Public Works Director: Scott Hutchins
You can contact us at (973) 366-2155
Annual Water Quality Report
Every year the Water Department publishes a drinking water quality report. This report is designed to inform you about the water that is delievered from the Borough. The goal is to provide residents with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We continually make efforts to improve the water treatment process and to protect our water resources. To view the report for 2019 with results from 2018 click here.
Leaf and Grass Pickup
The Morris County MUA has requested that the Borough no longer pick up bags of co-mingled leaves and grass. When bagging your yard waste please separate leaves and grass into different bags.
Free Yard Waste Bags for Wharton Residents are now available at the Recycling Center. They will no longer be available at Town Hall.
Curbside loose leaf pick up begins on 10/21/19 and ends on 12/13/19. There are no specific dates for pick up. Please do not put grass clippings or sticks and brush in the leaf pile. Keep loose leaves at least 7ft from any storm drain. Please do not put leaves in the road if there is snow in the forecast. Do not put leaves in the crosswalks or block sidewalks. The regular bagged yard waste program is on Mondays from4/1/19 until 12/9/19.
Every Spring & Fall the Borough flushes the hydrants. The date this will be done will be printed in the newspaper and online. You may experience a discoloration of your water after the flushing is done. To avoid any problems let your water run a few minutes before using.
Sewer back-ups are usually a result of grease build up in the sewer lines. To avoid this problem, please do not pour grease, oil or other foreign items down the drain or in the toilet. Discard in a container and dispose of in your regular garbage. A charge will be imposed on anyone found to be pouring grease or oil into the sewer system.
The Department of Public Works can now accept electronic waste. There are two options to dispose of your electronic waste. The first option is you can purchase a $10 sticker at Town Hall and place the item out on every other Thursday. The second option is you can drop your electronic waste at the DPW building on the same dates from 12-2:30 for free.
Acceptable E-Waste Items Include: Cables, Cable Boxes, Cellular Phones, Computers, Copiers, Cords, CRT Monitors, DVD Players, External Drives (all Types), Fax/Scanners, Keyboards, Laptops, LCD Monitors, Mouse, MP3/IPods/etc., Networking Equipment, PDA's, Printers, Projectors, Satellite Dishes, Servers, Stereos, TV's, Typewriters, UPS Units (Uninterrupted Power Supplies), VCR's, Video Game Systems
Zone A - Garbage- Tuesday
Zone B - Garbage- Wednesday
Recycling is picked up every other Monday by the Morris County MUA. 2019 dates can be found in your 2019 calendar.
MORRIS COUNTY MUA ISSUES NEW GUIDELINES ON PLASTIC RECYCLING
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 www.mcmua.com
Recycling Center Hours
The Wharton Recycling Center is open:
- Monday 8am-2pm
- Tuesday 8am-2pm
- Wednesday 1pm-6pm
- Thursday 8am-2pm
- Friday 1pm-6pm
- Saturday 8am-1pm
- Sunday 8am-1pm