Bergen County, NJ

Richard Baroch
Bergen County Utilities Authority
P.O. Box 9, Foot of Merhof Road
Little Ferry, NJ  07643
Tel: (201) 807-8696
Fax: (201) 641-3509

Click below for important links to the BCUA website including the listing of their HHW disposal days:

HHW Disposal Helpful Tips:

  1. Always read labels carefully before buying and using hazardous products.  Be aware of their uses and dangers.  If directions are unclear, contact manufacturer before using.
  2. Buy Alternative household products which are not toxic.  Look for “non-toxic” on the label.
  3. Keep unused portions in their original containers with labels intact and readable.   Knowing the contents could be a lifesaver in case of accidental poisoning.
  4. Store hazardous materials in a place inaccessible to children and pets.
  5. Reduce your waste and save money by purchasing only material you need and will use.
  6. Avoid mixing different products.  That can cause explosive or poisonous chemical reactions
  7. Always use hazardous products in well ventilated areas.  Wear protective gloves when warranted.  Many hazardous products have dangerous fumes that can burn your skin or irritate your eyes, nose and throat.
  8. Look up the phone number of the poison control center and place it near or on the phone in case of actual or suspected poisoning.
  9. Bring material in original, sealed containers.
  10. Do not mix products in one container.
  11. To prevent leakage or breakage, pack separately in absorbent material or triple bag.
  12. Bring rags to clean up any spills, and dispose of rags at the collection site.

Richard Baroch, Recycling Program Manager recommends that residents form a “buddy system” among neighbors, friends, and family. Residents could take turns bringing the materials. “Why not ask a neighbor who already is attending to bring your materials, and next time you can return the favor? This not only helps you, but it puts fewer vehicles in lines at the collection site.”

Acceptable at HHW Programs Only

Product containers marked with the words, “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive,” or “Explosive,” See below for listing.

  • House – Aerosol cans, bleach, chemistry kits, nail polish, polish removers, perfumes, disinfectants, drain cleaners, floor wax, mercury thermometers, moth balls, oven cleaner, smoke detectors, spot remover, toilet cleaner, fire extinguishers, thermostats, friable asbestos.
  • Workshop – Corrosives, paints (oil and latex based), small compressed-gas cylinders, solvents, stains strippers, thinners, varnish, wood preservatives, fluorescent bulbs, photographic chemicals, household batteries, aerosol cans, mineral spirits, shellacs, and turpentine.
  • Garden/Yard – Algacides, ant and roach powder, bug sprays, fertilizers, fly strips, garden and dust sprays, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals and driveway/roof sealers.
  • From the Garage – Antifreeze, Auto batteries, motor oil, degreasers, waste fuels – gasoline, transmission fluid, brake fluid, kerosene, waxes, polishes, and used motor oil mixed with other fuels, oil filters
  • Miscellaneous – Artist’s paints and mediums, BBQ propane cylinders, chemistry sets, fiberglass epoxy, gun cleaning solvents.

Unacceptable at HHW Programs

Some types and quantities of hazardous wastes are unacceptable.  Those listed below are currently beyond our capabilities.  If your household contains any of these materials and you wish to dispose of them, please secure a contractor from the yellow pages, under “Waste Reduction, Removal & Disposal Services” heading or contact our hazardous waste hotline at (201) 807-5825 for advice and information.

  • Unlabeled wastes or containers with unknown contents.
  • Regulated medical waste (as defined by the N.J.A.C. 7:26-3A).
  • Non-Friable Asbestos – Contact the BCUA for a disposal package which includes a complete listing of disposal facilities.
  • Automobile Tires – Contact your local municipality or service station.
  • Radioactive Waste – Except smoke detectors.
  • Explosive or Ordnance Materials – Contact your local Police Department.
  • Containers with less than 1″ of material or empty containers – These can go into the regular trash.
  • Large Containers – larger than 5 gallons containers is unacceptable.
  • Computer and/or electronic equipment

Explosives or Highly Reactive Materials may be dangerous. If you have these types of materials, call first for safety instructions. DO NOT bring these materials without prior authorization! These dangerous items include, but are not limited to, picric acid, isopropyl ether, calcium carbide, perchloric acid and benzoyl peroxide.