Recycling / Garbage / Yard Waste Department

POSTED 2/11/2019

Residents are advised that shredded documents are no longer permitted in plastic bags. Shredded documents are to be placed directly in your mixed paper recycling bin for collection by the hauler. As previously advised, paper or commingled recycling, that is placed at the curb in plastic bags will no longer be collected by the Borough contractor.

POSTED 1/24/2019

Borough of Madison residents are advised that effective immediately, paper or commingled recycling, that is placed at the curb in plastic bags will no longer be collected by the Borough contractor. This new requirement was imposed by the disposal recycling facility. Acceptable containers are plastic bins, which cannot exceed 40 pounds and are clearly labeled for the respective recycling (commingled recycling or paper recycling). Stickers are available for pickup at the Department of Public Works on John Avenue or the Clerk’s Office at Hartley Dodge Memorial.

Our hauler will not pick up recyclables in plastic bags. The plastic bags and its contents will be left at the curb. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at (973) 593-3088.

We thank you for working to keep Madison green! For tips on ‘what goes where’, please see below. 

Now available for Madison Residents

Never Miss Another Collection!

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With it's easy-to-use calendar you'll be able to find your recycling/garbage/yard waste collection schedules, use it's simple 'What Goes Where?' feature to check and see what is accepted for recycling, and will allow the Borough to push notifications out regarding holiday or weather schedule changes.

Check out the functions below, and download in on your cell phone today! 

Paid for by the New Jersey DEP

Ways to Dispose of Your Garbage


The borough offers 3 ways for residents to dispose of their garbage:
  1. Free Regular Curbside Pickup: Twice a week curbside pickup from May 16 - September 15, 2018, once a week pickup the rest of the year.
  2. Traditional Rear Yard Pickup: Residents can contract to have their garbage taken from behind or along the side of their home for an annual fee of $120.
  3. New Enhanced Rear Yard Pickup: Year round, twice a week pickup from behind or along the side of a residence for an annual fee of $200. The pickups will occur on your regular, twice a week schedule, District 1A and 1B on Monday and Thursday, District 2A and 2B on Tuesday and Friday and District 3 on Wednesday and Saturday.
Residents interested in rear yard pickup should contact the hauler, Suburban Disposal, at 973-227-7020. The hauler will directly bill each resident.

Garbage Requirements


  • Each container cannot exceed 40 pounds
  • No construction material, grass, leaves, medical waste or recyclables.
  • No garbage can be put in corrugated cardboard boxes. Corrugated must be recycled.

Proper Packing


All items must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of collection but not earlier than 7 p.m. the previous day. All containers must be removed from curbside prior to 8 p.m. on your collection day. If garbage or recyclables are not put out properly, they will not be collected.