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News from the Bergenfield Department of Public Works

Independence Day (Observed) Friday 7/3/20: DPW Garbage & Recycling Holiday Pickup Schedule

Please review your 2020 garbage & recycling pickup schedule calendar for the week of 6/29/20-7/3/20. The Borough is closed Friday 7/3/20 in observance of Independence Day.

PLEASE NOTE: Bulk garbage pickup is on schedule for July 2020. Bulk day pickup in your quadrant is listed on the calendar with the letter "B" in July.

To view your quadrant's 2020 pickup schedule calendar, please click the links below:

Quadrant 1 

Quadrant 2

Quadrant 3 

Quadrant 4 

All carts, vegetative waste, and bulk must be placed at the curb before 6:00am the day of pickup, but not sooner than 6:00pm the night before pickup.

The Recycling Center at 198 N. Washington Ave, behind the DPW building, is open regular hours (closed on holidays): Mon-Fri 8:00am-3:00pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm. Please see the back (pg. 2) of your 2020 garbage & recycling pickup schedule calendar for pictures and descriptions of the items that are accepted at the Recycling Center.

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. .

Do You Have Extra Recycling That Doesn't Fit In Your Recycling Cart?

The Borough of Bergenfield has a contactless drop-off Recycling Center!

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)

Containers at the Recycling Center are labeled - please separate your recyclable items & place them in the proper container.

ONLY these recyclable items are accepted at the Recycling Center (clean, empty & dry):

  • gable-topped cartons
  • paper, including shredded paper (shredded paper does NOT go in the recycling carts)
  • newspaper, magazines, junk mail (NO plastic window envelopes)
  • cardboard (flattened)
  • bottles
  • cans
  • plastics (with #1, #2 & #5 ONLY)

At the Recycling Center, ONLY the following (7) types of electronics are accepted:

  • TVs
  • computer monitors
  • computer towers/computer CPUs
  • laptops
  • tablets
  • DESKTOP printers
  • DESKTOP fax machines

NOT ACCEPTED at the Recycling Center (and not allowed in recycling carts):

  • vegetative waste (grass, branches, leaves, etc.)
  • garbage
  • bulk items
  • paint
  • chemicals
  • hazardous waste
  • tires
  • styrofoam
  • plastic bags
  • plastic wrap, plastic film
  • wrapping paper, tissue paper
  • aluminum foil
  • rocks, asphalt, bricks, concrete, stone
  • fencing
  • contractor debris
  • furniture
  • refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, ovens, hot water heaters, etc.
  • ceiling fans, floor fans, air conditioners
  • clothing, shoes, linens, bedding, pillows, etc.
  • plastic containers #1, #2, #5 larger than 5-gallons
  • any type of flower pot (clay, plastic, etc.)
  • food, liquid
  • caps
  • hangers
  • hoses
  • flammables
  • gas cans, oil cans
  • batteries
  • vacuum cleaners, grills, pressure washers, microwaves, toaster ovens, etc.
  • VCR's, DVD players, radios, CD players, tape players, gaming systems, etc.
  • scrap metal
  • fire extinguishers
  • propane tanks, aerosol cans, any pressurized container
  • anti-freeze
  • light bulbs
  • dishes, drinking glasses, pots, pans, knives, silverware, etc.
  • toys
  • swing sets, playsets, etc.
  • bicycles, scooters, etc.
  • hard covers from books
  • plastic folders
  • pizza boxes
  • windows
  • laundry baskets
  • plastic shelves, plastic storage containers, plastic drawers, plastic tubs
  • wood
  • rope, chains, hoses
  • wires, cords, cables, speakers, mouse, keyboards
  • phones, cell phones
  • car parts
  • medication

For BCUA (County) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events and Recycling Events throughout the year, please CLICK HERE.

Please check your pick-up schedule calendar for materials that the Bergenfield DPW collects curbside, by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions on how or where to dispose of an item, please call the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3, Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm (closed on holidays), or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CONFIRMED (with LOCATION CHANGE): 6/14/20 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Important Notice Regarding the June 14th Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Location

The June 14th Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event originally scheduled for Bergen Community College has been moved to the Bergen County Utilities Authority, Foot of Empire Boulevard, Moonachie. The Bergen Community College location continues to be utilized for COVID-19 testing and is not available to host the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event.  Please see below for directions to the Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) in Moonachie.

The collection hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Due to the COVID-19 safety restrictions that will be implemented to ensure the safety of employees and residents attending the collection event, please be advised that wait times may be extensive.  Please plan accordingly.

Drivers must wear a face covering and items can only be stored in trunk or cargo area of the vehicle.

We ask all participants to be patient while we continue to conduct this important program while at the same time implementing safety procedures for employees and participants. 

Directions to BERGEN COUNTY UTILITIES AUTHORITY (BCUA): Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie, NJ

Traveling Route 17 North:

Exit at Moonachie/Wood-Ridge exit. Make right at light onto Moonachie Ave. Pass Teterboro Airport (on your left) and continue going straight until road ends into BCUA facilities.

Traveling Route 17 South:

Exit at Moonachie/Wood-Ridge exit. (Exit is by The Fiesta.) Make left at light onto Moonachie Avenue. Pass Teterboro Airport (on your left) and continue going straight until road ends into BCUA facilities.

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

July 2020 Bulk Pick-Up (Update 6/9/20)

Bulk garbage pick-up will resume in July 2020 as scheduled. 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.

As a reminder, please note:

- 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..

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., or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and your information will be forwarded to Bergenfield OEM).

Free Tree Seedling Give-A-Way for All Residents

For all Bergenfield residents, there will be a free tree seedling give-a-way, hosted by the Bergenfield Shade Tree Committee, on Friday 6/5/20 from 10am-2pm, at the Bergenfield DPW Garage at 198 N. Washington Ave (behind Borough Hall). There will be a table set up in the open air, and a face covering and social distancing will be required. Hand sanitizer will be available.

If you have questions, please call the DPW Office at 201-387-4055 option 3 Mon-Fri 7am-3:30pm, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CANCELLED: 6/6/20 BCUA Tires/Electronics/Mobile Paper Shredding Collection Event at Bergen County Campgaw Reservation

PLEASE NOTE, due to COVID-19 concerns/restrictions:

The BCUA’s Saturday, June 6th Tires/Electronics/Mobile Paper Shredding Collection Event scheduled for Bergen County Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah has been cancelled. 

Until further notice, the BCUA has suspended its electronics recycling program and composter sales at its Little Ferry/Moonachie facility.

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2020 BCUA (County) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

For locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, click here: 2020 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

2020 BCUA (County) Tire Recycling/Electronics Recycling/Mobile Paper Shredding Events

For locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, click here: 2020 BCUA Tires/E-Waste/Paper Shredding Events

Memorial Day 5/25/20: DPW Garbage & Recycling Holiday Pickup Schedule

Please review your 2020 garbage & recycling pickup schedule calendar for the week of 5/25/20-5/29/20. The Borough is closed Monday 5/25/20 in observance of Memorial Day.

To view your quadrant's 2020 pickup schedule calendar, please click the links below:

Quadrant 1

Quadrant 2 

Quadrant 3 

Quadrant 4 

All carts and vegetative waste must be placed at the curb before 6:00am the day of pickup, or after 6:00pm the night before pickup.

Please note: NO PLASTIC BAGS in recycling carts (carts with green lid). Plastic bags may be re-used, recycled at local retail store drop boxes (where available), or placed in the regular garbage. Place your recycling loose in the recycling cart - do not bag your recyclables.

The Recycling Center at 198 N. Washington Ave, behind the DPW building, is open regular hours (closed on holidays): Mon-Fri 8:00am-3:00pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm. Please see the back (pg. 2) of your 2020 garbage & recycling pickup schedule calendar for pictures and descriptions of the items that are accepted at the Recycling Center.

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. .

CANCELLED: 5/9/20 BCUA Hazardous Waste Collection Event at Bergen County Campgaw Reservation

PLEASE NOTE, due to COVID-19 concerns/restrictions:

The BCUA’s Saturday, May 9th Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for Bergen County Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah has been cancelled. 

Until further notice, the BCUA has suspended its electronics recycling program and composter sales at its Little Ferry/Moonachie facility.

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2020 BCUA (County) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

For locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, click here: 2020 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

2020 BCUA (County) Tire Recycling/Electronics Recycling/Mobile Paper Shredding Events

For locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, click here: 2020 BCUA Tires/E-Waste/Paper Shredding Events

DPW Garbage & Recycling Holiday Schedule

Please review your 2020 garbage & recycling pickup schedule calendar for the upcoming holidays during the week of 4/6/20-4/10/20. The Borough is closed Friday 4/10/20.

To view your quadrant's 2020 pickup schedule calendar, please click the links below:

Quadrant 1

Quadrant 2 

Quadrant 3 

Quadrant 4 

All carts must be placed at the curb before 6:00am the day of pickup, or after 6:00pm the night before pickup.

PLEASE NOTE: Bulk garbage pickup has been canceled for the month of April 2020 for all quadrants. To view the announcement, please click here: Bulk Garbage Canceled for April 2020

Regular garbage pickup, recycling pickup, and vegetative waste pickup remain on schedule as listed on your 2020 pickup schedule calendar.

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. .

CANCELLED: 4/5/20 BCUA Hazardous Waste Event & 4/26/20 BCUA Recycling Event at Bergen Community College

PLEASE NOTE, due to COVID-19 concerns/restrictions:

The BCUA’s Sunday, April 5th Household Hazardous Waste collection event scheduled for Bergen Community College has been cancelled. 

The BCUA’s Sunday, April 26th Tires/Electronics/Mobile Paper Shredding Collection Event scheduled for Bergen Community College has been cancelled.

Until further notice, the BCUA has suspended its electronics recycling program and composter sales at its Little Ferry/Moonachie facility.

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2020 BCUA (County) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

For locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, click here: 2020 BCUA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

2020 BCUA (County) Tire Recycling/Electronics Recycling/Mobile Paper Shredding Events

For locations, dates, times & list of accepted items, click here: 2020 BCUA Tires/E-Waste/Paper Shredding Events