DPW / Garbage / Recycling

Director: Dan Scudieri                                                                                                
Superintendent: William Lawlor
Secretary:                                                                                                                  
Email: DPW  /  Phone: (201) 664-3268
Office Hours: M thru F 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM (closed for lunch 12:00 -12:30).               


ECOLOGY FACILITY PERMIT FORM - (DPW Yard Sticker)Residents bringing material to the DPW yard must display their dumping permit on their vehicle or dumping will not be permitted.  *Permits may be obtained from the Township Clerk at 350 Hudson Ave. on the 2nd Fl (Since town hall is closed to residents at this time, you may mail in your form or drop it off in the drop box outside of town hall - the clerks office will contact you for pickup.)  
HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE - The Township of Washington does NOT collect your regular household garbage. You must make arrangements with a waste hauler licensed by the State of New Jersey.  Please call the numbers listed below to arrange directly for pick-up of your household trash and obtain pricing, updates, and bag options. Among waste haulers that currently operate in the Township are:
  
 Waste Management of NE NJ
  61-75 Broad Ave. Fairview, NJ 07022
                  800-633-9096 / Email
 
 
  Buldo Sanitation, Inc.     
  591 Cleveland Ave. River Vale, NJ 07675
  201-666-8361/ Email
 
  Gaeta Recyling, Inc.
   278 West Railway Ave. Paterson, NJ 07503
   973-278-6625 / Email  
 
  JC Sanitation, LLC
  751 Palisade Ave. Teaneck, NJ 07666 
 877-908-7274 or 201-836-1208 / Email

DPW YARD DEBRIS DROP-OFF GUIDLINES DURING COVID-19
Yard drop off hours:  SATURDAYS - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM &  *TUESDAYS - 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
NOTE:  DPW Yard will be CLOSED the week of household debris (bulk) curbside collection.

 

Residents depositing debris at the yard must be able to bring items to the truck/compactor without the assistance of DPW employees who are present to run the equipment and maintain an orderly flow of vehicles only.  Please adhere to the socially distant guidlines:

  • Please wear a protective face covering (mask) and maintain 6 ft seperation 
  • Drop off items as expeditiously as possible & depart the premise promptly 
  • You must have an ecology permit in order to utilize facility 
  • Have permit ready to display or on vehicle in an easily readable location 
  • No oversize loads, please be considerate of your neighbors 
  • Auto and DRY cell batteries, oil waste ARE acceptable
  • NO Anti-Freeze, gasoline, construction, lumber, tires, compressed cylinders, recyclables or plastic bag bundling accepted. 

FREE WOOD CHIPS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS

With the warmer weather approaching the Township of Washington DPW will be do some trimming and chipping of tree limbs on Township properties / parks and would like to offer wood chips to Township residents.  The wood chips will be piled at Sherry Field and available for residents to load themselves.
2021 HOUSEHOLD (BULK) AND GARDEN DEBRIS COLLECTION PROGRAM 
 

GRASS COLLECTION APRIL 5 - OCT 22  /  HOUSEHOLD (BULK) COLLECTION APRIL 5 - OCT 8

The Township provides a collection program for grass, garden, and household debris (a.k.a. bulk pick up) for residents through curbside collection and by drop off to the DPW YARD as reflected below.  It does not include garbage, recyclable materials, electronics and hazardous materials.

                                                                  

CURBSIDE GRASS & GARDEN DEBRIS – EVERY WEEK


GRASS & GARDEN DEBRIS will be picked up at the curb EVERY WEEK on your designated day based on what zone you live in (click here and click each zone to view the corresponding zone maps). All material must be in biodegradable bags or in covered containers no larger than 32 gallons. Containers cannot weigh more than 50 lbs.  NO boxes, plastic boxes, containers without a lid, or plastic containers exceeding 50 lbs. may be used. 

BRANCHES & LIMBS up to 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length in bundles should be neatly stacked and tied.  NO LOGS. To find out your pick up day, please click on each Zone to view the corresponding map in the chart below.

 
      

CURBSIDE HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS (BULK) PICKUP– ONCE A MONTH 
 
HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS (BULK) will be picked up at the curb ONCE A MONTH on your designated date based on the zone schedule below. NO construction materials, household trash, electronics, recyclables or hazardous materials may be placed at the curb.  To find out your pickup day, click on each Zone to view the corresponding map in the chart below.  NOTE:  DPW Yard will be CLOSED the week of household debris (bulk) curbside collection.  See chart below.
 

YOUR DAYS FOR DEBRIS PICK-UP - 2021
 

(Click on zones for pick up day)
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUG
SEPT
OCT
Mon.
5
3
7
12
2
13
4
Tue.
6
4
8
13
3
14
5
Wed.
7
5
9
14
4
15
6
Thur.
8
6
10
15
5
16
7
Fri.
9
7
11
16
6
17
8

 

*ELECTRONICS can only be brought to the DPW Yard area on the specially scheduled E-Recycling / Shredding Days.
See link regarding Bergen County Depot here: 
Computer and Electronics Recycling Depot
 

WHITE GOODS other than ELECTRONICS* - Please do not put at the curb until a request is made and scheduled.
WHITE GOODS i.e. Refrigerators, Freezers, Washers, Dryers, (doors removed), Water Heaters, BBQ Grills, Air Conditioners, etc. will be picked by appointment. Please call the DPW at 201-664-3268 to schedule curbside pick up if you have a white good item to be picked up.

       

 
 
 
 
*DROP OFF AT DPW YARD IS BY PERMIT ONLY   • SATURDAYS - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM • TUESDAYS - 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Items eligible for curbside pickup can be brought to the DPW Yard but NO PLASTIC BAGS. Residents bringing material to the DPW yard must display their dumping permit on their vehicle or dumping will not be permitted.  Permits may be purchased from the Twp Clerk at 350 Hudson Ave., Mon. thru Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
                                                                   
 
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS including paint cans, oil containers, and propane tanks must be brought to Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. If there are any questions, you can call the BCUA Environmental Program Hotline: 201-807-5825. 

    
 
 
 

 ELECTRONICS MUST BE RECYCLED AND CANNOT BE PUT IN THE GARBAGE

 
The Bergen County Utilities Authority operates a Computer and Electronics Recycling Depot for all BERGEN COUNTY residents.  The Recycling Depot is open Monday to Friday between 8:00am and Noon. Materials are accepted by appointment only.  Please contact the Recycle Hotline at 201-807-5825 to schedule an appointment or for more information.For more information go to: www.bcua.org 

                                                             WHITE GOODS (Household Appliances)  CURBSIDE PICK UP PROCEDURE

Please CALL the DPW garage at (201) 664-3268 to schedule an appointment for white goods and metal curbside pick up. There will be no white goods or metal (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, water heaters, barbecue grills, air –conditioners, etc.) picked up during leaf collection.  First pickup of white goods and metal will resume after completion of leaf collection.
*NO WHITE GOODS OR METAL GOODS ARE TO BE BROUGHT TO THE DPW YARD

For informaiton on disposing of Hazardous Waste, please call the Bergen County Utilities Authority at 201-807-5825., or visit www.bcua.org.  (2021 collection schedule tba & listed below).  Examples of some common hazardous waste include:  paints, automotive products and oils, aerosols, pesticides, propane tanks, gas tanks, and flammable materials. 


2021 RECYCLING PROGRAM
Glass, aluminum beverage cans, plastic and tin cans will be collected curbside co-mingled (mixed). Co-mingled will consist of the following:  Aluminum Cans (UBC), Tin Cans (Steel, Tin and Bi-Metal Cans), Plastic labeled with numbers 1 through 7, Glass Bottles (Clear, Brown, and Green only), Milk Cartons (gable top cartons), and Aseptic packages (shelf stable juice boxes).  This means that all colors of glass (white, brown, green), aluminum beverage containers, steel cans, and plastic containers can be placed in the same receptacle for collection according to your section on the map. Newspapers and magazine, junk mail and corrugated cardboard will be collected curbside in either brown paper bags or tied twice in 12 inch high bundles (NO plastic bags). Questions for RECYCLING issues will be addressed by calling Buldo Sanitation at 201-666-8298.

PICK UP SCHEDULE - We recycle every other week on Wednesdays.  Recycling is picked up by Buldo Sanitation who can be reached at 201-666-8298. The Township Calendar will indicate the recycling days for the Northeast and Northwest/South Sides of Town. Northeast Side - All residences north of Ridgewood Rd AND east of Pascack Rd including the east side of Pascack Road. Northwest/South Side– All residences in other parts of Town.    (Click here for a LIST OF STREETS to determine which zone you are in for recycling pick up.)

 

NEW - STYROFOAM  RECYCLING COLLECTION BIN -  The Township of Washington Green Team started a new Styrofoam recycling program in 2019. Our Department of Public Works accepts EPS foam sheets, coolers and packaging to be recycled during regular operating hours. (Saturdays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM and Tuesdays 7:00 AM-3:00 PM) This program is open to all Township residents (non commercial) for drop off at the DPW yard by ecology permit (DPW sticker) only. This program was funded by a Grant from the State. Please click here for futher information on the types of acceptable styrofoam.


2021 BCUA Househould Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule 

The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) will once again conduct eight household hazardous waste collection events in 2021 throughout the county. Collections are Free for Bergen County Residents - ID is required.  Household hazardous waste will be accepted from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, (rain or shine) at the following centrally located areas:

Bergen County Utilities Authority, Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie
Saturday, March 6th, 2021
Saturday, November 13th, 2021

Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus
Sunday April 11th, 2021
Sunday, June 13th, 2021 

Sunday, October 17th, 2021

Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Saturday, May 15th, 2021 
Saturday, July 10th, 2021
Saturday, September 11th, 2021


*Please do NOT bring Computers/Electronics/Tires on the Above Dates

 

The BCUA conducts computer and electronic collection events during the year throughout the county. The 2021 events will be at the following locations and dates:

Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus
Sunday, April 25th, 2021 
Saturday, August 7th, 2021

Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Saturday, June 5th, 2021 
Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Materials will be collected between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine

Tire Recycling, Computer/Electronic, & Paper Shredding on the Above Dates

2021 PAPER SHREDDING & E-RECYCLING EVENTS 

THE NEXT  RECYCLING EVENT TBA 
Bring your papers / documents to be shredded.  NO plastic bags, books, binder clips or 3-ring binders. 

When we do have an Electronics Event scheduled, electronics included are: VHS / DVD players etc. Computers, Printers, Scanners, Monitors, TV's
TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON
2021 LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE 
BEGINS NOVEMBER 1, 2021
(*There is NO white goods pick up during leaf collection and the DMF yard will be closed Tuesday, but remain open on Saturday.) 

Under New Jersey’s Recycling Law, leaves must be composted.  The Township’s composting facility will only accept bulk leaves, free of debris and branches.  Residents are requested to place leaves at the curb for collection by the Township’s equipment in accordance with the ZONES and DATES below.  The start dates for each zone are estimates only based on equipment, weather and volume. CREWS WILL WORK FROM WEST TO EAST IN EACH ZONE.  A second pass of each zone shall start after the completion of the first collection.  All leaves are to be placed at the curb no later than December 6, 2021.  To insure that you do not miss your scheduled leaf collection, please consult the following schedule and have your leaves at curbside by the dates listed below.  
 
ZONE 1 – STARTS NOVEMBER 1
Areas west of Pascack Road, north of East Glen Avenue, and Linwood Avenue. 
ZONE 2 – STARTS NOVEMBER 8
Area north of Washington Avenue, to Wearimus Road, and areas west of and intersecting with Van Emburgh Avenue.  Also Devon Rd.,
Woodfield Rd., Strattford Court, Westgate Rd., Pine Lake Dr., Melba Way, and Chimney Ridge Court.
 
ZONE 3 – STARTS NOVEMBER 15
Areas east of the Musquapsink Brook and Washington Lake and South of Washington Avenue.

 
ALL LEAVES ARE TO BE PLACED AT CURB NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 6th
 
*This schedule is only a guide and may be delayed due to inclement weather.  Please be patient*.

DO NOT RAKE LEAVES INTO THE STREET. If you live on a County Road (Pascack, Washington, Van Emburgh, E. Glen, Linwood, Ridgewood, Wearimus), please put leaves in barrels or brown biodegradable bags.  PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT TO BE USED - NO EXCEPTIONS.  
 
OTHER MATERIALS SUCH AS DEBRIS, GRASS CLIPPNGS, AND BRANCHES ARE NOT TO BE PLACED WITH LEAVES.  Leaves and other yard debris may be brought to the DPW Yard on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. However, leaves being brought to the DPW Yard must be in barrels or biodegradable bags only.  NO PLASTIC BAGS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

*During leaf collection season, the DPW yard will be closed Tuesday but remain open on Saturday
 
Residents bringing material to the DPW Yard MUST display a dumping permit (a.k.a.Ecology facility permit form)  Permits may be purchased for a $10 fee from the Township Clerk at 350 Hudson Avenue Monday thorugh Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Click here for form.

REMINDERS:
  • FOR SAFETY REASONS DO NOT PARK VEHICLES ON LEAVES!
  • DO NOT PLACE LEAVES ON OR NEAR FIRE HYDRANTS.
  • KEEP LEAVES AT LEAST 10 FEET AWAY FROM CATCH BASINS AS PER DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REGULATIONS.
  • LEAVES MAY NOT BE PUT AT CURB OR ALONG STREET LINE MORE THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO SCHEDULED COLLECTION DATE.
  • LEAVES MIXED WITH BRANCHES OR DEBRIS WILL CLOG THE LEAF MACHINE AND WILL NOT BE PICKED UP ON COUNTY ROADS.
  • CHRISTMAS TREES WILL BE PICKED UP AT THE CURB STARTING JANUARY 4 AND WILL LAST ABOUT 2 WEEKS. THERE IS NO SET SCHEDULE PICKUP.
  • NO CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL LUMBER, TIRES, COMPRESSED CYLINDERS, OR RECYCLABLE ITEMS ARE ACCEPTED AT THE DPW YARD.
  • THE WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 13 WAS THE END OF HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS COLLECTION.

ELECTRONICS MUST BE RECYCLEDELECTRONICS CAN NOT BE PUT IN THE GARBAGE


The BCUA operates a NJDEP approved Computer and Electronics Recycling Depot for all Bergen County residents located at the foot of Empire Blvd. in Moonochie, NJ.  All types of computer and electronic equipment are collected for recycling.  The Computer and Electronics Recycling Depot is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Contact the BCUA Environmental Programs Hotline at 201 807- 8525 for more information. 
 

There will be no white goods or metal (refrigerators, washers, dryers, water heaters, barbecue grills, air –conditioners, etc.) picked up during leaf collection.  First pickup of white goods and metal will resume after completion of leaf collection. Please call the DPW garage for the scheduled date so your address can be added to the list for white goods and metal pick up. 

NO WHITE GOODS OR METAL GOODS ARE TO BE BROUGHT TO THE DPW YARD.
 
During the months of October through March there is no special pickup of household debris EXCEPT for residents moving in or out of town, subject to the availability of DPW vehicles.  New residents and residents leaving town must call the DPW to inquire about a pickup.

For informaiton on disposing of Hazardous Waste, please call the Bergen County Utilities Authority at 201-807-5825., or visit www.bcua.org.  Examples of some common hazardous waste include:  paints, automotive products and oils, aerosols, pesticides, propane tanks, gas tanks, and flammable materials.  Questions for RECYCLING issues will be addressed by calling Buldo Sanitation at 201-666-8298.
 
PLEASE BE COURTEOUS TO THE LEAF CREWS AND REDUCE SPEED WHEN LEAF COLLECTION EQUIPMENT IS IN SIGHT.
• STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLAN
• STORMWATER TIP BROCHURE

 
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Ord. 6-10 Adopted 6.12.06
Municipal Stormwater Management Plan Ord. 6-10 Adopted 6.12.06
Pet Waste Ord. 11-07 Adopted 4.25.11
Wildlife Feeding Ord. 11-07 Adopted 4.25.11
Litter Control Ord. 6-17 Adopted 6.26.06
Improper Disposal of Waste Ord. 7-14 Adopted 10.15.07
Containerized Yard Waste/YW Collection Program Ord. 7-14 Adopted 10.15.07
Private Storm Drain Inlet Retrofitting Ord. 15-11 Adopted 6.17.06
Stormwater Control Ord. 6-17 Adopted 10.15.17
Illicit Connection; and  Ord. 6-11 Adopted 6.12.06
Refuse Container/Dumpster Ord. 15-12 Adopted 8.17.15