Here’s how to responsibly dispose of items that can’t go with your trash

UPPER FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County has scheduled two fall Household Hazardous Waste Disposal days so that residents have additional opportunities to get rid of items  that are not permitted in the regular or recycling disposal process.

The times, dates and locations are:

  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 – Upper Freehold, county garage on Rt. 539
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 – Hazlet, county garage on Union Avenue, off of State Hwy 36, behind Burger King

“Residents who are still cleaning up from the recent flooding need to remember to responsibly dispose of all hazardous waste,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, liaison to the county’s Health Department. “Residents can take advantage of two October dates or they can take their acceptable items to the county’s Household Hazardous Waste facility in Tinton Falls. Either way, there is no charge for homeowners to bring items to a county hazardous waste facility.”

Acceptable items for the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Disposal program include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, solvents, thinners, corrosives, cleaners, pool chemicals, liquid paints, varnishes, aerosol cans (full or partially full), used motor oil, anti-freeze, gasoline, batteries (rechargeable, button or automotive) and propane barbecue tanks. Each item must be in its original container with its original label (with the exception of used oil, gasoline or antifreeze). Also, the maximum amount of dry material that may be dropped off is 200 pounds and/or 20 gallons of liquid with no container larger than 5 gallons.

Items not accepted are lab reagents, concrete, electronics, car tires, explosives, radioactive materials and asbestos. Unknown or unidentified items are not allowed.

Latex paint can be solidified with dirt, cat litter or another absorbent. Dried paint and empty cans can be disposed of in your household trash.

Year-round hazardous waste disposal appointments are available at the county’s Household Hazardous Waste facility at 3211 Shafto Rd. in Tinton Falls. Call 732-922-2234 for information, hours and to make an appointment. School and municipal agencies must make alternate disposal arrangements. Businesses must contract privately for proper disposal of hazardous waste materials.  

Residents who live in Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Township, Highlands or Neptune, can take their unused latex paint to their town’s recycling center. Oil-based paint and chemicals cannot be taken to municipal sites; these items must be disposed at a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal day or at the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Disposal site in Tinton Falls. For details, contact the appropriate municipality directly.

This is a project of the Monmouth County Health Department.  For further information call 732-431-7456 or 732-431-4788. Additional information about household hazardous waste removal and the county’s recycling efforts is available from the Monmouth County Planning Board section of the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-431-7460.