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Solid Waste

The Passaic County Department of Health enforces the laws and regulations governing solid waste management and illegal dumping of solid waste. The term solid waste covers all household commercial and institutional waste known collectively as municipal waste; bulky water, such as appliances, furniture and construction debris and dry industrial waste that results from manufacturing.

  • According to NJSA 13:1E-9.3, no person shall engage or continue to engage in the disposal of solid waste in New Jersey without first filing a completed application for an having received approval for a Solid Waste Facility (SWF) permit.
  • An updated registration statement for whose with an SWF permit must be submitted on or before July 1 of each calendar year. If this does not happen, the NJ DEP has the right to revoke the permit or take some other enforcement action as is appropriate according to N.J.A.C. 7:27-4.
  • Waste haulers and recycling facilities in Passaic County and Morris County may register at the Passaic County Department of Health to receive permits and decals for the disposal of solid waste.
  • For further information or to file complaints related to illegal dumping or solid waste facility violations or to obtain more information on solid waste, please call the Passaic County Department of Health at 973-225-3635.

The most common citations that the county issues are for violations of the following:

NJAC 13:1E-9.3- No person shall engage in the collection or disposal of solid waste in excess of 0.148 cubic yards or 30 gallons of liquid, except at an approved NJDEP disposal site.

NJAC 7:26-2A.4(a)- Open dumps are declared a nuisance, hazardous to human health and are prohibited.

Contact Us
Passaic County Health Department
18 Clark Street
Paterson, NJ 07505

Charlene W. Gungil
Health Officer & Director
Phone: 973-881-4396
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