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HOW DO I DISPOSE OF…?

American flags 
There is a bin in the municipal building lobby and a special painted mailbox outside of the library on the parking lot side.

Antifreeze 
Bring to the recycling center.  No charge

Appliances (including stoves, *refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, *freezers, microwaves, toaster ovens, dehumidifiers)
Bring to the
Recycling Center during regular hours of operation.  If residents are unable to transport these items to the recycling center, they may call the office of recycling at 973-427-5330 during regular business hours to make arrangements for curbside pickup of any metal or electronic items.  There is no cost to the resident for this service, however, curbside pick up arrangements must be made prior to placing the items at the curb.
 
*Refrigerators and similar equipment not in operation shall not be discarded, abandoned or stored on premises without first removing doors (PM 307.2.2) Discarded refrigerators pose an attractive nuisance to children who often climb into the refrigerator and close the door afterward to create a hiding place.  Due to the risk of suffocation from being trapped in the refrigerator, the DOORS MUST BE REMOVED before it is considered safe to keep it during periods of storage or to properly dispose of the unit.

Asphalt, concrete, block, brick
NOT picked up at the curb.  Bring this material to the construction debris dumpster site on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 9 am to Noon.  There is a $20 charge (check) to dispose of the material. 

Batteries
Automotive batteries
– bring to the recycling center, no charge.
Household batteries – are no longer considered a recycled material and may be disposed of in your regular trash
Rechargeable batteries are not collected at the recycling center, but may be brought to any Home Improvement store for disposal.


Bicycles
See listing below for "Metal."

Books
Softcover books are recyclable; see listing below for "Paper."  Hardcover books may be brought to the Recycling Center.

Branches
Tree branches less than 4" in diameter may be cut into lengths of 4' or less and set out for Yard Waste collection. Branches greater than 4" inches in diameter may be brought to the Recycling Center to be placed in the yard waste dumpster.

Bulky Waste
Collected on your first garbage collection day of the month.  There is a limit to six bulky items per pickup.  A bulky item can be a piece of furniture, an extra bag of garbage, a toilet, or window.  It cannot be construction debris, metal, an appliance, an electronic, or recyclable.  If there is more than six additional items at the curb, the additional items will not be collected.

Cans & Bottles
Glass bottles, aluminum cans, tin cans and plastic bottles (marked with a recycling symbol around the number 1 or 2) are collected curbside, or may be brought to the Recycling Center. See
Garbage & Recycling Page for more details. 

Cardboard, corrugated
Collected curbside, or may be brought to the Recycling Center.  See
Garbage & Recycling Page for more details. 

Carpet, rugs, and padding
Rugs, carpet and padding are all recyclable items, and must be brought to the Recycling Center to be disposed of.  Fee applies for disposal – 5’ in length or smaller, rolled to 12” diameter or less is $5; carpet or rug not conforming to previous specifications is $20.

There is a $225 fee to have the Borough pick up the carpet at your house if you cannot bring it to the center yourself.


Christmas trees
Collected during the month of January on your regular yard waste day.  Remove all decorations, tree stand, and wires.  DO NOT PUT THE TREE IN A PLASTIC BAG.

Clothes, textiles
Bring to the bins at the recycling center.  No charge.

Construction debris
NOT collected at the curb.  On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, from 9 am until 12 noon there is a construction dumpster at the DPW yard on the corner of Goffle Road and Goffle Hill Road.  There is a $35 fee for using the dumpster - please pay by check only - payable to the "Borough of Hawthorne" at the dumpster site - no cash or credit cards.

If you would like to purchase the permit prior to the date, you can pay by cash or by check in person at the Building Department at the Municipal Building, 445 Lafayette Ave. 

No recycling or hazardous waste may be put in the dumpster.  There is a $35 fee for a single-use of the dumpster ($50 should you require an additional trip on the same day).


Dead animals
The Borough of Hawthorne contracts with Tyco Animal Control Services.  All requests should be made to Tyco at 201-652-4554 (answered by a machine).

On Roads or Public Property: Leave an accurate a location INCLUDING TOWN. Dead animals are picked up by Tyco Monday through Friday only. On weekends, call Hawthorne Police at 973-427-1800 and someone will be dispatched to remove the dead animal.

On Private Property: Residents are responsible for a $45.00 fee to remove the dead animal from private property. To have the animal removed, call Tyco as described above. Do not call the police for a dead animal on private property.

Doors
See listing below for "Metal" for metal storm and screen doors.  For other doors, see listing above for "Construction Debris."

Electronic devices (including televisions, radios, all computer components, paper shredders)
Bring to the
Recycling Center during regular hours of operation.  If residents are unable to transport these items to the recycling center, they may call the office of recycling at 973-427-5330 during regular business hours to make arrangements for curbside pickup of any metal or electronic items.  There is no cost to the resident for this service, however, curbside pick up arrangements must be made prior to placing the items at the curb.

Fluorescent tubes
Bring to the recycling center.  No charge. Compact fluorescent bulbs (not the long ones) are not accepted at the recycling center, but may be brought to any Home Improvement store for disposal.

Furniture
See listing below for "Metal" for metal desks and chairs.  See listing above for "Bulky waste" for other items.

Garbage
Collected curbside.  See Garbage & Recycling page for more details.

Glass
Glass bottles are recyclable and are collected curbside, or may be brought to the Recycling Center.  See
Garbage & Recycling page for more details. Drinking glasses, light bulbs, window panes and so forth are not recyclable and should be included with garbage.  See separate listing for "Fluorescent tubes." 

Grass clippings
See listing below for "Yard Waste".

Household hazardous waste
Bring to the
County Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Leaves
See
Leaf Collection page.

Mattresses
See listing above for "Bulky waste" .

Medicine
The Project Medicine Drop box is located in the Borough’s hallway outside of the Hawthorne Police Window.  Residents can bring their unwanted or expired household medications removed from the original packaging and placed in a zip lock or similar type plastic bag to the Hawthorne Police Department. Hawthorne residents are invited to come in and use the box 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused and expired prescription medications anonymously and free of charge. The medications will then safely and properly be destroyed.   


Metal, miscellaneous scrap (including lawn furniture, lamps, cabinets, grills, desks, swing sets, sheds, basketball poles, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, bicycles, tools, pots & pans, garbage cans, copper or metal pipes) (see separate listing for "Propane Tanks").
Bring to the
Recycling Center during regular hours of operation.  If residents are unable to transport these items to the recycling center, they may call the office of recycling at 973-427-5330 during regular business hours to make arrangements for curbside pickup of any metal or electronic items.  There is no cost to the resident for this service, however, curbside pick up arrangements must be made prior to placing the items at the curb.

Newspaper
Collected curbside, or may be brought to the Recycling Center.  See
Garbage & Recycling Page for more details. 

Oil Filters
Bring to the recycling center.  No charge.

Paint 
Latex – mix kitty litter into the paint to the consistency of oatmeal.  Dump that mixture into a double plastic bag and put it in your regular garbage.  Bring the empty paint can down to the recycling center. 

Oil based, or paint thinners and remover – Bring to the County Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Paper
Cardboard, newspaper, junk mail, soft cover books, boxes, school paper, file folders, cereal boxes, pasta boxes, school paper are collected curbside.  See
Garbage & Recycling Page for more details. 

Plastic
All plastics, numbers 1 through 7, are now accepted at the recycling center.  Rigid plastic children's toys and plastic lawn furniture are also accepted.  See Garbage & Recycling Page for more details. 

Propane tanks
Bring to the recycling center.  There is a $5 fee to drop off.

Recyclables
Recyclable paper, cans and bottles are collected curbside or may be brought to the Recycling Center.  See
Garbage & Recycling Page for more details.  

Styrofoam
It is no longer economically feasible to recycle styrofoam; please dispose of styrofoam in the garbage.

Tires
Bring to the recycling center.  There is a charge based on size.

Yard waste  - including grass, brush,  branches (under 4' long and 4" in diameter) and leaves, but EXCLUDING dirt, rocks and larger branches (over 4' long or 4" in diameter). See separate page on Yard WasteGrass CANNOT be disposed of at Recycling Center.
NOTE:  Compost material is generated by the yard waste (brush, branches, leaves) collected at the recycling center and is available to the public, free of charge, for use in their own yards.