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
(rake leaves to curb October 17 - December 16) or place paper bagged leaves for phone-in pickup 908-704-7195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Works Documents and Information
Listing files in 'Public Works'
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 offers a year-round tree branch collection program. 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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.
If you have a problem with curbside recycling pickup please call the County Recycling Center at 732-469-3363.
Answers to most often asked questions on recycling:
have to use the standard size 20 gallon round blue buckets. They may be obtained through Somerville DPW. If you use a different
buckets it can not be larger than 20 gallons must be without wheels and lids. The small 14 gallon square blue buckets for newspaper may be obtained through Somerset County Recycling.
Plastic Bags: are not accepted and need to go to garbage.
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
Hazardous Waste drop off: See County website link: http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/public-works/recycling/hazardous-waste-days
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)
New Jersey DEP Clean Water Website
Public Works Manager
Asst to Engineer/Recycling Coordinator