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To keep Hoboken streets clean and citizens healthy, Environmental Services manages city wide garbage, recycling, and bulk removal programs. The Department also coordinates with the Hudson County Improvement Authority to provide drop off days for household hazardous materials twice per year.

All items for collection should be placed curb side after 7:30 pm, or after 9 pm in the Limited Business Area on the appropriate day (see Waste Collection Schedule below). Failure to follow this and other municipal ordinances can result in the issuing of a summons.

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To keep Hoboken streets clean and citizens healthy, Environmental Services manages city wide garbage, recycling, and bulk removal programs. The Department also coordinates with the Hudson County Improvement Authority to provide drop off days for household hazardous materials twice per year.

All items for collection should be placed curb side after 7:30 pm, or after 9 pm in the Limited Business Area on the appropriate day (see Waste Collection Schedule below). Failure to follow this and other municipal ordinances can result in the issuing of a summons.

Dual Stream Recycling

Hoboken switched to Dual-Stream Recycling on September 9, 2019

What is dual-stream recycling?

Formerly, we put all recyclable materials in one bin as a single-stream.Now, we separate comingled (aluminum, glass, plastics) from paper recycling to create a dual-stream.

Why did Hoboken switch to dual-stream recycling?

Global markets have made single-stream recycling cost prohibitive; this change could save the City more than $200,000 annually. Dual-stream could also increase recycling rates by reducing contamination in our recycling stream.

New Recycling Schedule

Comingled Recycling (plastic, glass, cartons, metal) is collected on Monday evenings.
Paper Recycling (paper, cardboard) is collected on Thursday evenings.

Recycling Right

Remember: Empty, Clean, Dry. 1, 2, 5.

Empty, Clean, and Dry

Rinse and dry your recyclables before placing them in the bin.

Recyclables should be cleaned from any debris, food, beverage, or other organics. Caps and rings must be removed from bottles. Paper and cardboard must be dry and free of food debris and other contaminating material.Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is not acceptable.

Please don’t place paper recycling at the curb in the rain!

Only Plastics Numbered 1, 2, 5

Check the number for plastics! Only plastics with numbers 1, 2, 5 in the recycling symbol are recyclable. All other numbered plastics should be disposed of with garbage.

Download the Recycling Right Fact Sheet

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Waste Collection Schedule

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Garden & Yard Waste

Place at the curb after 7:30 pm (9:00 pm for Washington Street) on Thursday night.

Separate leaves, grass, weeds and branches. Tie in bundles, or leaves may be put in transparent bags or special paper bags available at the Drop-Off Center.

Note: these materials are picked up early Friday morning by a different crew than picks up regular single stream recycling.

Metal Furniture and Appliances

Place at the curb after 7:30 pm (9:00 pm for Washington Street) on Thursday night.

Metal Furniture: Metal file cabinets, desks, bed frames, etc.

Metal Appliances: Remove doors from refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. Hot water heaters, air conditioners and small metal appliances are also accepted. You could get paid for recycling that old appliance! Before placing it at the curb, see if you are eligible for a $ rebate through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program.

Note: these materials are picked up early Friday morning by a different crew than picks up regular single stream recycling.

Non-Metal Furniture

Non-metal furniture and mattresses can be disposed of with regular garbage. Non-metal furniture with metal parts (example: upholstered chair with metal or wood legs, or a sofa bed) should be disposed of with regular garbage. For additional options to dispose of mattresses, visit Mattress Clarity.

Old Garbage Cans

Place at the curb after 7:30 pm (9:00 pm for Washington Street) on Wednesday night upside down with a paper sign that says "this can is garbage."

E-Waste Recycling

Place at the curb after 7:30 pm (9:00 pm for Washington Street) on Thursday night.

Computers, televisions, monitors, cell phones. Other small appliances such as vacuums, coffee makers, blenders, and food processors should be disposed of with regular garbage.

Note: these materials are picked up early Friday morning by a different crew than picks up regular single stream recycling.

Lighting Fixtures

Lamps and lighting fixtures should be disposed of with regular garbage.

Incandescent light bulbs should be disposed of with regular garbage. Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs should be recycled at a home improvement retailer.

Batteries

Alkaline batteries can now be disposed of with regular garbage.

Latex Paint

Latex paint can now be disposed of with regular garbage, but the can must be empty or dried out. If the can of latex paint is half full, place speedy dry, cat litter, strips of newspaper in the can to soak up the liquid. If the can of latex paint is more than half full, it can be brought to the Hoboken Recycling Center. Non-latex paint is considered household hazardous waste (see "Household Hazardous Waste" below).

Construction and Demolition Waste

Construction and demolition waste (example: sheet rock, concrete, treated lumber) is not collected by the City of Hoboken. Construction and demolition waste must be hauled privately.

Toys, Blankets, Clothing, Shoes, Collectibles - Recycle for Charity!

GreenDrop services Hoboken with weekly donation collections of clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding, tools, collectibles, kitchenware, toys, musical instruments and sporting goods. Donations should be bagged or boxed, labeled with the benefiting charity name and easily visible and accessible for the GreenDrop driver who will come by on Wednesdays between 7 am and 7 pm. Donors can call to schedule a home pickup at 888-944-3776 or register online. Collections must be scheduled directly with GreenDrop.

Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous items such as non-latex paint, varnish, turpentine, pesticide, etc should not be disposed of at the curb. For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Offs, visit the Hudson County Improvement Authority environmental hotline: 201-324-6222 x3219.

Compost (Organics Recycling)

The City of Hoboken offers organics recycling for businesses, schools, and residents. Organics recycling brings food scraps to farms where they are recycled into compost, which is used to fertilize the soil. Learn more about composting options for residents and businesses in Hoboken.

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