Category Archives: Waste

Compost at Montclair Community Farms!

Calling all apartment-and-condo-dwellers (and anyone else lacking a backyard bin)! Did you know that you can bring your compostables to Montclair Community Farms? Drop-offs are behind the Crane House at 108 Orange Road. For more information, please contact


First time compost contributors please come by on a Friday between 10 am and 12 pm and ask for one of our farm staff! If you have composted with us before feel free to drop off during daylight hours. Use the first compost bin on the left, nearest to the chicken coop.

YES: Fruit, fruit rinds, fruit pits, vegetables, leaves of any produce, leaves from the yard, coffee grinds and filters, teabags, flowers, sawdust, hair, dirt, newspapers (non glossy), eggshells, tree trimmings, paper bags, freezer burn items, whole spices, dried up herbs, nut shells, stale potato chips, cooked rice, wood chips, shredded paper, household plant trimmings, lint from dryer, pet hair.

NO: Bread, seafood, oil, cheese, meat, bones, weeds, compostable utensils, compostable containers, takeout containers, tissues, napkins, paper towels, leftover food with oil in it, cardboard, cooked waste, moldy food, gravy, butter, frying fat, potato peels, fish, fish bones, animal waste

Waste Study: Call for Volunteers!

The Montclair Environmental Commission would like to share the following opportunity with Montclair residents on behalf of Raysa Martinez Kruger, a PhD candidate at Rutgers University. To volunteer to participate in the focus groups, see contact information below. Please share this announcement with your friends and neighbors in Montclair!
You are invited to participate in one of three FOCUS GROUPS being conducted by a Rutgers University graduate student. The purpose of the focus groups is to learn from community residents concerning their VIEWS ABOUT GARBAGE AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. You are invited to participate in only one of the three focus group sessions. Each group will consist of not more than 10 participants who share a similar neighborhood or community. The focus group discussion will last about one hour. The focus group interview procedure involves a series of prepared questions and visual aids. During the focus group discussion, the researcher will ask the group a set of prepared questions, ask for participants’ answers, and encourage discussion among them by asking additional follow-up questions, if necessary.
Participation in the focus group is confidential. The potential benefits to society of participation in this study would include a better understanding of how community residents come to view and understand garbage and related issues as environmental and social problems in New Jersey.  Participation in this study is voluntary. Participants will receive $20 for their participation in the one-hour long focus group discussion.
Please see the announcement for dates, times, and locations in Montclair. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. If you would like to participate, CONTACT THE RESEARCHER at (732) 439-7158 to sign up. Register now as space is limited.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off, Saturday 5/2

The Essex County Utilities Authority will host its spring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection on Saturday, May 2, “right next door” in Cedar Grove. This is a convenient location for Montclair residents.

The easy drive-in and drop-off collection takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (sharp), at 125 Fairview Avenue (next to the Old Hospital Center), in Cedar Grove.

The event is free for Essex County residents only (proof of residency may be required). Commercial and large quantity users may not drop-off any items. No early arrivals are accepted, and it is a rain-or-shine event.

Acceptable Materials:

oil-based paints and stains – paint thinners and solvents – aerosol spray paint cans – rechargeable batteries, and car batteries – kerosene – pesticides and herbicides – mercury-containing products, such as thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescent lights) and ballasts – driveway sealer –household cleaning fluids – automotive fluids, including antifreeze, steering fluids, motor oil, and gasoline – fire extinguishers (household type only) – chemistry sets – pool chemicals – propane tanks (barbecue type only) – photographic chemicals

Unacceptable Materials:

Latex paint – standard household (alkaline) batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) – empty containers – unlabeled or unidentifiable materials – asbestos – explosives – munitions – ordnance or highly reactive materials – commercial or industrial waste – regulated medical waste or infectious waste.

For more information, see the Essex County Utilities Authority website or the Environmental Affairs Office press release.