contract for recycling collection in Chatham Borough. The company will collect recycling every Wednesday.

Waste Management offers single stream recycling, which means that borough residents can place all recyclables—papers, newspapers, cardboard, glass, plastics Nos. 1 through 7, aluminum and steel cans and magazines—can be placed without sorting into a single bin.

Recycling Electronics

A new law went into effect last year requiring all electronics to be recycled rather than disposed of in the garbage. Manufacturers and vendors of electronics are required to accept the items for recycling.

To drop off an electronic item for recycling, take it to any Radio Shack, Staples or Best Buy. Most of these stores also offer a trade-in value or gift card.

has scheduled electronics recycling for the first three Saturdays in January. To donate, bring the following items to the Chatham Borough Recycling Center at 90 Summit Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon:

  • computers
  • fax machines
  • scanners
  • keyboards and mice
  • main frames
  • VHS and/or DVD players
  • speakers
  • wires
  • televisions
  • printers
  • monitors
  • stereos
  • telecommunications equipment

Christmas Trees in Chatham Borough

Christmas tree collection is currently scheduled for Sunday morning at 9 a.m. in Chatham Borough.

The trees will be taken to the mulch area behind , since bonfire permits have become increasingly restricted in recent years.

victoria montana January 02, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Aren't we recycling glass in the Borough?
Chatham Township Environmental Commission January 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Video is worth a 100,000 words...see the Chatham Township video about the new recycling program for Chatham Township residents...just email Chatham Township Environmental Commission at ctec@chathamtownship.org and we will send you the link to view the recycling video (put "request for recycle video" in the subject box of your email). Happy New Year! From, CTEC Chatham Township

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