Sanitation Department

The Sanitation Department is currently comprised of 30 employees, two of which handle the Street Sweeping Program. The other 28 employees are responsible for the collection of garbage, rubbish, recycling, litter cans, cleaning of bus shelters, office personnel and miscellaneous operations. The Sanitation and Recycling Office is located at 120 East Broadway, Hackensack, NJ on the 2nd floor. For questions or information regarding any of these services, please call 201-646-3955 or the Recycling Hot Line at 201-646-8049. Don’t forget to visit our FAQ section below.

FAQ's

Rubbish

Q. What day is Rubbish Collection?
A.
 Rubbish will be collected every other Wednesday. Routes 1-5 will be collected one week and Routes 6-10 will be collected the following Wednesday. Please refer to your most recent Recycling Calendar for the collection date that corresponds with your Route.

Q. How do I find out what recycling route I’m on?
A. Check the latest recycling calendar. Find your address and the corresponding Route Number.

Q. When should I place rubbish at the curb for collection?
A.
 Anything put at the curb for collection should be done after 6:00 P.M. the night before the scheduled collection day.

Q. Is there a limit to what can be put out for rubbish collection?
A.
 By Ordinance, you are limited to two (2) furniture items or two (2) bags of debris.

Q. Can metal items be placed at the curb for rubbish collection; i.e metal desk, metal filing cabinet.
A.
 All metal items are considered white goods and are collected for a fee of $10.00 and by appointment. See white goods under this section.

Garbage

Q. What day is my regular household garbage collected?
A
. Recycling Routes 1 & 2 are collected every Monday, Routes 3 & 4 are Collected every Tuesday, Routes 5 & 6 are collected every Wednesday, 7 & 8 are collected every Thursday, and Routes 9 & 10 are collected every Friday. If your collection day is a holiday, your garbage will be collected on the following day.

Q. How do I find out what recycling route I’m on?
A. 
Check the Recycling Calendar online; find your address and the corresponding Route Number.

Q. I have excess garbage that won’t fit into the blue cart. What can I do?
A. 
First make sure you are recycling properly. The 90 gallon cart is adequate for 1 family providing they recycle. If you are recycling and still require another cart, one can be purchased. Contact the Sanitation Office for details.

Q. Where do I place the Blue Cart for collection?
A.
 Place the cart by the curb, NOT in the street, as it would interfere with the street sweeping program.

Q. When should I place garbage at the curb for collection?
A.
 Anything put at the curb for collection should be done after 6:00 P.M. the night before the scheduled collection day.

Q. Is there a limit to what can be put out for garbage collection?
A.
 By Ordinance, you are limited to the amount that will fit into your garbage cart(s). Any garbage placed outside the cart will not be collected.

White Goods

Q. What is considered to be white goods?
A. Any metal item or appliance is considered to be a White Good. For example: stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, hot water heater, air conditioner, humidifier, metal desk, metal file cabinet, metal shed, metal piping, swing set, etc.

Q. How do I dispose of a white good?
A. You can come to the Sanitation Office at 120 East Broadway and purchase a sticker for $10.00 (Check or Money Order Only) per item at which time you will receive an appointment for collection or you can send a check or money order to the Sanitation Dept., 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 along with a note stating your address and the item(s) to be collected. Upon receipt of your request the Sanitation Dept. will issue a sticker which will be sent to you.

Contact Information

Sanitation and Recycling Office
120 East Broadway, 2nd floor
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

Phone: (201) 646-3955

Recycling Hot Line
Phone: (201) 646-8049