Garbage & Recycling Information


  • What to Recycle: 
    • Glass bottles and jars for food and beverage
    • Plastic containers #1-#2 that have a 'pourable' neck that is smaller than the body 
    • Metal Cans: Aluminum cans, Tin cans and Bi-Metal cans (tin cans with aluminum lids), non-hazardous, empty aerosol cans
    • Newspaper, office paper, mixed paper, phone books, magazines, wrapping paper, paper bags
    • Flattened cardboard boxes, cardboard, boxboard, corrugated cardboard, paper cartons (cereal boxes, tissue boxes, etc)
    • Milk cartons, juice cartons and juice boxes

  • What Not to Recycle:
    • Broken glass
    • Ceramics
    • Plastic bags or plastic wrap
    • Styrofoam
    • Paint cans
    • Coat hangers
    • Tissues, paper towels, paper plates, or other paper that's been in contact with food or beverages
    • Pizza boxes, boxes with food residue, wax and foil box liners
    • Carton straws 

  • Dos and Don'ts:
    • Bring all electronics (televisions, monitors, printers, stereos, VCRS and DVD players, cell phones, etc) to the Drop-Off Center at 818 Lake Ave (Mon-Fri 4pm to 8pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 2pm)
    • Empty and rinse bottles, jars, cans, cartons, and containers. Remove lids and caps. 
    • Do not place recyclables in plastic bags, do not recycle plastic bags of any kind
    • Maximum container weight is 60 lbs.


  • Bulk waste must be placed curbside on your second garbage day of the week according to your Zone. (A maximum of three (3) items will be collected with each pick-up.)
  • Bulk waste includes couches, wooden bedframes, wooden bookcases, large chairs, rugs, carpeting, padding, mirrors, dressers, mattress or box spring wrapped in plastic. 


  • Resident must contact DPW at 732-775-0900 to schedule pick-up of white goods. (A maximum of five (5) items will be collected with each pick-up.)
  • White goods include refrigerators, stoves, freezers, air conditioners, BBQ grills, metal tables, and all metal items. 

LEAF COLLECTION: October 15th thru December 31st

  • Between October 15th and December 31st DPW will collect leaves weekly.
  • Place leaves in either biodegradable leaf bags or loose in piles at curbside.
  • Do not place leaf piles within 10 feet of storm inlets.
  • Clean leaf piles only - do not include branches, grass clippings, dirt, or brush in leaf piles. If leaf piles are dirty, they will not be picked up.


  • Yard waste includes brush, shrubs, vines, hedges, and old flowers/plants. Grass, leaves, and dirt are not to be included.
  • Put yard waste in bags and place curbside for pick up on your scheduled garbage day.  
  • Branches can be placed curbside for pick up on your scheduled garbage day. Branches must be tied in bundles no heavier than sixty (60) pounds and no longer than four (4) feet.
  • The City does not pick up tree stumps.
  • Cut grass and leave it on your lawn or use it for composting.
  • Grass clippings will not be picked up nor will they be accepted at our Drop-off Center.
  • Grass clippings are accepted (for a fee) at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center, Grass Drop-Off Site (6000 Asbury Ave., West of Shafto Rd. in Tinton Falls). Call  732-683-8686 for details.

TIRE DISPOSAL: Monmouth County Reclamation Center

  • Free tire disposal (18” or less with no rims) for Monmouth County residents only. Resident ID is required. Limit of 8 car tires. Drop off at Monmouth County Reclamation Center at 6000 Asbury Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ. Use Gate A.
  • For more information, call the Monmouth County Reclamation Center 732-683-8686, or visit


  • You may dispose of televisions and other electronics (monitors, printers, stereos, VCRS and DVD players, cell phones, etc) to our Drop-Off Center at 818 Lake Ave (Mon-Fri 4pm to 8pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 2pm). Please note that pick-up by DPW is not available for televisions.


  • Microwave trays, mirrors, window or auto glass, light bulbs, ceramics, porcelain, plastic bags, un-numbered plastic, pottery, coat hangers, glass cookware/bakeware, cooking pots, and toasters. any items soiled with food, pet or human waste.


  • Recycling containers can be set at the curbside no earlier than 5pm the day before collection and must be removed from the curbside by 6pm the day of collection. (Ordinance # 19-2.1)

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Contact the Department of Public Works with any questions at 732-775-0900.

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