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Mulch and Wood Chips are now available

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Grass pickup

Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020 IWS will undertake the pick-up of yard waste every Monday, including holidays throughout the town.

Grass clippings must be placed curbside in a container (30 gal. size maximum) the night before. Grass clippings may not be placed in plastic bags, biodegradable are acceptable. You can pick up biodegradable bags at the DPW Building.

The removal of debris resulting from landscaping services shall be the responsibility of the landscaper and no such debris shall be placed at the curb for collection, swept or deposited into any public and/or private street and/or residence or left on any given property (Borough Ordinance No. 02:09).

Brush, Tree Limbs and Small Logs:

Brush pick-up will be weekly. Please place curbside with the cuttings all facing the same way. Do Not Block the Sidewalks! Keep brush separate from all other debris.

Brown recycled trash bags are available free from the DPW. Please contact them at 201-768-4152.

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Want to recycle your old vehicle, please consider Wheels for Wishes: (http://newjersey.wheelsforwishes.org/) on your web page? We would love to be a free resource for people in the Borough of Norwood when they have an old, broken down car to recycle.

You can see where Make-A-Wish mentions us on their website athttp://nj.wish.org/ways-to-help/products-and-promotions/wheels-for-wishes.


Plastic Recycling Chart

Many plastic containers manufactured today are stamped with symbols as an aid to recycling. These stamps identify the type of resin or resin mix in the plastic container. Only two types, PET and HDPE, are commonly collected for recycling.


Polyethylene Terephthalate. Includes beverage bottles (like 2-liter pop bottles), frozen food boil-in-the-bag pouches and microwave food trays. PET makes up about 7% of the plastics stream.


High Density Polyethylene. Includes milk jugs, trash bags, detergent bottles, bleach bottles and aspirin bottles. HDPE makes up about 31% of plastics stream.

Plastic Containers (water, milk, soap, juice, etc.)
Most plastic containers you purchase will be marked with a large and clear recycling code. Look for the code to be molded into the bottom of the container. Ideally, the entire container will be made of the same plastic to avoid confusion. Most container caps are NOT made of the same type of plastic and should be removed before the container is recycled.plastic soda bottles

All glass food and beverage containers can be recycled, but it is important not to mix glass bottles with other types of glass such as windows, mirrors, glass tableware, Pyrex® or auto glass. Ceramics will contaminate glass and need to be carefully sorted out.

It is not necessary to remove labels for recycling. Just rinse glass containers thoroughly to prevent odors. Unlike plastics, the high temperature of glass and metal processing easily removes contamination. Most of the glass recovered in the U.S. is used in new glass containers. A portion is also used in fiberglass.


Recycling a glass jar saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.

It is not necessary to remove labels for recycling. Just rinse aluminum containers thoroughly to prevent odors.

In 1997, the aluminum industry recycled 3.7 million metric tons of aluminum and 1.5 million metric tons of old scrap that resulted from consumer products.

Because the value of aluminum is so high, aluminum recycling is a very cost-effective alternative to disposal.


99% of all beer cans and 97% of all soft drink cans are made of aluminum.


Most aluminum recovered is used to manufacture new cans.



The aluminum beverage can returns to the grocer's shelf in as little as 90 days after collection.



Recycling an aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours.

"Post-consumer" means the paper that is returned to recycling centers. From a recycling point of view, the more "post-consumer" paper used the better.

Use a recycling bin to separate paper from trash. Recycling plants operate most efficiently when paper is sorted and kept dry and uncontaminated.


 Americans buy over 85 million tons of paper per year-that's about 700 pounds per person.



 For every one million sheets of paper not printed, 85 pulp trees are saved.

White Office Paper
White office paper is recyclable and can be placed at curbside. It is one of the highest grades of paper available. Included in this category is letterhead, laser printer paper, copier paper, and white notebook paper, among others.

Staples do not need to be removed as they are removed during the recycling process. White office paper may be downgraded and recycled with mixed paper.

Newspapers are recyclable and can be placed at curbside. Tie newspapers with natural-fiber twine or place them in brown grocery sacks. Other brown paper bags may be mixed with newspaper.
The entire newspaper (including inserts) is recyclable except for items such as product samples and rubber bands.

Newspaper has been recycled profitably for decades. Newspaper is widely available and of uniform consistency which makes it valuable. Recycled newspaper can be used for making newsprint and corrugated or folding boxes.

If all morning newspapers read in the United States were recycled, 41,000 trees would be saved daily and 6 million tons of waste would never end up in landfills.

Magazines are recyclable and can be placed at curbside. There are many other ways to recycle a magazine. Use colorful pages for decorative wrap, origami, book covers, etc., or donate to your physician's or dentist's waiting room.

Phone books
Phone books can be recycled at curbside. Simply place them in the recycling container on the day of collection.

Corrugated Cardboard
Corrugated cardboard is recyclable and can be placed at curbside. Residents may also drop boxes off for collection at a supermarket or other high-volume business.

Contaminated cardboard, like greasy pizza boxes, is not acceptable at recycling centers. Staples are allowed, but it is important to remove any packing tape still attached.

Junk Mail
Many types of junk mail are recyclable at curbside. Just be sure to screen it for non-recyclable items like magnets and membership cards. To reduce the amount of junk mail you receive, visit our Junk Mail webpage.

Mixed-paper is recyclable and can be placed at curbside. The term mixed-paper refers to types of paper not previously mentioned. Everything you can imagine, including door hangers, packaging materials, sticky notes, windowed envelopes, and more is acceptable at recycling plants. The paper must be clean, dry, and free of food, most plastic, wax, and other contamination.

Most junk mail can be recycled as mixed-paper as well when you remove plastic wrap, stickers, product samples, and membership cards.

Non-recyclable Paper
Paper that cannot be recycled as "mixed paper" includes food-contaminated paper, waxed paper, oil-soaked paper, carbon paper, sanitary products or tissues, thermal fax paper, stickers and plastic-laminated paper such as fast food wrappers, aseptics, and pet food bags. Paper with any sort of contamination or plastic lamination cannot be recycled.

Please do not use plastic bags for recycling

We can’t stress this enough. They do more harm than good. When recycling your household newspaper place either into paper grocery bag or bundle up with twine.

If you search you can find plastic grocery bag holders that can store your bags until you able to return them to the grocery market or you can check out this link for the many other uses of plastic bags.

25 Brilliant Uses for Plastic Grocery Bags

White goods
Please make sure to call the borough administrator before Friday to schedule pickup for all white goods.
White goods are defined as water heaters, refrigerators, air conditioners, stoves, dishwashers and any other appliances that are primarily metal are considered to be white goods, these will be picked up on Fridays. Call for an appointment- 201-767-7200

Propane tanks
Many local propane filling stations and retailers, including home improvement centers, will accept your old propane tanks for recycling (possibly for a nominal fee) or trade-in for a new tank. Contact local filling stations or retailers to see if they participate in this program

Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
Easy Things You Can Do Every Day to Protect Our Water
A Guide to Healthy Habits for Cleaner Water

Pollution on streets, parking lots and lawns is washed by rain into storm drains, then directly to our drinking water supplies and the ocean and lakes our children play in. Fertilizer, oil, pesticides, detergents, pet waste, grass clippings: You name it and it ends up in our water.

Stormwater pollution is one of New Jersey’s greatest threats to clean and plentiful water, and that’s why we’re all doing something about it.

By sharing the responsibility and making small, easy changes in our daily lives, we can keep common pollutants out of stormwater. It all adds up to cleaner water, and it saves the high cost of cleaning up once it’s dirty.

As part of New Jersey’s initiative to keep our water clean and plentiful and to meet federal requirements, many municipalities an other public agencies including colleges and military bases must adopt ordinances or other rules prohibiting various activities that contribute to stormwater pollution. Breaking these rules can result in fines or other penalties.

As a resident, business, or other member of the New Jersey community, it is important to know these easy things you can do every day to protect our water.

Limit your use of fertilizers and pesticides

  • Do a soil test to see if you need fertilizer.
  • Do not apply fertilizers if heavy rain is predicted.
  • Look into alternatives for pesticides.
  • Maintain a small lawn and keep the rest of your property or yard in a natural state with trees and other native vegetation that requires little or no fertilizer.
  • If you use fertilizers and pesticides, follow the instructions on the label on how to correctly apply it.

Make sure you properly store or discard any unused portions.

Properly use and dispose of hazardous products

  • Hazardous products include some household or commercial cleaning products, lawn and garden care products, motor oil, antifreeze and paints
  • Do not pour any hazardous products down a storm drain because storm drains are usually connected to local waterbodies and the water is not treated.
  • If you have hazardous products in your home or workplace, make sure you store or dispose of them properly. Read the label for guidance.
  • Use natural or less toxic alternatives when possible.
  • Recycle used motor oil.
  • Contact your municipality, county or facility management office for the locations of hazardous-waste disposal facilities.

Municipalities and many other public agencies are required to mark certain storm drain inlets with messages reminding people that storm drains are connected to local waterbodies.

Do not let sewage or other wastes flow into a stormwater system.

Many municipalities and public agencies must enact and enforce local pet-waste rules.
An example is requiring pet owners or their keepers to pick up and properly dispose of pet waste dropped on public or other people’s property.
Make sure you know your town’s or agency’s requirements and comply with them. It’s the law. And remember to:

  • Use newspaper, bags or pooper- scoopers to pick up wastes
  • Dispose of the wrapped pet waste in the trash or unwrapped in a toilet.
  • Never discard pet waste in a storm drain.
  • Do not feel wildlife, such as ducks and geese, in public areas.
  • Many municipalities and other public agencies must enact and enforce a rule that prohibits wildlife feeding in these areas.
  • Place litter in trash receptacles.
  • Recycle. Recycle. Recycle.
  • Participate in community cleanups.
  • Keep leaves and grass out of storm drains.
  • If your municipality or agency has yard waste collection rules, follow them.
  • Use leaves and grass clippings as a resource for compost.
  • Use a mulching mower that recycles grass clippings into the lawn.
Contact Information

For more information on stormwater related topics, visit www.njstormwater.org or www.nonpointsource.org

Additional information is also available at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web sites: www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater or www.epa.gov/nps

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water Quality
Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control
Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program

Important Information Regarding Garbage Removal:
Construction Material pick-up is not included in the Borough’s contract with Miele Sanitation. You must arrange for removal of your debris by calling Miele Sanitation directly at 201-768-5407. Construction Material Includes: Wood lathe, plaster, windows, shingles, sheetrock, 2 x 4’s, bricks, blocks, vinyl siding, wooden fences and concrete.

The following items must be recycled: Tires, auto parts including batteries, paint cans, except dried out empty cans may be included with the household garbage, propane tanks and soil.

Garbage cans are to be put curbside no earlier than 6 PM the night before the scheduled pick-up day. Friday you may include bulk items (limit 5 large items). You must arrange for a dumpster if you are removing the contents of a home. No item or can over 50 pounds.