Welcome to the City of New Brunswick’s Public Works Department

Click on the Tabs Above to access:

  • Trash and Recycling Information
  • How to Become a Block Captain
  • Sewer and Utility Information
  • Snow Plowing and Street Sweeping Information

Please Note: 

The Electronic (E) Waste Recycling Drop Off at the New Brunswick Department of Public Works (DPW) has temporarily closed as the State of NJ adjusts laws, pricing and procedures for manufacturers to be environmentally aware from the creation to the cessation of their products.

At a time when the City has recently won our first Sustainable Jersey award and when “going green” is a growing issue of importance, ensuring proper product recycling and relegation is the key to doing everything we can today for a better tomorrow!

Beginning on December 12, 2015, only paint and paint related items can be taken to the DPW drop off on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

You can go to the NJDEP E-waste website for a list of recycling companies that recycle Covered Electronic Devices (CED) such as televisions, computer monitors and other digital devices. Plus find out how large items can be picked up at your home so you don’t have to drag it around yourself!

1-866-DEPKNOW or http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/ewaste/index.html

Recycling 101

Recycling can become confusing. From plastics to cans to paper and then you add in those tiny numbers that are supposed to make recycling easier…but the question is, here in New Brunswick, what numbers can you recycle?

Well, here’s the answer plus some helpful hints.

  1. Always recycle #’s 1 and 2Recycling Numbers 1 and 2
  2. Use bins, not bags! Bags get stuck in the recycling equipment at the facilities, cause more collection injuries and delay both trash and recycling collection. So rather than putting your recyclables in bags, please put them in the City recycling bins. Check them out here: http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/blog/2015/03/05/use-bins-not-bags/
  3. Any paper you can easily tear can be recycled
  4. Staples don’t need to be removed from papers
  5. Bottle Caps should be thrown in the trash
  6. Household batteries go in the trash, but rechargeable and cell phone batteries get recycled
  7. Place recycling curbside the night before your recycling collection day after 5:00 p.m.
  8. Bundle and tie all corrugated cardboard for recycling collection.

For an even easier way to figure out what’s recyclable and what’s trash, download the free MyWaste app.


Sustainable Jersey Award-Winning Clean City Block Captain Program

The New Brunswick Clean City Block Captain program is coordinated by the Clean Communities Coordinator, Donna Caputo, to engage neighborhoods through community involvement.

In November of 2015, upon receiving New Brunswick’s first-ever Sustainable Jersey Certification, the Clean City Block Captain program received the Creativity and Innovation Award at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Sustainable Jersey Luncheon!

All residents are encouraged to become Clean City Block Captains. Block Captains are responsible for conducting mini clean-ups on their block throughout the year and they educate neighbors about the significance of keeping their block clean. This grass roots effort keeps litter off the streets and builds community bonds block by block.

The program started in 2010. The City provides Block Captains with bags, gloves, educational materials in both English and Spanish along with technical support from the City of New Brunswick to aid in the clean-up process. The Clean City Block Captain program meets twice a year and active Block Captains receive awards, like certificates and clean-up tools to aid in the clean-up process, and are acknowledged for their participation and dedication to the New Brunswick community.


Block Captains also promote the City’s “Stop-Think-Go Green – Keep New Brunswick Clean” slogan which encourages people to use trash receptacles and recycle. Block Captains take it upon themselves to make a positive impact on the City. They do M.O.R.E.

Motivate others

Organize mini clean-ups

Recruit block captains and Report issues

Educate neighbors

Click Here to download the Clean City Block Application Form
Click Here to view the Stop Think Go Green Keep New Brunswick Clean Program Poster
Click Here to view the Stop Think Go Green Keep New Brunswick Clean Program Poster in Spanish

Use Bins – Not Bags!

002(Click above image for Use Bins – Not Bags! to make it bigger)When disposing of recyclables, New Brunswick residents must use bins instead of bags. But why?

The City of New Brunswick does not allow for pickup of recyclable items in bags. The disposal of recyclables in bins is better for the environment and for the sanitation workers tasked with picking them up.

Bins cost less, they do not produce extra waste, and they’re easier to pick up and empty than bags. They can also get tangled in machines at recycling plants, slowing down the process.

Residents should places their cans, bottles and mixed paper curbside in open ridged containers that are no more than 32 gallons in size and no heavier than 50 pounds. This way, sanitation workers will be best able to quickly and efficiently handle collection.

Check out the flyer above from New Brunswick Department of Public Works for more information about the benefits of bins over bags.

Urban Clean Up Week Information

April 18th through April 26th

Please click these links for the information in both English and Spanish:

2015 Urban Clean Up Week in English

2015 Urban Clean Up Week in Spanish

2015 Pictures:

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Hub City Streets Repairs Information

DPW fixing pothole 2.27.14

Several New Brunswick streets have been recently repaved to keep commuting around New Brunswick smooth and safe!

  • Commercial Avenue between George Street and Neilson Street
  • Georges Road
  • Jefferson Avenue
  • Delavan Street
  • Comstock Street 

Citizens with concerns regarding New Brunswick streets, including pothole reports are asked to call the Department of Public Works at (732) 745-5105 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. After-hours emergencies should be directed to the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200.