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[Garbage can image]

Garbage shed

Garbage is picked up at the curb (not from the parking lot) every Tuesday and Friday morning.

  • The large shed near the front of the building has three gray carts/bins inside for you to put tied garbage bags and large items that will not fit in a bag - use like a mini-dumpster for a mop, umbrella, box filled with garbage, styrofoam packing blocks, etc.
  • Make sure you tie your bags closed so the contents don't spill out. Try to avoid putting sharp objects in there that will tear open the bags.
    • Put broken glass in a paper bag or box, bend metal coat hangers inward, etc.
    • If you have a box filled with garbage, tape it closed
  • If you re-use plastic grocery bags from stores as your garbage bags, tie them closed before putting them in a gray cart
  • If you have anything that can not go in a bag like an old mop that you'd like to throw out, either put it in one of the gray carts, or put it directly at the curb on Monday or Thursday evening for pickup the following morning
  • The Resident Managers bring the gray garbage carts to the curb the night before garbage pickup days
  • If you put garbage at the curb yourself, don't put anything out any earlier than the evening (after 6pm) before a garbage pickup
  • As of January 2011, it is illegal to put electronics in the garbage in the State of New Jersey. See below for recycling information or donation options
  • If you are still not sure what to do with something, see the list below or contact us

Caldwell Bulk Collection Day

  • Anything large like furniture can be put out at the curb on Caldwell Bulk Collection Day, the 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • See Bulk Collection below for more information

Recycling

[Recycling logo]

Paper and commingled recycling is picked up by the contractor that the Borough of Caldwell uses, from the north-east corner of the parking lot on alternating Thursdays. One week paper, the next week commingled (cans & bottles). See the Calendar page if you would like to know which one is this week. As of January 2014, Caldwell uses Cali Carting for recycling (no more OCNJ). They empty recycing directly from the parking lot (but take garbage from the street).

Cardboard and mixed paper

Beyond the large garbage shed is the smaller shed. That smaller one is where broken-down, empty, flat cardboard goes. Next to that is a tall blue recycling container for newspaper, magazines, and other recyclable mixed paper.

Cardboard

Small shed, both sides - flat cardboard

  • Empty out boxes - throw paper, plastic, styrofoam, pizza wax paper, pizza crust, etc. in the garbage (in your apartment)
  • Break down the box flat:
    • Do not smoosh or fold, if you can't make it flat, please put it in the garbage shed (or purchase a box cutter/utility knife)
    • Collapsed is good enough - if we run low on space, we will cut it flat-flat
    • Flat-flat is best - collapsed and cut in half until it fits
    • Do not leave cardboard inside other cardboard, separate it when you bring it outside
    • You can get a utility knife, aka. "box cutter" at Ace, Home Depot, Walgreens, some supermarkets, Amazon.com, ...
  • Cardboard only
    Please, no egg cartons, OJ cartons, bubble wrap envelopes, styrofoam, ...
  • If cardboard is too big to fit, and you are unable to cut/tear it, either put it on the side (outside of it) out of everyone's way for us to cut it later, or put it in a gray garbage cart in the large shed
  • The small cardoard shed is emptied out by Caldwell's recycling contractor once every two weeks, at the same time that the paper recycling container is emptied

Paper recycling

Tall gray paper recycling container - newspaper and inserts, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, mail, mixed paper

  • Any recyclable paper, toss it in there, no bundles necessary, but string/twine bundles are fine too
  • Do not put anything in a plastic bag in there, do not use tape to make a bundle
  • Newspaper/magazines in a paper bag is OK
  • The paper recycling container is emptied out by Caldwell's recycling contractor once every two weeks, at the same time that the small cardboard shed is emptied

If after reading through this information you are still not sure what to do with something, see the list below or contact us. Borough of Caldwell employees may not be aware of Caldwell House-specific recycling details, but you can always try them too.

Commingled recycling

Blue commingled recycling containers - cans, bottles, recyclable containers made of plastic, aluminum, steel, etc.

  • If you keep a container at home filled with cans, bottles & containers, bring that out, dump it out in one of the big blue commingled recycing cans
  • If you bring recycling out in a garbage bag, dump out the contents and throw the bag in the garbage
  • If the first container is full, rather than overfilling, use a different one please. If the lid won't close fully, the wind will blow things right out of there on to the parking lot.
  • We have been unable to get a specific list of accepted materials, so assume that if it's a can, bottle, or container and it has a recycling logo on it, it's probably OK. If they can't recycle it at the recycling center, they will dispose of it.
  • The commingled cans are emptied out in the parking lot once every-other Thursday, alternating weeks between commingled and paper
  • There is also a small commingled container in the laundry room for empty laundry detergent bottles

Plastic bags, wrap, film, air pillows, ...

Anything that falls under the description of "plastic film" can be recycled, but not by Caldwell recycling. This includes air pillows, newspaper bags, grocery & retail bags (#2 or #4), case wrap (e.g. for a case of water bottles), bread bags, napkin, PT, TP, or diaper wrap packaging, supermarket produce bags, food storage bags (e.g. Ziploc bags).

Remove address labels, let air dry, shake crumbs or any other loose debris out, then drop off anything listed in the flyer at ShopRite, Target, Kohl's, Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Wegmans, ...

Go to how2recycle.info then Store Drop-off for more information.

Electronics

Paper Shredding (and recycling)

Household Hazardous Waste

Some of it will not be recyclable, but it will be properly disposed of...

Tires

CFL light bulbs

Current Borough of Caldwell recycling info

Outdated, but possibly still useful

Note: The recycling hot-line phone # mentioned is no longer valid


Bulk Collection

Caldwell Bulk Collection is every month on the 3rd Wednesday
The next one is May 15th
Put everything out at the curb (gravel) the day before after 6pm

If you can not wait until the next Bulk Collection day, contact us and we can give you the contact info for a waste removal company. It will not be free, but you will not have to wait. Caldwell does not have a town dump, so that is really the only alternative if you can not donate it, sell it, or recycle it.

Upcoming Bulk Collection Days

The day may change if it falls on a holiday or during a snow storm. If that happens, we will list it on the Calendar page.

Actual pickup dayWhen to put it out
The 3rd Wednesday of May 2019 is May 15thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 14th
The 3rd Wednesday of June 2019 is June 19thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 18th
The 3rd Wednesday of July 2019 is July 17thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 16th
The 3rd Wednesday of August 2019 is August 21stafter 6pm on Tuesday the 20th
The 3rd Wednesday of September 2019 is September 18thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 17th
The 3rd Wednesday of October 2019 is October 16thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 15th
The 3rd Wednesday of November 2019 is November 20thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 19th
The 3rd Wednesday of December 2019 is December 18thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 17th
The 3rd Wednesday of January 2020 is January 15thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 14th
The 3rd Wednesday of February 2020 is February 19thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 18th
The 3rd Wednesday of March 2020 is March 18thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 17th
The 3rd Wednesday of April 2020 is April 15thafter 6pm on Tuesday the 14th

Donations


What should I do with...?

This info is based on what we have experienced as tenants and Resident Managers. If you want the official latest answer on anything, contact the Borough of Caldwell (973-226-6100) and they will find out for you. Make sure you specify that you live in an apartment building, not a house.


Garbage bags Make sure you tie them closed, then place in one of the gray carts in the large shed. If you have a large number of bags, like when doing a Spring cleaning or when moving in or out, place the bags directly at the curb on Monday or Thursday any time after 6pm. See Garbage above.
Loose garbageGarbage in your apartment
Egg cartons - the styrofoam kindGarbage in your apartment
Egg cartons - the paper-based kindPaper recycling container? garbage? (...not the cardboard shed)
Non-plastic milk & OJ containersGarbage in your apartment
Bottles, cans, plastic containers Rinse out then put in one of the blue recycling cans in the corner of the parking lot (next to the sheds) - see Recycling above. If you bring it out in a bag, dump out the bag, throw the bag away (or re-use it again).
Flat corrugated cardboardAt home, remove (put in your garbage) everything from it that is not corrugated cardboard
Place flat in our small cardboard shed - see Recycling above
Flattened boxes in other boxes Un-do the pile, break down and flatten out each box separately
Magazines/newspaperOur tall paper recycling container - see Recycling above
Plastic bags:
Air pillows, food storage bags, retail bags, produce bags, newspaper bags, case wrap, napkin, PT, TP, or diaper wrap, bread bags, dry cleaning bags
Drop off at ShopRite, Target, Kohl's, Whole Foods Market
A small lampPlace in one of the gray carts in the large shed
A large lampCaldwell Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
RugsIf small, roll it up, tape with duct or electrical tape, and put in a gray cart in the large shed. Cut it up in to smaller rolls if too long. Otherwise: Caldwell Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
FurnitureCaldwell Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
Mattress/box springCaldwell Bulk Collection Day - see Bulk items above
Christmas tree (real) Ask the Resident Managers for large garbage bags to put over each end (to contain the needles), place the tree (without the bags) directly at the curb, where the gravel is. This can be done for a few weeks after Christmas.
Electronics:
Computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, telephone equipment, speakers, TVs, VCRs, DVD/Blu-ray, stereos, toasters, irons, old cell phones, ...
Donate, trade/sell it, or bring to Essex County Computer & Electronics Recycling Day in May and October
* As of January 2011, it is no longer legal to put these items in the garbage in NJ
Pesticide, herbicide, paint thinner/solvent, oil based paint (not latex), spray paint, some batteries, some automotive fluids, paint thinners & solvents, ...Bring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
In May and October
Paint - latex Take the lid off, let it dry out completely (for days), then put the paint can in one of the gray carts in the large shed. If you can't wait for it to dry, look for paint hardener at Home Depot or Ace Hardware (or Amazon).
Paint - oilBring to Essex County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in May and October
Tires Call Caldwell Borough Hall 973-226-6100
Pay for recycling stickers, Public Works will pick it up
Essex County Used Tire Recycling Day
October 27, 2018 PDF flyer here
Appliances with refrigerant (A/C, refrigerator, etc.)Call Caldwell Borough Hall 973-226-6100
Pay for recycling stickers, Public Works will pick it up
Metal items - shelving, cabinets, desks, auto parts, etc.Call Caldwell Borough Hall 973-226-6100
Pay for recycling stickers, Public Works will pick it up
Broken glassCarefully place broken glass in a box or thick paper bag, tape or staple it closed, write BROKEN GLASS all over it, carefully place in one of the gray carts in the large shed
CFL light bulbsSee "What should I do with CFL (curly) bulbs" on our FAQ page
ClothingDonate it or put in a tied garbage bag, then put that bag in one of the gray carts in the large shed
Old beach chair Either in one of the gray carts in the large shed or place directly at the curb on Monday or Thursday any time after 6pm - see Garbage above
Anything elseAsk us

Other Options/Info


If you find any of the above information to be outdated or incorrect, let us know.