Environmental Policies-Bulk Refuse Program

Bulk Refuse 2010:

For 2010 Public Works services select this link. Call Town Hall and ask for Public works if you have additional questions @ 973-762-8120.  Read more on Maplewood’s recycling policies.

Background. A social contract exists between residents of a community and local government with regard to the environment (I mean with regard to quality of service, i.e. a clean uncontaminated environment). Support is necessary from both ends.  Residents and town officials together ensure that a community has an environment conducive to healthy living.  Government and residents in Maplewood have identified specific requirements for healthy living.  These include the maintenance of a clean water supply, and protection against health threatening contaminants.   These programs improve the quality of life in the community.

In our township residents are responsible for acquiring the privatized service of garbage pick-up.

Our local government offers a Household Bulk Refuse program as well as a Recycling Program.  Both programs are overseen by the Public Works Department.

Maplewood has a township ordinance on recycling, Ordinance No. 1819.   Our community also has an Environmental Advisory Committee.

Household Bulk Refuse Program- Residents only

Participating Requirements: To utilize the program residents will be required to show two forms of proof of residency each time.

Also, this program is independent of regular pickup of ordinary garbage. Included in this program is the Municipal Garden Debris Disposal Service.  For this service Maplewood is divided into 6 areas, and these designated areas are: 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9&10, 11&12.  The literature specifies that participating residents not use plastic bags for this specific service.

There are specific instructions regarding what is allowed and what is not allowed in bulk disposal.  These instructions include that drop offs are strictly held only for designated days.  By ‘Household Bulk Refuse’ the township committee provides these examples: refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and furniture.  Conditions for drop off are that residents do not attempt to dispose of building materials, car materials or garden debris under this program:

Building materials: concrete, sheetrock, plaster, dirt, wood, shinglings, roofing material, siding, doors, kitchen cabinets, decking, windows, storm windows, or any related material due to remodeling or alteration process.

Additional materials not accepted are: car parts, paint or paint cans, trees, branches, tree stumps or firewood.

What to do with what Public Works wont take.

Select this link to be taken to township website: Waste Management Bulk pick-up dates. Residents need an existing account with Waste Management, the business contracted by our local government to handle garbage pick up for residents.  As of October 31, 2008, the cost of service once a week is ($24.87) or two times ($34.35) a week. Waste Management allows (2) 32 gallon trash per pick-up.  Waste Management offers bulk pickup 1 day ever year, but they have a policy of not picking up:
  • medical waste
  • dirt
  • tires
  • flammable liquids
  • doors more than 4 feet in length
If you need your building materials picked up, you have to call the company for a bulk estimate according to what’s out for pick-up.  If you’re doing construction and need a dumpster for material, you can call and make arrangements with them.  Regarding bulk pick-up, call 800-371-7329 for a price estimate.

This information was provided via Waste Management’s toll free number, 800-371-7329.

© 2010 W. S. Hughes


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