DPW / Garbage / Recycling / Stormwater

*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.

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.)  DROP OFF AT DPW YARD IS BY PERMIT ONLY • SATURDAYS - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM • TUESDAYS - 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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 201-737-0514 / Email

DPW YARD DEBRIS DROP-OFF GUIDELINES (Permit Required)
Yard drop off hours:  SATURDAYS - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM & *TUESDAYS - 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM (*Except during leaf 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 guidelines:

 
  • 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 ARE acceptable - waste oil is NOT accepted at this time
  • NO Anti-Freeze, gasoline, construction, lumber, tires, compressed cylinders, recyclables or plastic bag bundling accepted. 
2023 HOUSEHOLD (BULK) AND GARDEN DEBRIS COLLECTION PROGRAM 
 

GRASS COLLECTION APRIL 3 - OCTOBER 20  /  HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS (BULK) COLLECTION APRIL 10 - OCTOBER 6

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 BY ZONE - BEGINNING 4/03/23 - 10/16/23 

 
GRASS & GARDEN DEBRIS will be picked up at the curb EVERY WEEK on your designated day based on what zone you live in .
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.
 

Monday - ZONE 1  • Tuesday - ZONE 2  •  Wednesday - ZONE 3  •  Thursday - ZONE 4  •  Friday - ZONE 5
 
      
F.A.Q.:  HOW DO I KNOW WHAT ZONE MY STREET IS IN???
ANSWER: CLICK HERE FOR A  STREET LIST BY ZONE FOR ALL DEBRIS COLLECTION!!! 

 
CURBSIDE HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS (BULK) PICKUP– ONCE A MONTH BEGINNING 4/10/23 - 10/06/23 
 
HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS (BULK) will be picked up at the curb ONCE A MONTH on your designated date based on the zone schedule below.
We ask that you place no more than 10 items at the curb per pick up. NO construction materials, white goods, household trash, electronics, recyclables or hazardous materials may be placed at the curb.  To find out your pickup day, view the steet list for debris collection above.  
Pick up occurs the first full working week of each month. See chart below.

 
WEEKS FOR HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS PICK-UP - 2023 *DPW Yard is CLOSED the week of household debris curbside collection*

APRIL - Week of 4/10  
MAY - Week of 5/1 
JUNE - Week of 6/5 
JULY - Week of 7/10
AUGUST - Week of 8/7 
SEPTEMBER - Week of 9/11 
OCTOBER - Week of 10/2

Monday - ZONE 1  • Tuesday - ZONE 2  •  Wednesday - ZONE 3  •  Thursday - ZONE 4  •  Friday - ZONE 5

 

*ELECTRONICS CANNOT BE PUT IN THE GARBAGE - please bring your electronics to a local E-Recycling event or drop off at the BCUA - see the link here:  Computer and Electronics Recycling Depot 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 on local county e-recycling events visit: www.bcua.org 

WHITE GOODS other than ELECTRONICS* - Please DO NOT put at the curb until a request is made and scheduled by the DPW. WHITE GOODS i.e. Refrigerators, Freezers, Washers, Dryers, (doors removed), Water Heaters, BBQ Grills, Lawn Mowers, 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.

 
 
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS including paint cans, oil containers, and propane tanks must be brought to one of the county's hazardous waste collection events scheduled throughout the year. See below for this year's flyers. (2023 coming soon!) For any questions, call the BCUA Environmental Program Hotline: 201-807-5825.

 
 
 

PAPER SHREDDING & E-RECYCLING EVENT - Saturday, April 22 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Bethany Community Ctr Parking Lot - 605 Pascack Rd.

Bring your papers / documents to be shredded.  PAPER MUST BE DRY - any damp or wet papers will be rejected. 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  *BCUA Sponsored Event for Township Residents Only.


2023 BCUA Househould Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule 

The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) will once again conduct eight household hazardous waste collection events in 2023 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:

2023 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event Dates:
 
Bergen County Utilities Authority
Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Saturday, November 18, 2023
 
Bergen County Campgaw Reservation
200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Saturday, September 9, 2023
 
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd., Paramus
Sunday, April 16, 2023
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Sunday, October 15, 2023
HHW event collection hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine)

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

The BCUA conducts computer & electronic collection, paper shredding, tire recycling and unwanted medication collection during the year throughout the county. The 2023 Document Shredding, Electronics Recycling and Tire Recycling Event Dates

Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd., Paramus
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Saturday, August 12, 2023
 
Bergen County Campgaw Reservation
200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Saturday, June 3, 2023
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Document shredding, electronics and tire recycling event collection hours are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (rain or shine)

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

*For additional recycling and shredding events through out the year by the county, visit the BCUA website here.
***Styrofoam Collection is temporarily halted at this time. Check back for updates as they are available***
 

2023 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.)

STYROFOAM  RECYCLING COLLECTION BIN -  (TEMPORARILY HALTED - NO COLLECTION AT THIS TIME) 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.


FREE WOOD CHIPS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS IN THE SUMMER

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.
TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON
2023 LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE 
BEGINS OCTOBER 30, 2023
(*There is NO white goods pick up during leaf collection and the DMF yard will be CLOSED Tuesday, but remain open on Saturday.) 

Residents are responsible for raking leaves into piles and placing them at the curb.  Avoid placing leaves on top of storm drains and keep piles clear of litter, branches and other debris for recycling purposes. Plastic bags are NOT acceptable, however Biodegradable bags are permitted. If you live on a county road, place leaves in barrels or biodegradable bags, do not rake leaves into the street. To avoid a fire hazard, do not park on leaves. CREWS WILL WORK FROM WEST TO EAST IN EACH ZONE.  A second pass of each zone will begin after the completion of the first collection. Collection is weather dependent - please be patient. To ensure that you do not miss your scheduled leaf collection, please consult the following schedule and have your leaves curbside by the dates listed below.  

FOR A COMPLETE STREET LIST BY ZONE FOR LEAF COLLECTION - click here

ZONE 1 – STARTS OCTOBER 30 
Areas west of Pascack Road, north of East Glen Avenue, and Linwood Avenue. 
 Zone Map →
ZONE 2 – STARTS NOVEMBER 6
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 13
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 8th
 
*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 2 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.

                                                             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, barbeque grills, air conditioners, lawn mowers 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

 

• STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLAN
• STORMWATER TIP BROCHURE


TOWNSHIP CODE -> STORMWATER 
 
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
Stormwater Control Ord. 21-12 Adopted 8.9.21