Garbage Collection & Recycling Information

Garbage Collection

Suburban Disposal (Roselle) performs garbage collection in the Borough of Allendale under a contract with the municipality. Collection on the west side of Allendale takes place on Mondays. Collection on the east side of Allendale takes place on Tuesday. During the summer, there are two collections during the week; west side is Mondays and Thursdays; east side is Tuesdays and Fridays. The NJ Transit Railroad divides the borough in half. Containers should be placed at the curb after 6pm the day before collection. Side yard collection is available but requires the homeowner to set up the pick-up with a separate contractor for a fee, not the borough.

Bulk Trash:

Bulk trash collection on the east side of Allendale is on the first Wednesday of every month; collection on the west side of Allendale is on the second Wednesday of every month. Items should be placed at the curb after 6pm the day before collection. Accepted items include furniture, carpeting, non-metal items. Please note that bulk trash cannot be dropped off at the Recycling Center.

Move Outs:

Please call (201) 818-4410 two weeks prior to the moving date to plan for a special, one-time collection of items that you will not be taking with you. The collection day will be with your regular garbage/bulk collection. Some recycled items, such as paper, books, magazines, textiles (towels, sheets, etc.), will not be collected curbside but can be brought to the Recycling Center.

Please plan accordingly by checking collection dates for all recyclable items. The borough recommends donating furniture that moving residents will not be using in their new homes. Please click on the organization names for more information on their pick-up service: Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Helpful Resources:

Please click on the following links for further information:

Recycling Information

Protect our water and land from pollution, while gaining revenue for our borough. Allendale receives revenue on recycled items, which go to helping maintain our green community. Additionally, the borough saves money when reducing solid waste lineage. By sharing responsibility and making small changes in our daily routines, we can make a difference.

Helpful Resources:

Recycling Information

Paper, Cardboard, & Newspaper:

Allendale is going dual stream! Starting January 1, 2015 Allendale is improving its curbside recycling program by introducing a simple, efficient way to recycle cardboard and mixed paper. On your recycling Thursday, place your cardboard, junk mail, and newspaper in one container at your curb after 6:00 P.M. the night before.

Recyclable Materials:

The Department of Public Works encourages residents to bring any of these items to Allendale’s Recycling Center. At the Recycling Center, labeled bins make recycling quick and easy. Materials should be left loose, and put in the proper, provided container.

Items Accepted:

  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Cardboard boxes/press board
  • Cereal, pasta, tissue boxes, toilet paper roll, paper towel roll
  • Junk mail, envelopes, office paper, construction paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Magazines, catalogs, phone books, soft covered books
  • Shredded paper
  • Empty and unsoiled pizza boxes
  • Non-metallic wrapping paper and greeting cards

Items NOT Accepted:

  • Paper soiled with grease, paint, etc.
  • Wax-coated paper
  • Hard covered books (if the covers are removed, then acceptable to recycle)

Commingled Recycling:

Curbside commingled recycling takes place on every other Thursday. On your recycling, Thursday, place your commingled recycling at your curb by 6:00 P.M the night before. Commingled recycled items can be put together in containers, no larger than 30 gallons ONLY. No Plastic Bags. See link below for further information. Please rinse all items of debris before placing them out for collection; the town gets financially penalized when items are recycled with residue and caps left on. For a list of Collected Items, click here.

Scrap Metal:

The collection of scrap metal is on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the curb. Acceptable items must be at least 75% metal. Please make sure all items are visible at the curb. Items must be placed at the curb after 6:00 P.M. the night before on the day of collection.

Collected Items:

  • Bicycles
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Cookie sheets
  • Coat hangers
  • Cast-iron radiators
  • Refrigerators*
  • A/C units*

*By law, appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. containing Freon or CFC’s must be certified the Freon or CFC’s have been removed by a certified person or vendor and that a sticker (supplied by the removal company) is attached to the appliance. Appliances without a sticker will not be collected.


When collection falls on a borough holiday, collections for the week will be made the next day throughout the week—Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc. Holidays include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Inclement Weather:

Every attempt is made to collect during inclement weather. Although the weather may disrupt or delay collections, the contractor is required to collect garbage. Please remember that it is the responsibility of each property owner to make sure that the contractor has safe access to the collection point. All snow and ice must be removed or treated so they can collect it safely. Do not place items on top of snow banks.

Recycling Center:

Allendale’s Recycling Center is located at 300 West Crescent Avenue. Items that are accepted at the center are junk mail, magazines, office paper, cardboard, commingled recyclables, soft covered books, and used clothing/textiles. Please place items in the appropriate container for recycling.

Hours of Operation from April 10, 2021 to December 12, 2021 are:

  • Saturdays: 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Sundays: 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Items that Can be Dropped Off:

  • Commingled recyclables (loose, not in plastic bags)
  • Cardboard
  • Junk mail/magazines/newspapers (loose)
  • Soft-covered books
  • Office paper
  • Shredded paper (loose)

Items that Cannot be Dropped Off:

  • Household garbage
  • Bulky trash
  • Scrap metal
  • Tires
  • Hazardous waste
  • Electronics
  • Plastic bags/film/wrapping
  • Automobile batteries

Please place items in the appropriate container for recycling.

Compost Site:

All grass, leaves, and brush are accepted with a residential compost permit. This permit can be purchased at Borough Hall for $30. There is no curbside collection of grass and brush. Please note that landscapers and contractors are not allowed to use the compost site. Click here for more information about the compost site.

The hours of operation at the compost are Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., from April 10, 2021 to December 12, 2021.