Roll-Off Dumpster Direct has recently expanded into the Garden State! In honor of our recent new digs, we’ve created this garbage guide for our New Jersey customers.

Since trash specifics depend on the local government that serves your area, this is a general guide for New Jersey. To find out detailed information about your community’s disposal requirements, check out the website for your local magistrate. 

Regular Trash

In most communities, regular trash is picked up once a week. Place your containers at the curb after 5:30 PM the day before, or prior to 7 AM the day of your scheduled pick-up day. Place your containers within 4 feet of the roadway, and make certain that they do not impede use of the sidewalk.

You must remove the empty containers from the curb within 12 hours of trash pick-up.


Most communities in New Jersey participate in single stream recycling. This means that all recyclables can be placed into one container–no need to sort! The following items can be recycled:

Metals: Aluminum cans, aluminum foil and bake-ware, steel and tin cans

Papers: Corrugated cardboard, magazines, office paper, newspaper, paperboard, cartons, unsolicited direct mail, phone books

Glass: Clear, amber, green

Plastic: Be sure to thoroughly rinse!

What not to recycle:

  • Any glass that has food waste, dirt, or stones in it
  • Ceramic items
  • Heat-resistant glass
  • Mixed colors of glass that is broken
  • Glass from mirrors or windows
  • Crystal
  • Metal or plastic caps and lids
  • Light bulbs
  • Cathode ray tubes (found in TV and computer monitors)

Bulk Trash

Most communities throughout New Jersey offer a bulk trash pickup day as often as once a month. On bulk trash day, you can dispose of materials you ordinarily cannot. Most communities will dispose of:

Wood and Carpet Scraps: Weighing less than 50 lbs and cut into 4-foot long pieces

Furniture and Car Batteries: Place these at the curb for pick-up

Metal and Household Appliances: These include metal window frames, bed frames, washers, dryers, ovens, and water heaters

Used Motor Oil and Anti-Freeze: Must be in containers that are clearly marked “Used Motor Oil” or “Used Anti-Freeze”

These items must be placed in an automated cart. Most communities issue one cart per household but will allow residents to purchase additional carts. Garbage that is not placed in an automated cart will be tagged and you will be issued a warning. If the problem isn’t corrected, you will be charged with a fine.


Electronic items contain toxic chemicals that need to be disposed of carefully. These items include:

  • Motherboards
  • Video Game Counsels
  • Computers
  • Fax Machines
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • DVD Players
  • VCRs
  • Televisions 

It is important that you clear these items of your personal data. Simply deleting it will not prevent a criminal from stealing your personal information. This post offers helpful tips on how to wipe the data from your electronic device, as well as charities where you can donate your items.

In addition to donating your used electronics to a charity, most New Jersey communities have electronics pick up days. Check your local website for details.


Proper disposal of unneeded medications is important for safety. New Jersey has enacted “Project Medicine Drop,” an initiative that allows residents to dispose of their medications anonymously 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Simply bring your medicines to a participating police station and place them in the labeled container.

Still Not Sure What to Do With Your Garbage?

One thing the New Jersey public garbage system doesn’t handle is construction scraps. If you have a construction site and need someone to haul the garbage away, Roll-Off Dumpster Direct has you covered! From Toms River, to Jersey City,  to Elizabeth, and Trenton, we serve the entire state of New Jersey.

To get started, contact us online or give us a call at 888-885-2048.

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