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Edited 1-27-2012


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Denville Recycling Regulations


 Recycle posters are available: Grey Bin      Blue Bin

Download these generic posters or contact for format changes

 Program must be active, current and effective.

 Office Buildings (property owner and each individual business) must be able to demonstrate to the Township Municipal Recycling Coordinator that their recycling program is active, current and effective. Non-compliance carries an initial Township of Denville penalty of $ 250 and higher penalties may be assessed by the county recycling office and NJDEP. 

See enforcement section………………..

 The Township of Denville has a list of over 1000 businesses which includes property owner and tenant information.

Owner, operator or manager of a business, institution, office complex, hotel, school and multi-family dwellings must ensure that a recycling program is in place.

Commercial establishments are required to submit annual recycling plans and or vendor contracts by January 15 of each year. See our forms Center for example of recycling plan. Report must be sent to:

Denville Department of Public Works, 140 Morris Ave, Denville, NJ 07834.

Each business, institution, office complex, hotel, school and multi-family dwellings is required to complete a recycling tonnage report on or before March 1st of each year. See our Forms Center for example of recycling plan. Report must be sent to:

Denville Department of Public Works, 140 Morris Ave, Denville, NJ 07834.



Follow these simple steps and you can create a recycling program in your office!


Each individual office

1. Designate an Office "Recycling Advocate." Select someone in the office to oversee your recycling program. Your recycling advocate will be responsible for arranging collection of recyclables, encouraging employees to recycle and overall monitoring of the recycling program.

2. Arrange for Collection. There are several options to consider for collection. Contact your landlord or property owner to determine what procedures are already in place.  You may contact your waste hauler to arrange collection, designate an employee to deliver your recyclables to the nearest recycling center or contract with your janitorial staff.

3. Get Recycling Bins. Buy new bins for multiple locations in your office, Blue is traditional color.

4. Location, Location, Location. To generate maximum participation, be sure to place recycling bins in each workstation or office, as well as in central areas such as lunchrooms, lounges and office machine rooms.

5. Make it Easy -- Label the Bins. Clearly label every recycling bin to indicate EXACTLY what items go in the bin, e.g., "Aluminum Cans," "Mixed Paper."

6. Kick-Off the Recycling Program. Announce your new office recycling program through an event or a series of internal emails leading up to the kick-off.

7. Keep Up the Enthusiasm. Create employee recycling incentive programs to keep the momentum going. For example, recognize employees who reduce the company's waste -- "Recycler of the Month." Distribute new waste reduction and recycling tips to spread the recycling message. Also, don't forget to let your customers know!



Steps for Successful Recycling: Property Owners

Understand recycling and educate the team. Know the benefits and clearly understand the reason behind recycling. The belief that a recycling program is positive and beneficial to the business must exist as a foundation.

Know the law



Consult your Waste Collection and recycler Vendor for current information.

Set up appropriate recycling programs in administrative offices, food service areas and public areas. It is best to concentrate on areas that produce significant amounts of particular materials.

Collecting recyclables is simple, but there are correct and incorrect ways to go about it. The two primary ways of collecting recyclable materials are by source separation/dual stream  (separating the products to be recycled; for example, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, and white paper) and commingling single stream (putting all recycled materials together).

  • Contact your vendor to determine the best method (single vs dual stream) for your office complex. Look for recycling contractor who will accept the full range of materials.


Walk through the facility noting what type of waste is discarded in each area. A walk-through will help you determine which types of bins are needed. Typical programs are likely to involve some of the following:


  • Offices - paper, corrugated paper or cardboard, cans, bottles.
  • Food service areas - glass, metal cans, plastic containers, corrugated paper, cardboard (make sure food waste is separated or that it goes down the garbage disposal).
  • Public areas - newspaper, magazines, bottles, cans.

Balance interior individual recycle containers and “outdoor” consolidation containers

In placing recycle (blue) bins, make sure that they achieve a balance between convenience and cluster. Bins should be close enough to where the waste is discarded so the people will use them, but not so widespread that people will trip over them. It is a good idea to talk to people who work in a particular area to determine exactly where bins should be placed.

Make sure that bins in public areas are well-marked. It is best to choose bins with specialized openings, such as a hole for cans or a slot for newspapers, for these areas. Don't skimp on collection bins – make it convenient and easy. Perhaps one bin per workstation and one main bin per office really does make sense.

Inform employees and all tenants about proper recycling procedures. Include a recycle page in the lease. Issue quarterly memos, plain any separation procedures when you distribute bins. Promote and market your program. Keep the momentum going through education, newsletter articles, e-communications, and signs.

Set up a log book or a receipt system to record the volume of recyclables leaving the premises. This will enable you to receive proper compensation for your materials and to take appropriate action if volumes decrease.

Include recycling information in your orientation for new employees, and tenants.

Explain the overall recycling program to your janitors, and use them as your eyes and ears. Have them inform you of any areas with major contamination problems and follow up with improved recycling education in these areas.

After policies have been established, train janitorial staff by showing them what to do with new bins, how to collect waste separately and where to bring separated materials. For a 24-hour operation, plan pick-ups on appropriate shifts so that you do not have a problem with overflowing bins.

Be sure that your grounds crew knows to keep yard waste separate from other waste.

Ask your waste hauler for advice about keeping recyclables and wet waste separate. Depending on the company's trucks and equipment, your hauler may want to give you separate containers for trash and recyclables.

Remind employees to keep food waste out of recycling containers.

Roll out the program – remember modify the program to achieve maximum recycling.

Maintain the program – be sure it is active, current and effective.

BE sure you can demonstrate to the Township Municipal Recycling Coordinator that their recycling program is active, current and effective. Non-compliance carries an initial Township of Denville penalty of $ 250 and higher penalties may be assessed by the county recycling office and NJDEP.  See enforcement section.


Here are five common misconceptions about recycling at office buildings, and tips for property managers who want to make recycling work for them:


Myth No. 1: Benefits from recycling are insignificant.

Not true. Cost savings alone make recycling worthwhile for many buildings.

Determine your trash cost per ton. Determine proposed recycle “cost” per ton. This cost avoidance could make recycling worthwhile for many buildings.

Many tenants appreciate a strong recycling program and see the value of moving into a facility that already has such a program in place. Potential tenants who are outspoken about their environmental ethic take this a step further and search for "green buildings" -- which should include a state-of-the-art recycling program.


Myth No. 2: If you do paper and cardboard, you've done it all.

Not really. Consult your local regulations list of all mandatory items.  Morris County Mandatory Items

other material


Consider these:

  • Computer equipment. If you can offer a computer recycling event for your buildings, or even provide up-to-date information on computer recycling, your tenants will love you for it.
  • Fluorescent tubes. You can save big money if you do a lighting retrofit to reduce energy costs, but then you have to recycle those old tubes. It's the law..


Myth No. 3: Recycling is the tenants' responsibility.

It may seem simpler to just let each tenant take care of their own recycling. But property owner is responsible to demonstrate an active, current and effective program exists. For most materials, recycling is more efficient with a buildingwide or propertywide collection system. It's a basic economy-of-scale issue. It also gives you, the property manager, more control over the size, placement and number of collection containers, as well as when and how the service is provided.


Myth No. 4: Lack of space and other logistical problems make recycling impractical.

No. They shouldn't. Because of the cost savings and other benefits from recycling, it's almost always worthwhile to find a creative way to provide recycling in your buildings. The vendors that provide commercial recycling collection should be able to assist in logistics regarding working in buildings with no loading docks, or buildings that are old, small and cramped, or new buildings with weird layouts.


Myth No. 5: Recycling and disposal are all there is to managing waste.

No. There's often a better way.

Work with your tenants to prevent waste. Waste prevention means reduction and reuse. Tenants can launch some waste-prevention efforts on their own, but property managers can lend a hand by providing info and making it easy for tenants. Work with your Municipal Recycling Coordinator, County agency,  Chamber of Commerce, etc.






Effective January 1, 2011: residents are no longer allowed to dispose of their electronic waste** (known also as “e-waste” and “universal waste”) in with their garbage (solid waste) and such electronics can no longer be left out at curbside for trash pickup.


Residents’ electronics waste** is now required by law to be recycled. Electronics waste** contains lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxins. Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) contain large amounts of lead that is used to shield consumers from radiation. Safe, legal, no fee disposal/recycling is now available for our residents.  The list below contains information on the many locations that will accept your electronic waste** for recycling.


Per the New Jersey law, the electronics manufacturers of these devices are required to fund the collection and recycling of consumers’ electronic waste**--therefore you should not be charged a direct fee when you bring your used electronics** to any of the sites, facilities and stores listed below.


**Per the law, the “electronic waste” specifically refers to these electronic devices:

Ø desktop, laptop, or personal computers

Ø computer monitors

Ø any portable computers

Ø televisions


*THIS IS A SUMMARY ONLY, with excerpts from the New Jersey Electronic Waste Management Act, and from information published by the State of New Jersey, the County of Morris, and ANJEC. This summary and listed information below is brought to you as a public service by the Chatham Township Environmental Commission.


To read the law, go to:




There may be a fee


Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority Hazardous Waste facilities: The MCMUA has an e-waste recycling program, including special collection events and drop-off points.


The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is compiling a resource list to assist residents in finding collection points. A working draft of the list

Recycle at these local stores (or "Trade In" your used electronics at these places for money or gift cards. This is a way to make some green while going green!)

Radio Shack Stores: Dozens of your electronic items, including toys and games can be traded in for a Radio Shack Gift Card. Trade-in at a store, or Trade-in online. Ask for details at your local Radio Shack

Staples Stores: most accept computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, and other items for trade in. Ask for details at your local Staples store at -800-staples. Details at

Best Buy Stores: Get money or gift cards on many electronics you can trade in. Ask for details at a local Best Buy store. Details at

Recycling NJ     

Donate: consider donating your used electronics: Reconnect Program (with Goodwill) accepts any brand of used computer equipment in any condition for FREE: