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:

The 2015 household hazardous waste collection events are scheduled for the following dates and locations.  Event hours are 9am-3pm, rain or shine.

  • Bergen Community College,
    400 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ
    (Enter via Paramus Road only)

    • Sunday, April 26, 2015
    • Sunday, June 28, 2015
    • Sunday, October 18, 2015
  • Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA),
    Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie, NJ

    • Saturday, March 7, 2015
    • Saturday, July 25, 2015
  • Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation,
    200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah, NJ

    • Saturday, May 16, 2015
    • Saturday, September 12, 2015
    • Saturday, November 7, 2015

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

2015 Computers/Electronics Recycling Events are scheduled for the following dates and locations. Event hours 9-2 rain or shine.  Proof of Bergen County residency required.  No commercial generators.  Click here to see the 2015 computer and electronics recycling program PDF flyer.  Note for 2015, these program will also offer tire recycling and paper shredding opportunities.

  • Bergen Community College,
    400 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ
    (Enter via Paramus Road only)

    • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    • Sunday August 16, 2015
  • Bergen County Campgaw Reservation
    200 Campgaw Road Mahwah, NJ

    • Saturday, June 6, 2015
    • Saturday, October 24, 2015

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.

7 responses to “Bergen County, NJ

  1. Nancy Dobrovolsky

    We took items to the Bergen Community College collection on Sunday. The attendant was a little rude insisting that my husband not get out of the car to show him what we were leaving. When we got home we found that he took the paint and other items but left 2 rechargable vacuum batteries, a cordless drill which has a rechargable battery in it and 3 rechargable household batteries. We now need to hold on to these items until next year. Please instruct your attendants to take all of the items in the box. If he had taken the entire box (which was why it was there) there would be not problem but he picked and chose what to take and didn’t ask about the other items.

  2. Do you accept automobile gas tanks?

  3. Can I place empty dried out household paint cans with my regular or recycling trash?

  4. Paula Seegull

    I have stale gasoline that I used for my mower. What
    kind of container can I bring it in? I was told by the repair shop not to put it in my mower this spring.

  5. Is there a limit to how much we can bring? Someone said told me there is a limit- but if Mr Baroch is suggesting combining with neighbors for “buddy system” is it safe to assume a full car wouldn’t be turned away?

  6. Colette Allen

    I would like to know if you can tell me where I dispose of expired car seats. Thank you for your time and help.

  7. Will you accept a tank of Freon?

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