Paterson, New Jersey, (pop. 145,948) is taking an active role in boosting its residents recycling efforts. In 2013, for example, the City began offering free recycling bins to its resident in an effort to boost Paterson’s overall recycling rate. It was the first time the City was able offers these bins for free, and it promises a better environment for the residents of Paterson.

Materials recycled

  • Plastics: Soda bottles, milk containers, water containers, detergent containers, juice containers
  • Paper: Newspaper, paperback books, hard cover books (with binding removed), magazines, junk mail, brown paper bags, catalogs, telephone books, corrugated cardboard
  • Metal: Vegetable cans, pet food cans, milk cans, fruit cans, soda cans, juice cans, beer cans, meat cans, cookie tins
  • Glass: Juice bottles, soda bottles, baby food jars, instant coffee jars, beer bottles, liquor bottles, mustard jars, ketchup bottles, pickle jars, similar glass containers


Residents must have all recyclables placed curbside by 6 a.m. on the day of their scheduled pickup. If their bins were missed, they should call the City before 12 p.m. that same day.

Other programs

Residents can have “white appliances” picked up by calling the City’s Recycling Office. “White appliances” include: refrigerators (with the doors removed), stoves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, dishwashers, air conditioners and freezers.

More information

For more information, visit the Paterson’s Recycling page here (