Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Changes in the schedules for the curbside pickup of recyclables are coming to Boonton Township, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Hanover, Mendham Township and Wharton in the new year.

The seven communities are among 15 that participate in the curbside pickup program operated by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority.

Kathleen Hourihan, District Recycling Coordinator with the MCMUA, said the schedule changes are being made to increase efficiency.

“We’re consolidating pickups in some communities and adjusting schedules in others to allow for a much better and more efficient use of our manpower and equipment,” Hourihan said. Hourihan detailed the changes.

In Boonton Township, instead of having recyclables picked up throughout the community every other Friday, pickups will now take place throughout the township every other Thursday, starting Jan. 5. The last Friday collection in 2011 will be Dec. 30, Hourihan said.

For Denville, where recyclables are now picked up every other Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in three sections of town, the pickups in 2012 will take place every other Wednesday in the entire town, starting Wednesday, Jan. 11. The last Monday collection in 2011 will be Dec. 12, with the last Tuesday collection this year coming Dec. 27, Hourihan said.

Recyclables in Dover, which are now collected every other Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in three sections of town, will be collected in 2012 every other Friday in the entire town, starting Friday, Jan. 13. Dover’s last Monday collection in 2011 will be Dec. 12, with the last Tuesday collection this year coming Dec. 27, and the final Wednesday collection for 2011 will be Dec. 28, Hourihan said.

In East Hanover, instead of having recyclables picked up every other Wednesday and Thursday in two sections of town, the 2012 collection will be every other Wednesday in the entire town, starting Wednesday, Jan. 4. Hourihan said the last Thursday collection in 2011 will be Dec. 22.

In Hanover, instead of having recyclables picked up every other Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in three sections of town, pickups will now take place every other Tuesday in the entire town, starting Tuesday, Jan. 10. The last Monday collection in 2011 will be Dec. 12, with the last Wednesday collection this year coming Dec. 28, Hourihan said.

Mendham Township’s pick ups will change from the current schedule of every other Monday to every other Thursday in the entire town, starting Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. The last Monday collection in 2011 will be Dec. 19, Hourihan said.

In Wharton, where recyclables are now collected every other Thursday and Friday in two sections of town, the pickups in 2012 will take place every other Monday in the entire town, starting Monday, Jan. 16. The last Thursday collection in 2011 will be Dec. 29, with the last Friday collection in 2011coming on Dec. 30, Hourihan said.

She noted recycling containers should be at curbside the night before the collection day, and the maximum weight of a curbside recycling container and its contents is 50 pounds.

More information about recycling in Morris County is available online on the Morris County MUA website, www.mcmua.com.