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 (should be rolled-up and tied or taped), non-metal items. Please note that bulk trash cannot be dropped off at the Recycling Center.

Move Outs:

If you are moving, you must coordinate your complimentary one-time move-out pickup with the Borough Clerk’s office. The pickup is to be used as your last pickup of garbage and bulk items and should be scheduled accordingly. Due to scheduling availability, please reach out one month prior to your closing date. Please call (201) 818-4400 x 200 or email There is a five piece limit of furniture. Please be aware that items that are recyclable, metal, household hazardous waste, and electronics will not be collected. Please refer to the Borough’s Garbage & Recycling Guide for appropriate disposal of said items. Please note that no garbage can be left out at the curb after your move-out pickup and should not be left for the new homeowners.

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
  • Non-metallic wrapping paper

Items NOT Accepted:

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

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. 

What is commingle recycling?

  • Plastic narrow neck containers with a recycling code 1, 2, 5
  • Aluminum cans, foil, metal cans
  • Green, clear and brown glass bottles and jars
  • Aseptic packaging (ex: soup, milk containers)

Rinse and clean all food containers prior to disposal

Items not acceptable

  • Ceramic plates and cups
  • All Styrofoam
  • Window glass and table tops
  • Cookware - pots, pans, bowls, utensils
  • Plastic bags, plastic wrap & plastic film (return to grocery store)
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Wire hangers (put out with scrap metal or return to dry cleaner)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Lithium Batteries

Additional Recycling Options

The borough encourages residents to recycle other materials that are not collected curbside by participating in collection programs offered by the county and neighboring municipalities throughout the year.  Information on how and where to recycle can be obtained by contacting the Allendale Green Team at  Every pound of material kept from the waste stream contributes to sustainability and reduces borough solid waste expenditures.

  • EPS Packing Foam “Styrofoam”
  • Electronics
  • Compostable Food Waste
  • Lithium and NiCad batteries (rechargeable batteries)
  • Plastic Film (grocery bags, bubble wrap, shipping envelopes, bread bags, etc.)
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Paper Shredding

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 WINTER HOURS: December 9, 2023 to April 7, 2024 :

  • Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 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.

Hours of Operation WINTER HOURS: December 9, 2023 to April 7, 2024 :

  • Closed 

Compost Permit Application