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To keep our streets clean and citizens healthy, this office manages city wide garbage, recycling, and bulk removal programs. We also coordinate with the Hudson County Improvement Authority to provide drop off days for household hazardous materials two times per year. All items for pick up should be placed curb side after 7:30pm, or after 9pm in the Limited Business Area on the appropriate day. Failure to follow this and other municipal ordinances can result in the issuing of a summons.

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Waste Collection

To keep our streets clean and citizens healthy, this office manages city wide garbage, recycling, and bulk removal programs. We also coordinate with the Hudson County Improvement Authority to provide drop off days for household hazardous materials two times per year. All items for pick up should be placed curb side after 7:30pm, or after 9pm in the Limited Business Area on the appropriate day. Failure to follow this and other municipal ordinances can result in the issuing of a summons.

Recycling

Hoboken will switch to Dual-Stream Recycling beginning on September 9, 2019

What is dual-stream recycling?

We currently put all recyclable materials in one bin as a single-stream. Starting this fall, we will separate comingled (aluminum, glass, plastics) from paper recycling to create a dual-stream.

Why is Hoboken switching 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) will be collected on Monday evenings, and Paper Recycling (paper, cardboard) will be collected on Thursday evenings.

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.

Hoboken Recycling Center

Hoboken Central Garage

256 Observer Highway

Monday through Friday 9 AM – 4 PM

Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM

Download the Recycling Right Fact Sheet

Waste Collection Schedule

Download the new collection schedule

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.

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

The Hoboken Green Team runs several recycling drives per year with GreenDrop for articles of clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding, tools, collectibles, kitchenware, toys, musical instruments and sporting goods. Stay tuned to the Hoboken Green Team Facebook page for the next recycling drive.

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.

Visit the Compost website for full details.

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