Public Works (DPW)

The Department of Public Works

The Department of Public Works employees work from 7am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.  You can contact the DPW by calling (201) 818-4410 or by e-mailing them at publicworks@allendalenj.gov.

Ron Kistner is the Director of Operations;  The department includes 7 laborers, 1 mechanic and 1 part timer.  The Department of Public Works maintains the overall maintenance of the Borough of Allendale including:
Streets
Parks
Building and Grounds
Recreation Fields
Crestwood Lake/Park

Garbage Collection

Suburban Disposal (Roselle) performs garbage collection in the Borough of Allendale under a contract with the municipality.  Collection on the west side of Allendale takes place on Mondays.  Collection on the east side of Allendale takes place on Tuesday.  During the summer, there are two collections during the week; west side is Mondays and Thursdays; east side is Tuesdays and Fridays.  The NJ Transit Railroad divides the borough in half.   Containers must be placed at the curb before 7am on the day of collection.  Side yard collection is available but requires the homeowner to set up the pick-up with a separate contractor for a fee, not the borough.

Please click on the following links for further information: 
2017 Garbage and Recycling Dates and Information
2017 Garbage and Recycling Newsletter 
Disposal Guide
Bergen County Utilities Authority
Side Yard Pick-Up Application
New Jersey WasteWise Bulletin

Paper, Cardboard, and Newspaper

Note: The third Wednesday of each month is no longer a collection date since cardboard will be collected with paper products.

Allendale is going dual stream! Starting January 1, 2015 Allendale is improving its curbside recycling program by introducing a simple, efficient way to recycle cardboard and mixed paper. On your recycling, Thursday, place your cardboard, junk mail, and newspaper in one container at your curb by 7 AM. Please click here for the complete Solid Waste & Recycling Curbside Regulations & Schedule.

The Department of Public Works encourages residents to bring any of these items to Allendale’s Recycling Center. At the Recycling Center, labeled bins make recycling quick and easy. Materials should be left loose, and put in the proper, provided container.

Items Accepted
Newspaper and inserts
Cardboard boxes/press board
Cereal, pasta, tissue boxes, toilet paper roll, paper towel roll
Junk mail, envelopes, office paper, construction paper
Brown Paper Bags
Magazines, catalogs, phone books, soft covered books
Shredded paper
Empty and unsoiled pizza boxes
Non-metallic wrapping paper and greeting cards

Items NOT Accepted
Paper soiled with grease, paint, etc.
Wax-coated paper
Hard covered books (if the covers are removed, then acceptable to recycle)

Commingled Recycling
Curbside commingled recycling takes place on every other Thursday. Please click this link for the 2017 Garbage and Recycling Dates and Information. On your recycling, Thursday, place your commingled recycling at your curb by 7 AM. Commingled recycled items can be put together in containers, no larger than 30 gallons ONLY. No Plastic Bags. See link below for further information.
Please rinse all items of debris before placing them out for collection; the town gets financially penalized when items are recycled with residue and caps left on.

Collected Items
all glass (clear, green, and brown)
aluminum/bimetal (tin) cans
food and beverage plastic containers #1 through 7
aseptic packaging (juice boxes, milk cartons)

Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) Recycling Events 

Please find listed below the dates for the BCUA’s 2017 Computer/Electronics Recycling, Tire Recycling & Paper Shredding Events. The collection hours are 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine). Click here for the flyer. 

Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd., Paramus
Sunday, April 9th
Saturday, August 19th

Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation
200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Saturday, June 3rd
Sunday, Oct. 22nd

Please find listed below the confirmed dates for the BCUA’s 2017 Household Hazardous Waste collection events. The collection hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine). Click here for the flyer. 

Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd., Paramus
Sunday, April 30th.
Sunday, June 25th.
Sunday, October 15th.

Bergen County Utilities Authority
Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie
Saturday, March 11th.
Saturday, November 18th.

Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation
200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Saturday, May 13th.
Saturday, July 22nd.
Saturday, September 9th.

Bulk Trash
Bulk trash collection on the east side of Allendale is on the first Wednesday of every month; collection on the west side of Allendale is on the second Wednesday of every month.  Items must be placed at the curb before 7am on the day of collection. Accepted items include furniture, carpeting, non-metal items.  Please note that bulk trash cannot be dropped off at the Recycling Center.

Scrap Metal
The collection of scrap metal is on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the curb.  Acceptable items must be at least 75% metal.  These items include bicycles, washers, dryers, cookie sheets, coat hangers, cast-iron radiators, refrigerators*, and a/c units*.  Please make sure all items are visible at the curb.  Items must be placed at the curb before 7am on the day of collection.

*By law, appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. containing Freon or CFC’s must be certified the Freon or CFC’s have been removed by a certified person or vendor and that a sticker (supplied by the removal company) is attached to the appliance.  Appliances without a sticker will not be collected.

 

Move Outs
Please call (201) 818-4410 two weeks prior to the moving date to plan for a special, one-time collection of items that you will not be taking with you.  The collection day will be with your regular garbage/bulk collection.  Some recycled items, such as paper, books, magazines, textiles (towels, sheets, etc.), will not be collected curbside but can be brought to the Recycling Center.

Please plan accordingly by checking collection dates for all recyclable items.  The borough recommends donating furniture that moving residents will not be using in their new homes.  Please click on the organization names for more information on their pick-up service: Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Vietnam Veterans of America.  Click here for an article from the May 2014 issue of (201) Magazine about the importance of donating gently used products.

Holidays
When collection falls on a borough holiday, collections for the week will be made the next day throughout the week—Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc.  Borough holidays include New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Christmas Day.

Inclement Weather
Every attempt is made to collect during inclement weather.  Although the weather may disrupt or delay collections, the contractor is required to collect garbage.  Please remember that it is the responsibility of each property owner to make sure that the contractor has safe access to the collection point.  All snow and ice must be removed or treated so they can collect it safely.  Do not place items on top of snow banks.

Recycling Center
The center is located at 300 West Crescent Avenue.  Items that are accepted at the center are junk mail, magazines, office paper, cardboard, commingled recyclables, soft covered books, and used clothing/textiles.  Please place items in the appropriate container for recycling.

The hours of operation for the summer/fall are Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm;  the hours of operation for the winter beginning Dec 27, are Saturday 9 am to 3:30pm.  Closed on Sundays during the winter.

Compost Site
All grass, leaves, and brush are accepted with a residential compost permit.  This permit can be purchased at Borough Hall for $30.  There is no curbside collection of grass and brush.  Please note that landscapers and contractors are not allowed to use the compost site.  Click here for more information about the compost site.

The hours of operation at the compost are Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm, from April 4 through mid-December.

Fall Leaf Collection

The Department of Public Works collects bagged leaves in the autumn.  All leaves must be left at curbside for collection in brown biodegradable paper bags only!  Please check back before the Fall of 2017 for collection dates.