198 N. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 | 201-387-4055

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Department of Public Works (DPW)

Superintendent: Philip Neville (x4088)
Supervisor: Robert Giacomelli
Assistant Supervisor: Ryan Brophy
Assistant Supervisor: Nicholas Watkins
Admin. Assistant: Dixie Rainey
Transportation Bus Driver: Position Vacant
Address: 198 N. Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Phone: 201-387-4055 press 3 for DPW
Fax: 201-387-5482
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hours: Mon-Fri 7AM-3:30PM

 

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COVID-19 UPDATES:

6/9/20: Bulk garbage pickup will resume in July 2020 as scheduled - please reference your 2020 pickup schedule calendar for the bulk (B) pickup day in your quadrant - 2020 calendars may be found by clicking HERE.

To add your cell phone number and/or your home phone number to the Borough's "robo call" important announcement phone call list, please email your name, address, and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Regular garbage pickup, recycling pickup, and vegetative waste pickup remain on schedule as listed on your 2020 pickup schedule calendar. If you are not sure which quadrant you are in, please call or email the DPW Office.

The Recycling Center at 198 N. Washington Ave behind the DPW building is still open regular hours (closed on holidays): Mon-Fri 8:00am-3:00pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm

If you have any questions, please call the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3, Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm (except for holidays as marked on your 2020 pickup schedule calendar), or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For 2020 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events & BCUA 2020 Tire Recycling/Electronics Recycling/Mobile Paper Shredding Events locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, please click HERE

 

RECYCLING ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Plastic bags are NOT accepted in the recycling carts (green lid) and are NOT accepted at the Recycling Center. Plastic bags should be re-used, dropped off at retail store recycling containers (when and where available), or placed in your regular garbage (cart with black lid).

Flower pots are NOT accepted in the recycling carts (green lid) and are NOT accepted at the Recycling Center. Flower pots should be re-used, donated, or placed curbside on bulk garbage collection day.

Shredded paper is NOT accepted in the recycling carts (green lid). Residents must bring shredded paper to the Recycling Center. Recycling Center hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-3:00PM / Sat 9:00AM-1:00PM / Sun 1:00PM-4:00PM (Closed on Holidays). Recycling Center location: 198 N. Washington Ave, behind the DPW building (the DPW building is the building behind Borough Hall).

Paint cans are NOT accepted in the recycling carts (green lid) and are NOT accepted at the Recycling Center. Solid dried paint (must be dry all the way through) can be set out on bulk days ONLY with the lids off. No wet paint accepted, NO WET PAINT IN GARBAGE CARTS. Please take wet paint to BCUA (County) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. For BCUA event dates, times, and locations: click here.

Bergenfield now accepts and recycles gable-topped milk, juice, soup, and other beverage cartons, as well as aseptic cartons. Please clean and dry these items, and place them in your recycling cart (green lid). Any questions, please call the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3, Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm.

Do NOT bag recyclables. Place empty, clean & dry recyclables LOOSE in your recycling cart (green lid). Flatten ALL cardboard.

If you have any questions about what does and does not go in your recycling cart (green lid) or in your garbage cart (black lid), then please call the DPW Office Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm (closed on holidays).

If you are interested in purchasing a composter machine, please contact the BCUA (County). To contact the BCUA (County), please CLICK HERE .

For 2020 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events & BCUA 2020 Tire Recycling/Electronics Recycling/Mobile Paper Shredding Events locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, please click HERE.

For recycling cart flyer with pictures, showing what does and what does not go in the recycling cart, please click below:

 

RECYCLING CENTER INFORMATION:

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-3:00PM / Sat 9:00AM-1:00PM / Sun 1:00PM-4:00PM (Closed on Holidays)

Location: 198 N. Washington Ave, behind the DPW building (the DPW building is the building behind Borough Hall)

ONLY these recyclable materials may be brought to the Recycling Center: gable-topped cartons, paper, newspaper, cardboard, bottles, cans, plastics (with #s 1, 2 & 5 ONLY), TVs, computer monitors, computer towers/computer CPUs, laptops, tablets, DESKTOP printers, DESKTOP fax machines.

NOT ALLOWED: Vegetative waste, garbage, bulk items, and all other items not listed above are prohibited at the Recycling Center drop off.

NO Styrofoam allowed at Recycling Center. NO plastic bags allowed at Recycling Center.

 

BULK GARBAGE INFORMATION:

Please reference your 2020 pickup schedule calendar for the bulk (B) pickup day in your quadrant. 2020 garbage & recycling pick-up schedule calendars may be found by clicking HERE.

- Bulk pickup is for residential properties ONLY.

- The DPW does NOT pickup contractor debris, concrete, bricks, asphalt, rocks, mortar, stone, cultured stone, or any stone-like material, wet paint, chemicals, tires, fluorescent lightbulbs, vehicle batteries, rechargeable batteries, propane/fuel tanks, fire extinguishers, TVs, computer monitors, computer towers/computer CPUs, laptops, tablets, printers, fax machines.

- The limit per bulk day is 4 pieces of household furniture, 2 household appliances (ex. washers, dryers, refrigerators - DOORS MUST BE OFF), and 1 carpet or rug that does not exceed 12 feet in length and/or 1 foot in diameter (including the pad) or a mixture of fragments from a carpet or rug of said size. The DPW will not collect carpets removed professionally.

- Water heaters must have a Borough-issued inspection sticker on them, or they will not be picked up. Please call the Building Department to schedule an inspection: 201-387-4055 option 4

- Bulk may not be placed at the curb any earlier than 6:00pm the night before bulk pick-up collection in your quadrant. Bulk may be placed at the curb after 6:00pm the night before bulk pick-up collection day in your quadrant. Bulk must be placed at the curb at least before 6:00am on the bulk pick-up collection day in your quadrant.

- There is bulk pick-up on scheduled bulk pick-up days only. There are no special pick-ups. Please reference your 2020 pickup schedule calendar for the bulk (B) pickup day in your quadrant by clicking HERE.

- Please take the following items to a BCUA collection event: wet paint, chemicals, tires, fluorescent lightbulbs, vehicle batteries, rechargeable batteries, propane/fuel tanks, fire extinguishers, electronics. For 2020 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events & BCUA 2020 Tire Recycling/Electronics Recycling/Mobile Paper Shredding Events locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, please click HERE.

- The DPW does NOT collect brick, mortar, stone, concrete, cultured stone, or any stone-like material; the homeowner must dispose of these privately. All bulk refuse generated by a private contractor (contractor debris), or trade waste generated by any business, shall be removed at their own expense and risk.

- The following electronics ONLY are accepted at the Bergenfield Recycling Center: TVs, computer monitors, computer towers/computer CPUs, laptops, tablets, printers, fax machines. The Bergenfield Recycling Center is located at 198 N. Washington Ave, behind the DPW building (the DPW building is the building behind Borough Hall). The Bergenfield Recycling Center hours are Mon-Fri 8:00am-3:00pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm (Closed on Holidays).

- PAINT must be dried solid & put out at curb on bulk (B) pickup day ONLY with the lid off. Wet paint must be taken by the resident to a BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. For 2020 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events & BCUA 2020 Tire Recycling/Electronics Recycling/Mobile Paper Shredding Events locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, please click HERE.

- Vegetative waste (grass, leaves, shrubs, branches, yard waste) is NOT collected on bulk day. Please reference your 2020 pickup schedule calendar for the vegetative waste (V) pickup day in your quadrant by clicking HERE.

- Recycling (paper, cardboard, cartons, bottles, cans, plastic #1/#2/#5) is NOT collected on bulk day. Please reference your 2020 pickup schedule calendar for the recycling (R) pickup day in your quadrant by clicking HERE.

For reference: Ord. No. 17-2517

If you have any questions, please call the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3, Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm (except for holidays as marked on your 2020 pickup schedule calendar), or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

All recycling, garbage, bulk, and vegetative waste must be placed curbside after 6:00pm on the night before or before 6:00am on the day of scheduled pickup, regardless of the weather. Please reference the garbage & recycling calendar for "R" recycling, "G" garbage, "B" bulk, and "V" vegetative waste pickup days.

There is bulk pickup on scheduled bulk pickup days only - no special pickups. Please reference the garbage & recycling calendar for "B" bulk pickup days.

We do not pickup contractor debris, concrete, bricks, asphalt, or rocks. We do not pick up wet paint. We do not pick up chemicals, tires, fluorescent lightbulbs, vehicle batteries, rechargeable batteries, nor the following e-waste items: TVs, computer monitors, computer towers/computer CPUs, laptops, tablets, DESKTOP printers, DESKTOP fax machines.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) also takes care of:

Potholes

Sewer Blocks

Street Signs

Borough Parks

Borough-Owned Trees

Pothole repair, sewer blocks, street signs, or problems with park trees or park equipment, please call the DPW during business hours at 201-387-4055 Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm.

For sewer emergencies after hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please contact the Police Department at 201-387-4000.

For trimming or removal of Borough Shade Trees (planted in Borough right of ways - if you are unsure whether it is a Borough tree or not, call the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3 Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm), write a letter to the Shade Tree Committee at 198 North Washington Avenue, or e-mail Dixie Rainey, Shade Tree Clerk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your e-mail will be forwarded to the Shade Tree Committee. For emergencies due to storm damage, call the DPW Office during business hours or the Police Department after hours.

It is not permitted to blow, shovel, or plow snow or ice into the street (see Borough Code Ch. 273 Article III). It is not permitted to park on Borough roads during snow emergencies (see Borough Code Ch. 299 Section 12).

Leaf collection at curbside begins mid-October to early December; check garbage/recycling pickup schedule calendar for exact dates each year. During this period please place your leaves at the curb. After the last date in December, hold leaves until next vegetative waste collection season begins (in April). In the event it is a late season, bag leaves in biodegradable bags (NO plastic bags) and call the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3, as the DPW will make arrangements to pick up your leaves. Depending on the weather, sometimes leaf collection at curbside will be extended; contact the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3 or check Borough website for updates. The DPW has no control over the weather, leaves must be picked up before it snows. Thank you for your assistance.