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A. Some of these medications can cause environmental damage if disposed in the sewer system because they are not adequately destroyed by sewer treatment plants and can enter the water supply. Disposing medications down the sink or toilet is no longer recommended since many of the substances have been identified in the water supply.
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) has advised the Township of Wyckoff that all prescription medications should be safely disposed of by the following:
All unused or expired medications should be safely disposed of when no longer needed. Never take any medication prescribed for someone else. Medications should be stored out of reach of children.
A. The Wyckoff Recycling Center located at the end of West Main Street is no longer able to accept propane tanks. The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) has advised the Township of Wyckoff not to collect emptied propane tanks in household garbage or at the Wyckoff Recycling Center since empty propane tanks may explode while being crushed in the operations of these collection vehicles. Empty propane tanks are considered household hazardous materials and should be disposed of at the BCUA's Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection days -- click here for schedule -- or residents may consult the vendor who fills their propane gas containers.
A. The refrigerant used in appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, water coolers, room air conditioners, or dehumidifiers must be processed by certified technicians. Therefore, if the retailer from whom you’ve purchased the new unit does not provide for proper disposal of these appliances, either bring it to the Recycling/Conservation Center or call the Wyckoff Recycling Coordinator at 201-891-7000 ext 118 to arrange for curbside pick-up. Remember that the doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers before placing the unit at the curb or for any other disposal.
Central air conditioning units are considered construction material and private pickup must be arranged. Before installing or replacing central air conditioning, you must obtain a building permit from the Building Department located in Town Hall.
A comprehensive list of items and how you can dispose of them can be found on our website under Garbage and Recycling. We must all share the responsibility for proper disposal of these appliances.
A. There are a few reasons why building material is not accepted in the municipal garbage collection. First, construction and demolition debris is no longer allowed in any municipal waste as per state regulations. This material is disposed of or recycled separately. Second, the Township's household garbage (table waste, food packaging, etc.) and recycling collection is garbage and recycling which is regularly generated from a typical home. Construction debris from a home renovation is not household garbage. It would be unfair to those residents who were not remodeling their home to pay for other resident's construction debris. The removal of construction debris is usually and customarily part of the cost to renovate one's home.
When disposing of remodeling or construction debris, residents are advised to call a garbage disposal or recycling company and arrange for a special pickup. A listing of companies in the area which perform this service can be found in your phone book under "rubbish" and or "recycling." Special items also require a special collection. For more information regarding garbage and recycling collection in Wyckoff please visit the Garbage and Recycling portion of our website.
A. If the old paint is latex (water-based), remove the lid and let it air dry. Peel the dried paint skin from the can and toss it in with your household garbage. Then, simply bring the empty metal paint can at Recycling Center on West Main Street. However, oil-based paints (and varnish) are considered hazardous household waste products. You'll have to save them for the Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) Hazardous Waste Collection. You can call the BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at: 201-807-5825 or click on Bergen County Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule and Locations.
A. Batteries should be disposed of as follows:
• Flashlight and game batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V) should be placed in trash container in curbside collection.
A: Pizza boxes are made from corrugated cardboard, however, the cardboard becomes soiled with grease, cheese, and other foods once the pizza has been placed in the box. Once soiled, the paper cannot be recycled because the paper fibers will not be able to be separated from the oils during the pulping process. Food is a major source of contamination in the various paper categories.