ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Essex County Utilities Authority will host its spring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection on Saturday, May 5, “right next door” in Cedar Grove, a convenient location for Montclair residents.

The easy drive-in and drop-off event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (sharp), at 125 Fairview Avenue (next to the Old Hospital Center), in Cedar Grove.

From Montclair’s downtown business district, take Bloomfield Avenue 2.2 miles thru Verona Center to Fairview Avenue. Turn right and go 1.3 miles; the HHW staging area will be on your right.

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The event is free for Essex County residents only (proof of residency may be required). Commercial and large quantity users may not drop-off any items. No early arrivals are accepted, and it is a rain-or-shine event.

What are Household Hazardous Wastes?

Many jobs around the home require the use of products containing hazardous components. Homeowners can purchase these products over-the-counter, at home improvement stores from the local hardware shop to Home Depot or Lowes “big box” stores. 

The unused portions of these products are known as “household hazardous waste” (HHW). They range from the more obvious products mentioned above to lesser-known ones like bleach, hair coloring products, floor wax, lighter fluid, and air fresheners.

These products contain toxins that are dangerous to human health and to our environment, and consequently they are prohibited from disposal as household refuse.

To discourage residents from throwing out their HHW in the garbage, or other improper disposal, all New Jersey counties have set up HHW collection programs. The items are categorized by county staff and shipped to appropriate facilities for proper recycling or disposal. These programs have become very popular with the general public and an enormous amount of hazardous materials has been removed from the environment, from the municipal solid waste stream, and from our homes.

The Essex County Utilities Authority oversees the Household Hazardous Waste Collections for all towns in our county, including Montclair. Their collections are held twice each year, in spring and fall. For more information about the Essex County HHW Collection Day, call 973-857-2350 or visit

For further information about waste prevention, reuse, recycling or composting in Montclair, or for general HHW information, call our office of Environmental Affairs at 973- 509-5721, or email

Acceptable items:

  • pesticides and herbicides
  • paint thinners and solvents
  • oil-based paints and stains
  • chemistry sets
  • barbecue propane tanks
  • pool chemicals
  • automotive fluids such as antifreeze, motor oil and steering fluid
  • darkroom and photographic chemicals
  • rechargeable batteries
  • fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts
  • mercury and products containing mercury
  • gasoline and kerosene
  • household cleaning fluids
  • car batteries
  • home fire extinguishers
  • driveway sealer
  • aerosol spray paints

Items not being collected:

  • latex paint (which can be dried and disposed of with regular waste)
  • unlabeled or unidentifiable materials
  • asbestos
  • regulated medical or infectious waste
  • commercial or industrial waste
  • empty containers
  • explosives
  • munitions
  • ordnance or highly reactive materials
  • household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V)
  • smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms (these products should be returned to their manufacturer)