Department of Public Works (DPW)

Rechargeable Battery and Electronic Disposal Bins Located at 530 Jane Street

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The DPW would like to remind all residents that their facility (530 Jane Street) is not a "recycling center." Here's a reminder of what can - and cannot be recycled in the Borough:


The DPW will accept electronics and computers only (no appliances, A/C, vacuums or microwaves). Violators caught dumping trash or unapproved items in the DPW dumpsters will be fined.

white goods & bulk items

All residents are allotted a bulk garbage day, which takes place on the second weekly pick-up. This includes (but is not limited to) furniture, mattresses, refrigerators, etc. Two items (max.) of bulk may be left out on this day for pick-up; anything more will not be taken. (Apartment buildings may have different rules for disposing of trash, recycling and bulk items so please check with your management office.)

hazardous materials

Certain materials may need to be properly disposed of by the Bergen County Utilities Authority. Visit their website at or call 201-641-2552. The BCUA has scheduled waste collection events to conveniently dispose of hazardous materials. Find a schedule of BCUA disposal events here.


The Borough coordinates two shredding events a year - in the Spring and in the Autumn. Our first  shredding event of the year will take place on Saturday, April 1st, sponsored by the Borough of Fort lee. Our second shredding event of the year will take place on Saturday, October 7th, sponsored by the Bergen County Utilities Authority. Bring your materials to be shredded between 9am-1pm at the Fort Lee Recreation Center at 1500 Stillwell Avenue. Free paper shredding is for local residents only (proof of Fort Lee residency needed). Limit four bags per household, please. Click here for a schedule of BCUA paper shredding events in the area.  

The Borough’s sanitation company is Interstate Waste Services (IWS) at 866-342-5497, and they are responsible for the pick-up of sanitation and recycling. Any issues with these pick-ups, or if a special pick-up needs to be arranged, please contact IWS directly. 


Interstate Waste Services will collect lawn debris every Monday through October. Branches must be tied smaller than 4 feet. They will not accept plastic bags. Lawn bags or paper bags only, please.  

No dumping in our parks

We kindly ask that residents make full use of the trash receptacles in all of the Borough's parks and public spaces, and please, do not dump your household or commercial refuse. Any person caught disposing of garbage in one of the parks will be issued a fine by the Fort Lee Police Department.

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Mission StatementDPW Bosses

The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides essential services to the residents of Fort Lee in a prompt, courteous, safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. The Public Works, through its dedicated employees, strives to plan, design, build, maintain and operate public infrastructure in a manner that respects the environment and ability of government to adequately preserve these assets for succeeding generations.

The PuDepartment of Public Works Buildingblic Works Department enhances the quality of life through responsible and sound management, innovation, teamwork and vision and to provide dependable, high quality, cost effective and responsive public works to the residents, businesses and visitors of the Borough of Fort Lee.


The Fort Lee Department of Public Works is comprised of several divisions which include:

  • Building and GroundsDPW Snow Plow 2021
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Quality of Life
  • Recycling
  • Roads
  • Sanitation
  • Sewers


A few of the DPW responsibilities include:

  • Fleet Maintenance and RepairsBoro Hall Pumpkin 2020
  • Leaf Collection
  • Municipal Building Maintenance and Repairs
  • Sanitation and Recycling Collection
  • Sewer Maintenance and Repairs
  • Snow Plowing
  • Street Cleaning
  • Street Maintenance and Repairs


The two main utilities in town are electric/gas and water. For electric and gas to be set up in your home, contact PSE&G at 800-436-7734, and for water, contact Suez at 201-489-4161. For a list of all utilities that service the area, please click here

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