Chester NJ 1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-5100
Fax: (908) 879-8281

Trash & Recycling

Blue Diamond Disposal, Inc. will provide both trash and recycling services to Chester Township for five years commencing January 1, 2013 until December 31, 2017. The price of trash stickers will be $16.00 per sheet.

Stickered trash & bulky items will be collected every Wednesday. Recycling will be collected every Friday. If a collection day falls on a holiday, please contact town hall, 908-879-5100 x812 or for collection date(s).

Trash stickers will be sold at the Municipal Building during normal business hours 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Chester Camera (located in the Shop Rite Mall), and Chester Antique Mall (located on Route 24). For purchase by mail, the address is P.O. Box 267, Succasunna, NJ 07876. Payment is with cash or check only.

Curbside recycling is “Single-Stream Recycling”. This means more items can be recycled instead of throwing into the garbage. See below for new guidelines.

For vegetative waste recycling (leaves, etc.) contact a landscaper to have removed or contact Nature's Choice, 1405 Route 46, Ledgewood 973-584-5595. Residents may bring their vegetative waste to this facility but please call prior to going.

There is a DARE drop off box which is located on the side of the Township Municipal Building, 1 Parker Road, for the collection of used clothing. The clothes are collected for the homeless and this program is supported by the DARE program.

There is now a book drop off box located outside Town Hall, 1 Parker Road, next to the Dare Clothing Bins. New Legacy Books located in Hackettstown, NJ is a for-profit company, which works with charitable organizations in our communities.

The Township collects appliances containing freon. Curbside collection takes place twice a year. The fee is $25.00 per unit. Please contact Mary Edwards 908-879-5100 x812.

New Residential Recycling Guidelines:

What can be recycled? Paperboard boxes such as cereal, pasta, tissue, milk & juice cartons, juice boxes, frozen food boxes; corrugated cardboard (flattened) & paper bags; plastic food & beverage containers, plastic cups, plastic jugs; any plastic item containing the recycling symbol #1, #2, #4, #5 & #7; glass bottles & jars; metal cans & clean aluminum foil, pie plates & trays; loose metal jar lids & steel bottle caps; cardboard beverage carriers; file folders & office paper; junk mail, catalogs & magazines, phone books, paper towel rolls & paperback books. Place all these items into ONE container. DO NOT place anything in plastic bags. Collection size container cannot be larger than 32 gallons and use more than one container if necessary. Shredded paper must be placed in clear plastic bags and tied. Do not place loose shredded paper in with single stream items.

Please flatten all cardboard boxes; empty and rinse all containers; collection size is limited to 32 gallons and use more than one container if necessary. Pizza boxes are acceptable provided they are clean and free from grease; the wax paper from the pizza box is not recyclable and should be thrown in the garbage. Bottle caps may be recycled provided they are placed back on the container; do not recycle loose bottle caps. Hard covered books may be recycled provided the cover is removed.

Items not acceptable are no scrap metal; no VHS/VCR tapes; no plastic bags; no needles or syringes; no window panes, mirrors, ceramics & Pyrex dishware; no stickers or address label sheets; no electronic waste; no paint, pesticides, oil & cleaners; no motor oil or antifreeze containers; no organic material and food waste; no waxed paper or waxed cardboard; no Styrofoam or paper to-go containers.

Trash Guidelines:

As in the past, household bulky waste items such as bedding, furniture, carpeting, etc, can continue to be placed curbside without stickers. Construction and demolition material such as lumber, doors, windows, etc. must be stickered accordingly. Excluded from pickup are auto parts, tires, hazardous materials, yard waste and items weighing over 200 pounds.

Latex paint can be disposed of as trash if dry. To dry small amounts, remove lid and let the paint dry in the can. For larger amounts, mix in kitty litter or newspaper, or pour one- inch layers of paint in a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag. Stir the paint occasionally to speed drying. Put completely dried paint in the trash. Please do not put cans with wet paint in the trash as paint may spill out on to roadways or lawns. Oil based paints are considered hazardous material and must be disposed of through the Morris County Hazardous Waste Facility. Call 973-829-8006 for additional information (or visit the web site at

Some Important Information on Trash & Recycling

  • Purchase only a 32-gallon trashcan, which is the standard industry size. Do not use anything larger than this.
  • Have all trash and/or recycling out by 6:00 am the morning of pickup. Anything placed out later may NOT get picked up.
  • Do NOT place trash stickers on trash can lids or handles.
  • Any questions, call Blue Diamond at 973-598-9800.

For questions or to report a missed pickup, please contact Blue Diamond directly at (973) 598-9800.



Electronic Waste Management Act begins January 1, 2011

Beginning January 1, 2011 the Electronic Waste Management Act goes into effect. TVs, computers & monitors are NO LONGER ALLOWED to be thrown in the trash, they must be disposed of properly. Manufacturers of these devices will be fundiing the collection of e-waste so that it is free for consumers. The Township holds an Electronic Waste Disposal Event in the spring and fall. Please contact Sarah Jane Noll at 908-879-5100 x823 or by email for more information and dates.

MUA Calendar Hazardous Waste & Computer/TV Disposal Dates

Household Hazardous Waste & Computer/TV Disposal Dates

Recycle your Books

There is now a book drop off box located outside Town Hall, 1 Parker Road, next to the Dare Clothing Bins. New Legacy Books located in Hackettstown, NJ is a for-profit company, which works with charitable organizations in our communities. They are able to redistribute books to organizations promoting literacy and raise funds for needy charities. All books will be used in some way. Books will either be donated to charitable organizations or resold to individuals that can give the books a new home. If the books have seen better days and are deemed no longer usable, they will be recycled properly rather than ending up in a landfill. Their website is

Recycling Guidelines in Chester

Chester Township has switched to a single-stream recycling collection process. Now, more items can be recycled. Sorting is done by automation at the recycling center, so you can put items all together in your recycling bin at the curb. Click on the above link to download a printable recycling brochure. Here is a sample of what can be recycled (more info in the brochure):
paperboard boxes such as cereal, pasta
paperboard milk & juice cartons
juice boxes
frozen food boxes
corrugated cardboard (flattened)
pizza boxes without food stains
plastic food & beverage containers, plastic cups, plastic jugs
any plastic item containing the recycling symbol #1, #2, #4, #5 & #7
glass bottles & jars
metal cans
clean aluminum foil, pie plates & trays
loose metal jar lids & steel bottle caps
cardboard beverage carriers
file folders & office paper
junk mail, catalogs, magazines, newspapers
shredded paper, paper bags
cardboard paper towel tubes, cardboard toilet tissue tubes
paperback books; phone books
hardcover books with the hard cover removed

Refrigerator, Freezer, Dehumidifier and Air Conditioner Disposal

Chester Township collects appliances containing freon. Curbside collection takes place approximately twice a year, in the fall and spring. The fee for collection and freon removal is $25.00 per unit. Please contact Mary Edwards at 908-879-5100 x812 or by email for more information and dates.


Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a discount building supply outlet where shoppers will find new and gently-used items from windows, doors, appliances and lumber to kitchens and home furnishings. The ReStore is open to the public and is your source for everything you need to renovate, beautify and improve your home or office. Save landfill space by giving your items a new purpose at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They accept: furniture, lumber, kitchen & bath cabinets, appliances, decorative hardware, doors, windows, lighting, paint & plumbing products. We depend on volunteers to staff and assist in the ReStore. There are positions for any skill level. For more information visit their website:

Home Medical Waste Disposal

Some hazards of improperly disposing of home medical waste may infect other people who come in contact with trash, unwanted or expired medicines could be harmful to children and adults and if found in the trash may be stolen for unregulated use. Antibiotics poured down the drain can kill beneficial microbes and bacteria in spectic systems. Click on "Home Medical Waste Disposal" (in blue) for more information on where to properly dispose of.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal and/or recycling is easy and convenient. This facility is located on Gold Mine Road (off Route 206) in Mount Olive and is open on selected Tuesday (9:00-12:00), Friday (9:00-12:00) and Saturday (8:00-11:00) mornings. Please do not show up to the HHW Facility without first calling 973-829-8006 and making and appointment. Using the facility is available to Morris County residents and is also free of charge for most items. For more information about the materials accepted and not accepted please click on "Household Hazardous Waste Facility" (in blue). If you are not sure about a specific material and how to get rid of it please call 973-829-8006 for proper instructions. Some acceptable items are pesticides, oil-based paints, stains, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, pool chemicals, darkroom chemicals, computers and monitors, TV's. Some unacceptable materials are latex paint, empty containers, tires, construction waste, medical waste and explosives.

MCMUA Database of Facilities that Accept Electronics (Computers, TV's) in Morris County

Best Buy stores accept nearly everything electronic for free and Staples stores accept all but TV's. Residents may also make an appointment to drop off electronics at the MCMUA facility located on Gold Mine Road, off Route 206 by calling 973-829-8006.

Recycling Batteries

Figuring out how to dispose of batteries can be easy. Throw alkaline AA, C, D (non-hazardous and use-once) dry-cell batteries into the trash; recycle rechargeable batteries using drop-off boxes (located at Lowes, Home Depot); and take all other types of batteries to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Gold Mine Road (off Route 206) in Mount Olive. Residents may bring lithium or round (button) batteries to the Municipal Building located at 1 Parker Road for recycling.