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Private scavengers collect garbage and rubbish. Residents must contract with a disposal company that picks up garbage on a weekly basis. The State Public Utilities Commission establishes rates.

To report problems with garbage collection, call South Orange Disposal at 762-3880


Container Days in South Orange, available only to South Orange residents with two forms of ID, will be held on the following dates. The hours of operation are 8 AM to 1:45pm (no arrivals after 1:30pm) on the Saturdays listed below. Additional information and a repeat of the dates will be printed in the coming editions of the Gaslight Newsletter.

April 25th, 2015
May 16th, 2015
June 20st, 2015
July 25th, 2015
August 22rd, 2015
September 26th, 2015

Residents may discard unwanted household items at the DPW Yard at 300 Walton Avenue. Special disposal containers will be provided. Container Days are limited to residents of South Orange only. Two forms of ID are required for proof. No commercial vehicles are permitted. For information call (973) 378- 7741.

Permissible Disposals
Furniture or mattresses, appliances, branches under four inches in diameter, metal items, toys, small household items, tools, strollers, and playpens. Note: metals and appliances must be separated from other household items.

Non-Permissible Disposals
Paint cans* (empty or not), propane bottles*, any hazardous chemicals or their containers, construction materials, grass clippings, household garbage, car/truck parts, batteries of any size*, stumps, root sections, branches measuring more than four inches in diameter, and railroad ties. DPW staff will prohibit other items as necessary.

See exceptions/notes above


Humus & Shredded Wood

Need humus (decomposed leaves) or shredded wood (double hammer-milled, medium-textured, hardwood mulch) for your garden? Residents can pick up these materials in small quantities at the DPW Yard (300 Walton Ave.) or you can schedule a delivery starting in late March each year. The first delivery will take place at the end of April.

Composting information can be found in the March/April issue of the Gas Light. For more information or to schedule an appointment and get a form, call 973-378-7741. Only one product can be ordered each month and quantities are limited. The delivery will be left loosely in your driveway, just past the sidewalk.