ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Essex County Utilities Authority will host its spring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection on Saturday, May 7, in Cedar Grove. 

The easy drive-in and drop-off collection takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 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.

The event is free and is 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.

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Acceptable Materials:

oil-based paints and stains -- paint thinners and solvents -- aerosol spray paint cans -- rechargeable batteries, and car batteries -- kerosene -- pesticides and herbicides -- mercury-containing products, such as thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescent lights) and ballasts -- driveway sealer –household cleaning fluids -- automotive fluids, including antifreeze, steering fluids, motor oil, and gasoline -- fire extinguishers (household type only) -- chemistry sets -- pool chemicals -- propane tanks (barbecue type only) -- photographic chemicals

Unacceptable Materials:

Latex paint -- standard household (alkaline) batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) -- empty containers -- unlabeled or unidentifiable materials -- asbestos -- explosives, munitions, ordnance or highly reactive materials -- commercial or industrial waste -- regulated medical waste or infectious waste -- smoke detectors, Carbon Monoxide alarms

What are Household Hazardous Wastes?

Many jobs around the home require the use of products containing hazardous components. Homeowners can purchase these products anytime, over-the-counter, at many conventional retail shops from the local hardware store to Home Depot, Lowes, etc.

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 people's 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 www.ecuanj.com.