The Somerville Public Works Department consists of 10 full-time employees and is responsible for the maintenance of all Borough streets, parks, public facilities and the sanitary sewer systems.
The Public Works Facility is located at 32 5th Street, Somerville.
Public Works provides the following services:
- Road Maintenance
- Snow Removal
- Parks Maintenance
- Sewer Maintenance
- Street Sweeping
- Sign Department
Leaves are to be raked out to the curb during leaf season during November. Otherwise during the year leaves must be placed in paper bags and phoned-in for pickup 908-704-7195 or email email@example.com.
Public Works Documents and Information
Listing files in 'Public Works'
Garbage Collection :
Garbage collection is performed by an outside contractor. If for some reason your garbage was not collected on its scheduled day then the following conditions most likely applied 1.) the container weighed over 35lbs 2.) you had more than 4 containers at the curb, 3.) there was twigs or yard waste such as leaves or branches in the container, 4.) There were recyclable materials in the container.
Tree/Branch Collection Program
The Borough will no longer pick up stumps or logs generated directly by the work of homeowners larger than 12 inches diameter. Any tree parts generated indirectly through landscape contractors working for homeowners will not be picked up. The Borough offers a year-round tree branch collection program with the exception of the leaf season being the month of November . The Chipper Route Map details which streets are handled on which day. All branches must be placed at curb by 7:00am each morning to ensure pick-up. If the thick end of the branch is smaller than one inch then it must be broken up and placed into a brown paper bag and called or emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) for special pickup. This would include flowers, twigs, hedge clippings, garden clippings and leaves.
Grass Clippings: either put out with your garbage (will count as a container toward your 4 bag limit) or you can place the grass clippings in a brown paper bag and call DPW at 908-704-7195 in advance for pickup.
Bedding: a mattress and boxspring must be wrapped fully in plastic and appropriate stickers placed on each and at the curb the day before you garbage collection day. No special call-in pickup required.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the public works department at 908-704-7195.
Somerset County administers the recycling program for the Borough of Somerville. A more comprehensive and current listing of recycling information and materials can be found on their website. For the current recycling pickup schedule you can enter this link to your browser address bar: https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=39983. If you have a problem with curbside recycling pickup please call the County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363.
have to use the standard wheeled totes issued by Somerset County or size 20 gallon round blue buckets. They may be obtained through Somerville DPW. The small 14 gallon square blue buckets for newspaper may be obtained through Somerset County Recycling.
Excess Cardboard: If you have a large quantity of cardboard where it is not feasible to use the standard bi weekly curbside pickup then the resident
may bring the cardboard during the week to the Recycling Center by making an
appointment with the County at 732-469-3363.
Plastic bags are not accepted, please recycle them at local grocery stores or Target stores.”
Electronics: There are Saturday and weekday drop offs at County facilities. Electronics:( include televisions, computers, monitors, desktop
printers and desktop fax machines). See County website link:.http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/electronics-waste
Household batteries: new fire safety alert on storing of rechargeable batteries. See this link: avoidthespark.com/nj
Hazardous Waste drop off: See County website link: http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/hazardous-waste-days
Rules on Recycling Collection:
Only glass, cans and bottles are allowed in the yellow lid tote.
Only paper and cardboard are allowed in the green lid tote.
Cardboard must be placed loosely inside the tote.
Totes must be positioned with the metal horizontal grab bar facing the road.
Totes must be spaced 2 ft+- apart and clear of any parked vehicles.
Plastic bags are not accepted, please recycle them at local grocery stores or Target stores.
Place the toes out for collection the night before the scheduled pickup date.
Recycling Tonnage Grant Reporting: use form supplied on this website.
Home Medical Waste-Project Medicine Drop
Recycling Drop Off Center
Somerset County Recycling Center
40 Polhemus Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Open on the first Saturday of each month (second Saturday of the month due to holiday), 8 AM - Noon
Directions from Somerville
Take Route 22 East; go under the Route 287 overpass.
Make the first right onto Chimney Rock Road.
Go through 1st traffic light; bear right and continue on Chimney Rock Road.
Go straight through 2nd light; go to end of road (Polhemus Lane).
Recycling Center is located on right.
Items to Bring to the Recycling Center
Newspaper, Magazines, Junk mail & other paper, Corrugated cardboard, Household batteries, Phone books, Glass bottles & jars, Plastic bottles (#1&2), Aluminum, steel & bi-metal cans, Textiles, Antifreeze, Scrap metal (anything made from metal except refrigerators or air conditioners), Used oil & oil filters, Passenger tires (Limit 8 with or without rims)
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