Roxbury township (blue)

 Exciting news! 

Roxbury Recycling is collaborating with the Roxbury School District 

in the NexTrex Recycling Challenge.    

Although there has been a reduction in the use of plastic bags since the adoption of the plastic bag ban in May 2022, plastic bags and film packaging continue to provide important durable and lightweight protection for food and other goods in transit. 

These materials, however, SHOULD NOT be recycled through our curbside collection.  

If your child attends one of our schools, there are drop-off bins in each building; otherwise, there is a bin at the Recycling Center.  gaels going green


Collection Information
Blue Diamond Disposal is the trash collector for Roxbury Township. They collect trash, recycling, grass, brush and leaf material for the Township. All items must be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. to ensure prompt service then removed from the curb by 5:00 p.m on the same day of service.  

Don't know which day your street is scheduled for pick up? No problem.  Click here to find out your Route number and trash day. Once you find your route, refer to the town calendar to see which item is scheduled for pick up or Free App download, Recycle Coach-quick and easy with all the information you need at your fingertips.

You are responsible for purchasing your own containers for trash and recycling. Containers should be no more than 32 gallon in size.  All containers must be labeled properly for collection.  Free decals available at Town Hall or DPW Office.  

We will be working hard this year to help educate our residents on proper recycling and improve our landfill diversion rate.  Curbside inspections will be taking place throughout the year.  If your material has been tagged, please contact the Recycling Office at 973-448-2053.

  • Limit of five containers/bags per collection.
  • Trash containers are limited to 32 gallon in size, 50 pounds or less.
  • All grass, brush, and leaves will be collected weekly, on your regular trash day, in either paper bags or containers (labeled as vegetative waste).  Brush must tied in bundles and collected beginning the last week of March and ending the third week of December.
  • Free Bulky Service - One bulky item will be taken in lieu of two cans of trash. Bulky items consist of furniture and other non-metal household items. This does not include any type of construction debris. Construction debris can be disposed of through a private hauler or through the Morris County Transfer Station who can be reached at 973-347-8106.
  • Metal pickups are made by appointment only by calling (973) 448-2053 (please see below)

Holiday schedule:


  • January 2, 2023 New Year's Day (observed) - No Collection.  Routes 1 & 2 Trash Only will be picked up on Tuesday, January 3, 2023
  • May 29, 2023 Memorial Day - No Collection.  Route 1 & 2 Trash Only will be picked up on Tuesday, May 30, 2023
  • July 4, 2023 Independence Day - No Collection.  Route 2 & 3 Trash Only will be picked up on Wednesday, July 5, 2023
  • September 4, 2023 Labor Day - No Collection. Route 1 & 2 Trash Only will be picked up on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
  • November 23, 2023 Thanksgiving Day - No Collection.  Route 4 & 5 will be picked up on Friday, November 24, 2023
  • December 25, 2023 Christmas Day - No Collection.  Route 1 & 2 will be picked up on Tuesday, December 26, 2023.

Calendars have been distributed by our local mail carriers as of December 5, 2022.  Calendar is also available at Town Planner

Dual stream curbside collection (bottles/cans/plastics are collected separately from paper/cardboard).

Recyclable items placed in plastic bags will not be collected. 

Cardboard/paper products:  

Flatten all boxes. Stack them into one re-useable container or into another cardboard box.  Only recycle parts of the pizza box that is not soiled.  The rest is trash.  Below is a list of some recyclable paper products.  Material should be placed curbside in a container that is clearly marked.  No recyclable item is acceptable in plastic bags except for shredded paper.  

  • Cartons  (i.e milk, soup stock boxes, ice cream containers & juice boxes (not pouches) *Rinsed & dried
  • Cereal/cracker boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • *Frozen food boxes
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper towel/toilet tissue tubes
  • Stationary/photocopies/manila folders/computer paper
  • Gift wrap
  • Soft cover books

*Plastic or wax coated paperboard is prohibited.

Please keep shredded paper to a minimum.  The material jams the recycling facility's equipment.  Only shred what is necessary.  Place all other paperwork in the recycling bin with your cardboard/paper products.  

Please note we will have two paper shredding events this year (May 13, 2023 and September 9, 2023).  Please check our Clean Communities page for more information.   

Comingle Containers (bottles, cans, plastics) products:

 Comingle items placed in plastic bags will not be collected!

Comingle items consist of the following and are to be placed curbside in a container that is clearly marked.   

No plastic cups, plastic bags or plastic clam shell food containers should be placed in with comingle collection. 

  • Aluminum and metal cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, tubs & other containers coded #1,2, & 5 includes small rigid plastics that can fit into a garbage can.  Empty and rinsed free of food/liquid. Empty prescription bottles into the trash.

RIGID PLASTICS such as outdoor furniture, plastic storage containers, flower pots, and trays etc. are not recyclable.  These items should be disposed of in your regular trash.  

Remember:  the number within the little arrow refers to the kind of plastic from which an object is made, not whether it is recyclable or not.  To verify that the plastic product can be recycled in our program, check this site frequently.   

If you have any questions, please call the Recycling Office at 973-448-2053. 

The following items are not recycled and should be disposed of in your regular trash:
Glassware -glass, plate glass, glassware mirrors, windows, ceramics (plates, cups, etc.), porcelains, Pyrex cookware
Incandescent light bulbs
Plastic flower/plant pots & trays
Plastic or metal containers that held hazardous substances such as motor oil, paint thinner, pool chemicals, etc. 
Plastic tubs, tubes 
Paper or plastic cups, lids & straws, plastic utensils
Plastic bags/wraps/packaging* 
Soiled pizza boxes (with grease stains or food residue, or waxed paper liners)
Styrofoam food containers & packaging materials
Trash bags
 Waxed paper
*some local stores accept plastic bags & wrapping for recycling, i.e. Home Depot, Lowes, Shop Rite, Target and Walmart.  Click Plastic recycling for a complete list of accepted material and retailers.

Comingle and Cardboard/Paper Collection Dates - 2023

Comingle ContainersPaper Products
Week of Week of
January 2, 16, 30January 9, 23
February 13, 27February 6, 20
March 13, 27March 6, 20
April 10, 24April 3, 17
May 8, 22May 1, 15, 29
June 5, 19June 12, 26
July 3, 17, 31July 10, 24
August 14, 28August 7, 21
September 11, 25September 4, 18
October 9, 23October 2, 16, 30
November 6, 20November 13, 27
December 4, 18December 11, 25

Recyclables are collected on the same day as your trash. Please note that certain holidays may affect the collection of your recyclables. If you have a question regarding a holiday collection see the schedule above or call the Recycling office at 973-448-2053.

CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION -  Weeks of January 2 and January 9.

Yard Waste Brush, Grass & Leaf Collection
Grass and leaves are collected curbside only in brown paper yard bags or clearly marked containers. A limit of 50 bags of leaves will be collected weekly during regularly scheduled collection times (beginning the week of March 27, 2023 until the week of December 11, 2023).

Compost material in plastic bags will not be collected.

Brush/branches must be tied in bundles & less than 3 inches in diameter. Yard waste is collected on the same day as trash/recycling. Grass, brush and leaves cannot be mixed together.

*Grass, leaves and brush are also accept at our Recycling Center.  Click here for more information about our Recycling Center.

Bulky Metal Collection
Picked up on Wednesdays on a call-in basis only.  Lawn mowers, washing machines, dryers, lawn equipment & hand tools, outdoor grills (no tanks) will be picked up by our hauler but the resident must call (973) 448-2069 to get on the pick up list. Metal items with Freon/CFC's in them (refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers) will also be picked up provided the Freon has been removed by a certified professional and labeled.   

Smaller metal items should be brought to the Recycling Center on the weekends (small appliances such as microwaves, toasters, handheld mixers, pots & pans etc.)

Metal items are accepted at the Recycling Center each weekend-Saturday/Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Please call 973-448-2053, if you are not sure if an item can be collected with metal.  

E-Waste Collection

Recycling of the following electronic equipment is mandated and will not be collected curbside.  TV's, desktop computers, monitors, laptops, printers and fax machines.  E-Waste can only be brought to the Recycling Center on Saturday & Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

REMEMBER just because something isn't accepted curbside or at the recycling center (i.e. stereos, VCR's), it doesn't mean they aren't other places to recycle it.  Please consider other ways to donate so the material to keep the material out of the landfill.

Freon Removal 

Freon must be removed from items, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc. before collection will occur. All items must have a sticker provided by an authorized company in order to be collected curbside or placed in the metal dumpster at the recycling center.

Fire Works
Do not place any fireworks, their packaging or their spent parts in the recycling bin. All used fire work materials must be placed in the garbage for disposal. Additionally, under no circumstances are unused fire works to be disposed of in garbage or recycling. Please call 973-829-8006 if you have unused fire works which need to be disposed of to obtain disposal information.

Clam Shell Containers (or other TO GO containers)
Can not be recycled. The containers are different from plastic bottles because the two use different formulations of plastic that melt at different temperatures, making it hard for manufacturer to reuse this material. They are also likely to be contaminated with food waste.

Single-Use Coffee Cups
Most single-use cups are lined with a fine film of polyethylene, which protects the cups from the liquid inside. It is difficult and expensive to reprocess (because the materials must be separated). Styrofoam coffee cups or coffee pods (i.e.Keurig kcups) are not accepted either.

Photo Paper/Photos
Most print-at-home photo paper has a coating of plastic that makes it different than regular paper.
For actual photos: photography processing is a chemically-intensive operation that involves a whole host of ingredients, from acetic acid to gelatin. Some of these photographic chemicals remain in the paper of the resulting photographs-posing challenges to recyclers.

Did you know?

Water softeners- can be taken with your curbside collection as a bulk item. The softener must weigh no more than 50 lbs. and must be empty (without salt or water). To avoid leaks or spills, salt should be put in a bag or container that is well sealed and thrown into the trash.

Hot water heaters- A lightweight recyclable metal item, hot water heaters can be dropped off at our recycling center on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 4, or they can be picked up on Wednesdays only with an appointment by contacting 973-448-2053.

Christmas trees -all trim, tinsel, stands, & plastic bags must be removed prior to pick up, are removed otherwise they will not be collected.

Bubble wrap and clean, dry polystyrene (Styrofoam) packing peanuts can be taken to Mail Boxes Etc., the UPS Store or similar retailers for reuse. To find the closest store, please call the Plastic Loosefill Council's "Peanut" Hotline at 1-800-828-2214.

Unwanted strings of Christmas lights can be recycled (placed in our metal bin).  Please bring them to our Recycling Center for collection (please see our Recycling Center page for hours and address).


Should you have questions regarding our Recycling program, please contact our Recycling Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes at 973-448-2053 or email


Atlantic Coast Fibers (Class A Recycling facility) located in Passaic, NJ sadly burned to the ground last weekend.  The fire chief indicated that they  believe the fire started in a bale as a result of a lithium battery.

This not the first fire ignited by batteries at recycling facilities.  Batteries are a major problem for  recycling facilities.  Yes, we have other problems at recycling facilities. Plastic bags are recyclable, but not in the curbside collection system.  Are lithium batteries recyclable, yes - but not in the curbside collection. The big difference is – while plastic bags can jam equipment, a lithium battery can burn down an entire facility.   Lithium batteries are everywhere and many have the chasing arrows recycling symbol on them and may be persuading residents to toss them in the recycling bin.  Did you know that those musical greeting cards you might buy  at the store contain a lithium battery?  No type of battery should be placed in the recycling bin.

Click proper battery disposal to direct you to the MCMUA website for additional information on how to properly and safely dispose of batteries.

Batteries are accepted at our Recycling Center, but because they must be handled carefully to avoid the possibility of starting a fire, we advise residents to make an appointment at the Mt. Olive facility for Household Hazardous Waste.  Go to the Morris County Municipal Utility Authority HHW appointment to make an appointment for proper disposal.  

Remember-just because something isn’t accepted curbside or at the recycling center (i.e.stereos, VCR’s), it doesn’t mean there aren’t other places to recycle it.  Please see the suggestions below to help keep the material out of the landfill.

Keep plastic shopping bags out of the waste stream (bread bags, cleaning bags, dry cleaning bags, etc) are collected at our local Kohls & Home Depot and recycled.   

To learn what other plastic materials can be dropped off at one of these merchants and their locations, see Trex Recycling or Bag and Film Recycling

Tomco Products (973) 361-1589 will accept clean wood, concrete, brick, block, stone, rocks, and clean pallets.  

Green Vision, Randolph (973) 998-7955 will take many unusual items such as DVD’s, VCR tapes, (non-acceptable E-Waste).

North East Products (973-584-5595 will take brush/tree parts, leaves, stumps, wood scraps (clean non-treated wood).

Please DO NOT throw away your torn American Flags.  Your flags can be placed in one of our many collection boxes around town, and they will be duly decommissioned. The recycling center, town hall, senior center, and library all have the boxes.