The Department of Public Works manages a wide range of maintenance and improvement projects throughout the borough, including: maintaining all roadways in the Borough (except county roads); repaving roads; pothole patching; storm drain maintenance; storm drain installation; brook maintenance; sign work; tree work; plowing roads; salting roads and plowing borough parking lots. In addition, this Department handles traffic light maintenance; borough building maintenance; ball field maintenance; maintaining various borough buildings; leaf pickup; street sweeping; maintaining borough fleet; drainage work; Christmas tree pickup; skating pond maintenance; general citizen complaints; delivering barricades for block parties and upgrading all storm drains to meet D.E.P new storm water regulations.
Public Works Yard
Located at 4 Park Place off of Commonwealth Avenue (next to Oakwood Park)
Recycling drop off at the Dept. of Public Works – electronics, appliances, metal, heavy plastic – 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 AM – 1 PM . See calendar below for exact dates.
Information regarding garbage collection, recycling, bulk collection, and other services can be found in the Borough Calendar link below:
STARTING MARCH 4, 2021 – EAST SIDE RECYCLING CHANGE:
Beginning Thursday, March 4, EAST side curbside recycling (Summit line to South St) will be collected on THURSDAYS. (WEST side will remain the same and continue on Fridays). Please place items at curbside by 3 AM on collection day. See 2021 Calendar for details.
NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus:
Saturday Recycling Drop Off
Recycling Center – Open With Restrictions
The Recycling Center is open with the following restrictions:
No one will be admitted to the DPW Facility without a mask.
Social distancing will be enforced.
DPW workers will not assist in removing recycling material from the vehicles
All vehicles will enter from the Park Place entrance and exit the driveway on Passaic Street
The DPW Recycling Center is accepting packing Styrofoam during drop off days on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
THEY ARE NOW ALSO ACCEPTING PLASTIC BAGS FOR RECYCLING AT THE DPW YARD THE 1st AND 3rd SAT. OF EACH MONTH (STARTING 10-1-20). PLEASE DO NOT PLACE PLASTIC BAGS IN REGULAR WEEKLY RECYCLING BINS. THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTING BUBBLE WRAP OR PACKING MATERIALS (except packing styrofoam – see above).
Collection will begin earlier at 3 AM. Please have your garbage at the curb the night before your scheduled collection.
Expect pickup delays during this pandemic. Our contractors are experiencing staffing issues and garbage collection is their priority concern. They will collect brush when they can. If your brush is not picked up on Monday, leave it out and it will be picked up – just keep it outside. Our trucks will not be able to get it all on Monday – they are short staffed.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Recycling will occur on the same weeks between the east side and west side of the borough:
EAST side – Thursdays = Summit line to South St. (includes South St. even and Passaic St. odd numbered houses)
WEST side – Fridays = Berkeley Heights line to South St. (includes South St. odd and Passaic St. even numbered houses)
NOTICE – 2018 Recycling Regulation Changes:
The recycling industry is experiencing high levels of contamination. This is coming at a time when the requirements for quality (clean recycling) are increasing due to new policies in China. These policies have banned twenty-four types of materials and include strict quality standards. These significant changes are affecting the recycling industry world-wide.
When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, they have the potential to turn the entire load into trash and increase processing costs resulting in contamination and/or additional service charges. Please review the list below of recycling changes:
Don’t bag your recyclables. Plastic bags and film get tangled in the machinery.
Don’t include food-soiled items– they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash.
Don’t add sharp or dangerous materials like needles and electronics – they can cause injury to workers.
Don’ t toss in “tanglers” like rubber hoses and wires – they can shut down an entire recycling
Don’t include bulky items like propane tanks or construction debris.
Our recycling company is now accepting #5 plastics! Plastic bottles and containers coded 1, 2 and 5 on the bottom can now be placed in your curbside recycling. Plastics, 3, 4, 6 and 7 should NOT be included in the curbside recycling containers – they can be thrown away in the regular garbage.
Check out the new Recycle Coach for detailed recycling information and a downloadable app!
Thank you for your cooperation. For additional tools on recycling right and the do’s and don’ts of recycling, see the recyclable materials list.
7 AM to 3:30 PM Monday – Friday. The Department of Public Works is located on Park Place (near Oakwood Park).
Public Works Manager/Director – Ralph – 908-665-1076
Assistant Manager – Patrick – 908-665-1076
Chief Mechanic – Carl – 908-665-1076
Assistant Foreman, Streets and Roads – Scott – 908-665-1076
Maintenance Mechanic – Nisam – 908-665-1400