Throw Away ‘Hazardous Household Waste’ At Essex County Event

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Need to safely dispose of “household hazardous waste” like pesticides, BBQ propane tanks, pool chemicals and auto fluids? An upcoming collection day in Essex County is your chance to get rid of these items and more for free.

The county and Essex County Utilities Authority will bring back their “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day” on Saturday October 1st. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Essex County Public Works Department at 99 West Bradford Avenue in the Cedar Grove.

According to county officials:

“Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is for Essex County residents only. Local residents do not pay fees if they bring materials, but they must provide proof of local residency. Commercial companies are not allowed to give away materials. For more information please call the Essex County Utilities Authority at 973-792-9060 or visit”

“There are some materials that should be removed from our regular waste stream because of their hazardous nature,” said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.

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“This collection day provides our residents with a place to properly and safely dispose of pollutants, thereby protecting our precious environment for future generations,” said DiVincenzo. “Our collection days are very popular and I’m so glad our residents understand the importance of recycling.”

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According to county officials, accepted items include: pesticides and herbicides, paint thinners and solvents, oil-based paints and stains, chemical kits, grill propane tanks, pool chemicals, automotive fluids such as antifreeze, motor oil and steering fluid, darkroom and photographic chemicals, lithium and NiCad batteries, fluorescent lighting and ballasts, mercury and products containing mercury, gasoline and kerosene, household cleaning fluids, car batteries, fire extinguishers, driveway sealers and aerosol spray paints (all containers must be five gallons or smaller or 10 pounds or lighter).

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Items that will not be accepted include: latex paint (which can be dried and disposed of with regular waste), unmarked or unidentifiable materials, asbestos, regulated medical or infectious waste, commercial or industrial waste, empty containers, explosives, ammunition, ordnance or highly reactive materials, household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V), smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

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