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

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:
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:

Disposal Guide
Bergen County Utilities Authority
Side Yard Pick-Up Application
New Jersey WasteWise Bulletin

Paper, Cardboard, and Newspaper

Allendale is dual stream! On your recycling, Thursday, place your cardboard, junk mail, and newspaper in one container at your curb by 6:00 AM.

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. On your recycling, Thursday, place your commingled recycling at your curb by 6:00 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
Please refer to the Recycling Newsletter by clicking here.

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 7 am 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 7 am 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.

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. Holidays include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving 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.

Saturdays – 9am to 3pm

Sundays – 9am to 1pm

From April 10, 2021 to December 12, 2021.

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 3 pm and Sunday 9 pm to 1 pm, from April 10, 2021 to December 12, 2021.

Allendale Compost Permit Application