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 City’s computer / TV / paint recycling drop-off center is open the second Saturday of every month from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Department of Public Works (400 Jersey Avenue).

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.


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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Clean City Block Captain Information


On March 23, 2015, the Clean City Block Captain meeting recapped the program and what it means to Keep New Brunswick Clean!

Awards were given along with free tools, bins and recycled accessories.

Block Captains not only help keep their neighborhoods clean, but they 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

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.