Trash Collection FAQ's
Willingboro Township moves to fully automated trash collection
Willingboro Township is moving to a fully automated trash collection system for all households. This system will function similarly to the Township’s existing recycling collection program. In the end of May 2021 , every household in the Township will receive a new, 96-gallon, wheeled cart, to replace existing trash bins. Once your new cart has been provided, only solid waste that has been placed inside the bin will be collected. Trash placed at the curb in any other receptacle will not be collected. Please note that there will be no changes to yard-waste or recycling. The bins are property of Willingboro Township; they will be delivered directly to each home. No appointments are necessary, and you do not need to be home to receive your new trash bin.
Bulk items will be collected during the last collection week of each month. The collections will be by appointment. Residents will be limited to 2 bulk items per collection. An appointment can be made by calling 609-877-2200 ext 1051 initially. In the near future appointments will be made online through a “Bulk Collection Request Form”. Appointments can be made until the 3rd Thursday of the month for the end of the month collection.
Automation is a faster and more efficient way to collect residential solid waste. In addition to time and cost savings typically provided by automation, the program will help keep our neighborhoods neat and clean, improve safety on residential streets, and provide safer working conditions for contractors. The carts are durable and easy to maneuver.
Towns across the country have made the move to automated collection, and have historically reported both decreased collection costs, as well as an increase in the town’s recycling rate – which in turn can generate additional revenue in the form of recycling grants. For more information, visit the Township website at www.Willingboronj.gov, or contact the Department of Public Works at 609-877-2200.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of moving to automated trash collection?
Automation is a faster and more efficient way to collect residential solid waste. Additionally, other towns that have moved to automated collection have reported an increase in recycling rates and an overall reduction in the amount of trash collected. The hinged lids help to keep rain water out of cans, reducing trash weight, and are as animal-proof as possible. In addition to anticipated time and cost savings, the program will help keep our neighborhoods neat and clean, improve safety on residential streets, and provide safer working conditions for trash collectors. The carts are durable and easy to maneuver.
When will we receive our new carts?
A Cart will be delivered to every home in the Township beginning May 24 through the 29th 2021. Carts are property of Willingboro Township. No appointment is necessary, and you do not need to be home to receive your new cart. Each home will only have 1 cart.
When will automated collection begin?
You should begin using your new cart on June 1 2021.
What should I do with my old trash cans and recycling bins?
Residents may drop off clean, empty trash cans at the Department of Public Works, 25 Industrial Drive, during normal business hours, 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday – Saturday
Do I have to pay for my new trash cart?
No. All households will receive a new, 96-gallon trash cart at no charge.
What do the new carts look like?
Willingboro has selected a dark green, 96-gallon trash carts that are very similar to your blue recycling cart. These uniform carts will help to keep our residential streets neat and clean. All trash carts will have the Township logo on the side and will be linked to your address via a serial number embedded in the plastic.
How do I prepare my trash cart for weekly set-out?
All trash should be bagged before being placed in the cart. The lid to the cart must close tightly, and no material should be sticking out of the cart. Trash and recycling carts should be placed at the curb approximately 3 feet apart from each other, and at least 4 feet from obstacles such as mailboxes, telephone poles and any overhead obstructions. Cart handles and wheels should be facing the house and the lid opening should face the street.
Are there any items not permitted for collection?
- Recyclable products
- Yard waste such as leaves. Grass disposal is permitted
- Hazardous materials such as oil-based paints, solvents, asbestos or commercial medical waste.
Please call the Burlington County Landfill for the county’s scheduled hazardous materials drop-off days to dispose of these items.
I already have a rolling cart at home, can I use that one?
No. Only those carts provided by the Town will be collected. Carts other than those provided by the Township will not be collected once your new cart has been delivered.
What do I do with my cart if I move?
Carts are issued and owned by the Township and must remain at the property/address to which they are assigned.
The new carts look big are they easy to wheel to and from the curb?
As with your blue recycling bin, the new trash carts are easier to maneuver than a similar-sized trash can. They are designed for weight distribution and safety and are easy to move to the curb even when they are full. They are senior-friendly and roll easily on all types of terrain. It is easier to pull the cart uphill and push the cart downhill.
Will lawn and yard waste still be collected?
Yes. Lawn and yard waste will still be collected according to existing guidelines
Are the new carts animal proof?
The new carts are the most animal proof available. If you store your cart outside and encounter a problem with animals, you can use a bungee cord to secure the lid to the lift bar, but please remember to remove the bungee cord on your collection day or your cart will not be emptied.
Will the new carts take up more space?
The footprints of the carts are not very different than those of the blue recycle bins or a typical trash barrel.
Will my collection day remain the same?
Yes. Your trash will continue be collected weekly, and on the same collection day. Place all trash, recyclables, and yard waste out for collection after 5:30 p.m. the day before or prior to 7 a.m. the day of your scheduled collection day. All emptied containers must be removed from curbside within 12 hours after the end of the collection day.
What if my cart is damaged?
Contact the Department of Public Works at to report a damaged cart.
What should I do with overflow trash that does not fit into my cart?
Your new trash cart is can accommodate as much volume as 3 to 4 standard-sized trash cans. We expect these carts to be sufficient for your household. If you have a one-time overflow of trash, please hold it until your next regular collection day.
Will collection of bulk items (sofas, mattresses, other furniture) change?
Bulk items that do not fit inside the trash cart will be collected once a month by appointment.
How will I get rid of large appliances?
Refrigerators, freezers, grills, stoves, washers, dryers, and other metal items are collected 1 day per week on a Wednesday. Please call the Department of Public Works at 609-877-2200 ext 1051 to schedule a pickup. Remember to remove the doors from refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and dishwashers.
How do I dispose of electronics?
These items will not be collected curbside, but can be taken to the County Landfill.