Garbage Collections, Recycling & Seasonal Debris

The Borough’s sanitation company is Interstate Waste Services (IWS) at 866-342-5497, and they are responsbile 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. Please call the Department of Public Works at 201-592-3632 if you have any general questions.

View the Borough's 2021 Recycling Schedule (PDF).

BULK ITEMS & "WHITE GOODS" (METAL/APPLIANCES & FURNITURE)

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 (maximum) 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.

Electronics/Computers/PRINTER INK CARTRIDGE RECYCLING

Electronics/Computers can be brought to the Department of Public Work Facility at 530 Jane Street for disposal. This is electronics and computers only (no appliances, A/C, vacuums or microwaves). There is also a bin for recycling small printer ink cartridges. Violators caught dumping trash or unapproved items in the DPW dumpsters will be fined.

SEASONAL PICK-UPS

SPRING/SUMMER LAWN DEBRIS PICK-UP

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

Fall/winter Leaf Pick-up

From November through March, the DPW will collect leaves periodically throughout the season. Fort Lee encourages all residents to bag the leaves in your yard.  Please leave your collections at your curb for easy pick-up. They will not accept plastic bags. Lawn bags or paper bags only, please.

CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION

From Christmas through mid-February, please leave Christmas trees at the curb, free of plastic bags, décorations/lights or tree stands. If you live in a high-rise or apartment complex, please follow the instructions of your management.

As a reminder, there is no garbage or recycling dumping allowed at the Department of Public Works (DPW) or any other Borough property. Curbside pick-up only is allowed. 

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL DISPOSAL

Please be mindful that certain materials cannot be disposed of during routine waste collection and may need to be properly taken care of by the Bergen County Utilities Authority. Visit their website at https://www.bcua.org/ or call 201-641-2552. The BCUA has scheduled waste collection events to conveniently dispose of hazardous materials. Click here for a schedule.

PAPER SHREDDINGAutumn Shredding Event 2021

Why shred your important documents? Consumer fraud and identity theft are becoming an epidemic in our communities so to raise awareness, promote privacy protection and properly dispose of these sensitive papers, we shred them!  In doing so, you are also effortlessly reducing your harmful footprint on the environment.

Fort Lee coordinates two shredding events a year - in the Spring and in the Autumn. Our second shredding event of the year will take place on Saturday, October 9, 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.

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  2. Tuesday & Friday
  3. Wednesday & Saturday
  • Ann Street
  • Camner Street
  • Caspers Lane
  • Catherine Street
  • Center Avenue (Main Street to New York Avenue)
  • Center Street
  • Christie Lane
  • Church Lane
  • Coolidge Avenue
  • Edwin Avenue
  • Fourteenth Street
  • Eighth Street
  • Eleventh Street
  • Elizabeth Street
  • Ellery Avenue
  • Fifteenth Street (North Avenue to Stillwell)
  • Fifth Street
  • First Street
  • Fletcher Avenue
  • Franklin Street
  • Grandview Terrace Place
  • Guntzer Street
  • Hammett Street
  • Hazlet Street
  • Hillcrest Avnenue
  • Hoeflys Lane
  • Hudson Terrace (Main Street to Bridge Plaza South)
  • Jane Street
  • John Street
  • Jones Road
  • Leighton Street
  • Lemoine Avenue (Bridge Plaza North to Englewood Cliffs)
  • Lincoln Avenue
  • Linwood Avenue (North of Main Street)
  • Linwood Drive
  • MacKay Avenue
  • Main Street (Anderson Avenue To Leonia Border)
  • Maple Street
  • Marguerite Street
  • Moore Street
  • Myrtle Avenue
  • New York Avenue
  • Ninth Street
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  • Park Place
  • Ponsi Street
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  • Rossett Street
  • Second Street
  • Seventh Street
  • Short Street
  • Sixth Street
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  • Stillwell Avenue
  • Summitt Avenue
  • Tenth Street
  • Third Street
  • Thirteenth Street
  • Twelfth Street
  • Valley Street
  • Wall Street
  • Walnut Street
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  • Westgate Condos
  • Westview Place
  • William Street
  • Wilson Avenue