MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County residents who planned to dispose of hazardous materials in Randolph on June 13 will now have to take the stuff to Parsippany.

The county Municipal Utliities Authority (MUA) initially said the June 13 waste disposal would take place at the County College of Morris. However, it recently changed that plan, moving the event to the Morris County Public Training Academy in Parsippany.

The MUA also added a second hazardous waste disposal day: June 28, also in Parsippany.

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The MUA's first plan, to have a disposal event on May 16, was scuttled due to COVID-19.

Although the MUA has announced the rescheduled dates, the virus is still impacting the procedure. "Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants dropping off household hazardous materials must wear face coverings, keep their vehicle windows closed and stay in their vehicles for the duration of the event," said the MUA.

It is asking people to leave all the materials in the car trunks, cargo areas or truck beds "for easy access" by its contractor's workers who will remove the items from the vehicles.

Or Wait Until September

"For residents who are unable to attend either of these June events, the MUA also plans to host fall events, currently set for Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Public Safety Training Academy, and Saturday, Oct. 10, at Chatham High School," said the authority. It said people can visit for additional updates regarding household hazardous waste and other programs.

The list of acceptable hazardous materials include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and removers, solvents, automotive fluids, lead acid and rechargeable batteries, pool chemicals and darkroom chemicals, said the MUA.

Also accepted are aerosol cans (not empty), propane and helium cylinders, small quantities of asbestos (wetted, double bagged and sealed with 100-pound limit duct tape), driveway sealant, roofing tar, fluorescent bulbs, PCB-ballasts, mercury thermometers and switches, household cleaning products and muriatic acid.

The MUA stressed that latex paint is not considered hazardous, so it is not accepted. Explosive or highly reactive materials, such as picric acid or nitro compounds, also will not be accepted, nor will electronics.

The events are for residential household waste. No businesses are permitted to bring materials to the disposal events, but they can visit the permanent facility in Mount Olive by appointment only.

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