Recycling Changes


Only Plastic Containers Coded 1,2, and 5 Accepted

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority is announcing an important 2019 change in its plastic container recycling rules for its single stream curbside recycling program.

Starting this month, only plastic containers (bottles and non-bottle) coded 1,2, and 5 are acceptable in residential curbside recycling.


Look for the recycling symbol on the bottom of the plastic container, advised Morris County’s Recycling Coordinator Liz Sweedy.

The MCMUA’s guidelines apply to the following 20 municipalities, which have MUA curbside pickup: Boonton, Boonton Township, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Denville, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Mine Hill, Morris Plains, Netcong, Pequannock, Rockaway Borough, Wharton, and the recycling depots in Harding, Mt. Arlington, Randolph, Rockaway Township, and Washington Township. ***

Acceptable plastic bottle/containers include the following:

  • Containers that are coded #1 (PET, Poly-EthyleneTerephthalate) include water, soda and salad dressing bottles, microwavable food trays, and peanut butter container.
  • Containers coded #2 (HDPE, High Density Polyethylene) include milk jugs, shampoo bottles, and butter and yogurt tubs.
  • Containers coded #5 (PP, Polypropylene) include ketchup and syrup bottles, and some yogurt containers.
  • Plastics with no container code (no number in a recycling symbol);
  • Plastics coded #3 (V, PVC Vinyl), which include cooking oil and mouthwash bottles, clear food packaging, and PVC piping;
  • Plastics coded #4 (LDPE, Low Density Polyethylene) used in plastic shopping bags and trash bags;
  • Plastics coded #6 (PS Polystyrene) used in disposable cups, plates, egg cartons, and clamshell take-out containers;
  • Plastics coded #7 (Other) used in three-to-five gallon water jugs and some food containers.

Due to restrictions imposed by China on imported recycling commodities, the MCMUA’s market has been negatively impacted, and some plastic containers are no longer accepted in the curbside program.

Unacceptable plastic bottles/containers include the following:

“Plastic bottles and containers that are coded with the numbers 3,4,6,and 7 are not mandated recyclable materials in the Morris County Solid Waste Management Plan and are not acceptable in the MCMUA’s single-stream recycling program,’’ said Sweedy.

Morris County’s mandated recycling materials are plastic bottles and containers coded 1 and 2 (and containers coded #5 are being accepted), plus aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, steel (tin) cans, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, and organics that include leaves, grass clippings, brush, logs, stumps, branches and tree parts.

The MCMUA also requests that residents make sure their recyclable items are empty, clean and dry before putting them at the curb in reusable containers (loose, and not in plastic bags). There is only one exception for use of plastic bags: shredded paper can be placed inside of translucent plastic bags.

When plastic grocery bags and other flexible plastic film gets to the recycling center, they can be caught in the machinery and cause delays and increased processing costs. Clean, dry plastic bags can be recycled at local stores that have designated drop-off bins for plastic bags.

For additional information about acceptable and unacceptable materials in the MCMUA’s “all-in-one’’ single-stream curbside recycling program, visit 

Memorial Park Update

The Borough is honoring our motto of "tradition with progress," by working on plans to update Memorial Park on Main Street. Throughout 2018, a Committee has been working on plans to update the park while maintaining the tradition and respect for veterans. Below are some renderings of the proposal that the Committee has come up with. We will be finalizing plans soon.

Wharton Memorial Park Image 1          Wharton Memorial Park Image 2

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Wharton Memorial Park Image 5          Wharton Memorial Park Image 6

Wharton Memorial Park Image 7

Holiday Trash Pick Up

Due to the Holidays there are some adjustments to the trash pick up schedule.

For Christmas Week- Garbage Pick Up for Zone A (normal Tuesday pick up) will be on Wednesday 12/26 and Garbage Pick Up for Zone B (normal Wednesday pick up) will be on Thursday 12/27.

For New Year's Day- Garbage Pick Up for Zone A (normal Tuesday pick up) will be on Wednesday 1/2 and Garbage Pick Up for Zone B (normal Wednesday pick up) will be on Thursday 1/3.

Christmas Tree Pick Up will be every Monday until February 11th.

2019 Pet Licenses

Pet Licenses for 2019 are now available. License renewals must be completed before January 31st to avoid late fees. Late fees are $5 per month starting in February. Your pet's rabies shot must be valid through October 31st of 2019 in order to get a 2019 license. If your pet is spayed or neutered the cost is $14 if it is not it is $17. Renewal letters were sent in the last week of December. You can mail in your renewal with a check and you license will be mailed to you.

Energy Aggregation Program

The Borough will be participating again in the Morris Area Energy Aggregation Program starting in March of 2019. For more information about the program click here.

MAEC Outreach- Wharton Borough Page 1


Borough of Wharton

Wharton is a community of approximately 6,500 residents in the highlands of Morris County. Wharton is located between Routes 15, 46 and 80, stretching south from the main entrance of Picatinny Arsenal, a major army research and development center, to Route 46 abounded on the west by Roxbury Township and the east by Dover and Rockaway Township. The Borough is approximately 2.2 square miles.

Contact Information

10 Robert Street, Wharton,
New Jersey 07885
Phone - (973) 361-8444

Town Hall Office Hours
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Moday thru Friday

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