Recycling & Garbage Pickup

To keep our streets clean and citizens healthy, this office manages city wide garbage, recycling, and bulk removal programs. We also coordinate with the county to provide drop off days for hazardous materials. All items for pick up should be placed curb side after 7:30pm (9pm for Washington Street) on the appropriate day. Failure to follow this and other municipal ordinances can result in the issuing of a summons. For more information about these programs, review we can be reached at (201) 420-2385 or 201-420-2277 or 201-420-2012.

NEW Residential Schedule (Effective May 11, 2014)

Click here to download a flyer with the new schedule.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Garbage Recycling & E-Waste – Mixed Glass, Cans, Plastic, Paper, Cardboard No Collection Garbage Recycling & E-Waste – Mixed Glass, Cans, Plastic, Paper, Cardboard Garbage No Collection


NEW Limited Business Area Schedule (Effective May 11, 2014)

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Garbage Garbage No Collection Garbage Garbage Garbage No Collection
Recycling – Paper, Cardboard Recycling – Mixed Glass, Cans, Plastic, Paper, Cardboard No Collection Recycling – Paper, Cardboard Recycling – Mixed Glass, Cans, Plastic, Paper, Cardboard Recycling – Paper, Cardboard No Collection

Applicable Areas: Washington St, Newark St., 1st St., 14th St. and PATH area.

Garden & Yard Waste

Separate leaves, grass, weeds and branches. Tie in bundles, or leaves may be put in transparent bags or special paper bags available at the Drop-Off Center. Place at the curb after 9pm on Thursday night.

Metal Furniture & Appliances

Place curbside on Thursday after 9pm.
Metal Furniture: Metal file cabinets, desks, bed frames, etc.
Metal Appliances: Remove doors from refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. Hot water heaters, air conditioners and small metal appliances are also accepted.

Household Furniture

Any non-metal furniture, mattresses, etc. Place at curb on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday after 9pm.


Place curbside on Thursday after 9pm. Computers, televisions, monitors, etc.

Recycling Drop-Off Center

Where: Willow Ave. and Observer Highway

When: 9am to 4pm, Monday – Friday & 9am – 12pm noon, Saturday

What: Paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin, glass, plastic, metal appliances and furniture, electronics, motor oil, antifreeze, lead acid batteries, and yard waste.


In 2015, the City of Hoboken partnered with the Community Compost Company to implement one of New Jersey’s first residential composting programs. The program offers residential pickup service.

Garbage from Hoboken is transported to a landfill in West Virginia and tipping fees alone cost $100 per ton of waste. Separating organic materials for composting is an easy way to divert waste from the landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in addition to helping the City of Hoboken save money by cutting down on landfill fees and the volume and frequency of garbage collection.

Community Compost Company takes collected food scraps to farms where they are recycled into compost, which is used to fertilize the soil. For more information or to sign up for service, visit

What can you compost?
All food (including fruits, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, grains, eggshells, coffee grounds), food-soiled paper, napkins, paper towels, uncoated paper, plates, and tea bags.

What can’t you compost?
Plastic, metal (aluminum foil, staples in tea bags), Styrofoam, liquids, frozen food boxes, chemicals, compostable plastics.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous items such as paint, varnish, turpentine, pesticide, etc should not be disposed of at the curb. For more information, call the Hudson County Improvement Authority environmental hotline: 201-324-6222 x3219.


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Single Stream Recycling

Hoboken is joining hundreds of other communities across the country and transitioning to single stream recycling which is expected to save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year through increased recycling rates and reduced trash disposal fees. Transitioning to this new system means that we need to switch from putting recyclables within plastic bags to placing them directly within containers. With single stream recycling, all recyclables – paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, etc. can now be mixed together within the same container and placed for pickup on both Mondays and Thursdays. As a result of this transition, residents will see a few major changes:

  1. No need to sort. All recyclables (plastic, glass, aluminum, paper) can now be placed within the same container.
  2. More recyclable materials. In addition to plastics with symbols #1 and #2, residents can now also recycle plastics with symbols #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7.
  3. Place recyclables directly in containers. Because plastic bags cause problems with the automated facility, recyclables should no longer be placed within plastic bags. They should be placed directly inside containers with a lid.
  4. Two days of pickup. The schedule for recycling pickup – Mondays and Thursday – will not change, however residents may now place all of their recyclables out for pickup on both days.



Materials Accepted

  • Aluminum food and beverage containers
  • Glass food and beverage containers – brown, clear, or green
  • Ferrous (Iron) cans
  • PET plastic containers with the symbol #1 – with screw tops only, without caps
  • HDPE natural plastic containers with the symbol #2 – narrow neck containers only (milk and water bottles)
  • HDPE pigmented plastic containers with the symbol #2 – narrow neck containers only, without caps (detergent, shampoo bottles, etc.)
  • Plastics with symbols #3, #4, #5, #6, #7-narrow and screw top containers
  • Rigid plastics which include plastic milk/soda crates, plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic totes, plastic drums, plastic coolers, plastic flower pots, plastic drinking cups/glasses, plastic 5-gallon water bottles, plastic pallets, and empty plastic garbage/recycling bins.
  • Aseptic and gable top cartons such as juice, soy, broth, milk cartons, etc.
  • Newsprint
  • Old corrugated cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal boxes
  • Telephone books
  • Printer paper
  • Copier paper
  • Mail
  • All other office paper without wax liners
Materials Not Accepted(include but are not limited to)

  • Plastic bags
  • Microwave trays
  • Mirrors
  • Window or auto glass
  • Light Bulbs
  • Ceramics
  • Porcelain
  • Plastics unnumbered
  • Coat hangers (can be recycled at many dry cleaners)
  • Glass cookware/bakeware
  • Household items such as cooking pots, toasters, etc.

All glass containers must by empty and free of metal caps and rings.
All tin cans, bi-metal cans, and aluminum cans must be empty.
All aerosol cans must be empty.
All plastic containers must be empty.
All Fiber must be dry and free of food debris and other contaminating material.
Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is not acceptable.