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					                                                                                                                                                                              January 2009

                                                                                                   Oakland                                            Recycling/Garbage

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                                                                                       OAKLAND RECYCLING AND GARBAGE NEWSLETTER

                                                                                                        RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONIC WASTE
                                                                           The Department of Public Works will collect electronics from borough residents. We need to remove these toxic
                                                                           products from the waste stream. Computers, monitors, keyboards, mouse, telephones, small TV’s, VCR’s, DVD’s,
                                                                           stereos and microwaves are all acceptable materials. The electronics will be taken to a licensed de-manufacturer
                                                                           to have the hazardous materials removed. The D.P.W. will collect electronics on the first and third Wednesday of
                                                                           every month. If that happens to be a holiday or a snow event, then they will collect on the following day. You must
                                                                           call the D.P.W. at 201-337-8104 between 8:30am-4:00pm to be put on the collection list. Please call by 4:00pm on
                                                                           the Monday before the pickup. Place your material near the curb where it can be easily seen. No large TV’s (32”
                                                                           and up) or TV’s in wooden cabinets.

                                                                                    PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR CARDBOARD AND ALL TYPES OF PAPER
                                                                           Do not put cardboard boxes out with your garbage collection. Cardboard is a recyclable material. Place
                                                                           cardboard out with your other paper recyclables. Empty the boxes of any styrofoam, peanut packaging, plastic,
                                                                           trash, etc. All paper material including cereal boxes, mixed office paper, computer paper, newspapers, magazines,
                                                                           telephone books, junk mail, wrapping paper, books, etc. are recyclable. Plastic bags are prohibited. Since they
Borough of Oakland   GARBAGE/RECYCLING SCHEDULE ENCLOSED    PRSRT-STD      would contaminate our loads, please remove all plastic bags prior to pickup. This is strictly a paper and cardboard
Municipal Plaza                                            U.S. POSTAGE    collection. The paper/cardboard and commingled recyclables are picked up on alternating Wednesdays. You can
Oakland, NJ 07436                                               PAID       also use your recycling barrel for the paper collection. Oakland’s Department of Public Works sells the 25-gallon
                                                           PERMIT NO. 31   recycling barrel for $10.00. Please bring the exact dollar amount if possible.
                                                           OAKLAND, NJ
                                                                              COMMINGLED CONTAINERS - ALUMINUM, GLASS, PLASTIC, METAL CANS
                                                                           Recyclables can be mixed together in an open barrel. Please do not use plastic or paper bags that would contami-
                                                                           nate our loads. Acceptable material includes soda cans, glass food jars and beverage containers, tin soup or coffee
                                                                           cans, and various plastics. Check for a recycling stamp on the bottom of the plastic containers; #1 thru #7 are
                                                                           acceptable. Unacceptable material includes mirrors, window glass, lightbulbs, ceramics, paint cans, and general
                                                                           household items.
                      POSTAL PATRON
                      OAKLAND, NEW JERSEY 07436                                    TEXTILE/CLOTHING BINS ARE LOCATED BEHIND BOROUGH HALL
                                                                           All types of clean, dry textiles are accepted: sheets, blankets, curtains, shoes, towels, winter and summer
                                                                           clothes, belts, handbags and small stuffed animals. Please do not leave anything outside of the bins.

                                                                                                                  HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES
                                                                           Collection Bins for household batteries are behind Borough Hall, at the D.P.W. Service Garage, in Shop Rite, and
                                                                           inside the Borough Hall entrance. No automobile or large batteries are allowed. They are disposed of properly at
                                                                           the Bergen County Hazardous Waste collections.
 RESOURCES. RECYCLING SAVES LANDFILL SPACE AND SUPPORTS 28,000 JOBS IN N.J.                                                                PLASTIC BAGS ARE A RECYCLER’S NEMESIS
                                                                                                                     Never use plastic bags to hold your paper or commingled recyclables. They contaminate our loads. Shop
                          HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAYS                                                            Rite and Stop and Shop have collection barrels for plastic bags at the entrance of their stores.
For dates, locations, directions or questions, please call the Bergen County Hazardous Waste Hotline at 201-
807-5825, or go online at This program is free of charge to Bergen County residents. Proof of                                                  GARBAGE DISPOSAL
residency is required.                                                                                               There are no garbage, recycling, metal or yard waste collections on the following holidays: New Year’s Day,
                                                                                                                     Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
                                      TREE REMOVAL PERMIT
Call the Oakland Shade Tree Commission at 201-337-3512. They will come out to your property and look at              Building or other renovative materials, kitchen or bathroom fixtures, automobile parts, tires, cement, sheet-
the tree or trees before you can be issued a permit.                                                                 rock, sinks, plywood, tubs, roofing, doors, windows, railroad ties, etc. are not eligible for pickup. Residents
                                                                                                                     must make private arrangements for disposal of such items. Sky Top Recycling at 80 Airport Road in West
                                                                                                                     Milford accepts such material. Call them at 973-728-0001 for more information or check the Yellow Pages
                                                                                                                     under garbage removal or cleanups and hauling. If you have a large volume of heavy bulk waste, you must
Metal and appliances are picked up at curbside on the 1st Thursday of every month. This includes all the tradi-
                                                                                                                     make private arrangements to have these items hauled away. If you hire a private contractor, please have the
tional household appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, hot water heaters,
                                                                                                                     contractor take away the solid waste that was generated.
as well as shelving, barbeque grills, metal furniture, etc. Riding lawn mowers or other very heavy items are
not permitted. Please remove all gas from any push mowers. Call the Department of Public Works prior to the
                                                                                                                     Other trash such as household furniture (no metal) is picked up on a regular garbage day. Three large bulky
pickup day at 201-337-8104 if you are putting out a refrigerator or air conditioner.
                                                                                                                     items are eligible for pickup on any one collection day, along with two 32-gallon garbage cans. The garbage
                                                                                                                     cans cannot weigh more than 50 lbs. Some residents are using large and oversized cans that are too heavy
                                 YARD AND VEGETATIVE WASTE                                                           to lift. Any carpeting must be cut into 4-foot lengths and tied into bundles weighing no more than 50
Yard waste is collected every Monday or Tuesday on the opposite day of your garbage collection. The ser-             pounds. Any extra trash must wait until the next collection day. Appliances & Other Metals are collected on
vice begins Monday April 6th or Tuesday April 7th and extends through Monday December 14th or Tuesday                the 1st Thursday of each month.
December 15th. The compost facility is not open to the public. Yard waste should be placed at the curb in open
reusable containers or in the biodegradable paper leaf bags. Small paper grocery bags and all kinds and colors       Any questions or problems, please call the Department of Public Works at 201-337-8104. You can also contact
of plastic bags are prohibited. Any vegetative waste in plastic bags will be left at the curb. Leaves and grass      the Recycling Department at 201-405-7732 or e-mail any questions to
may be placed together in the same container. Sticks, brush, and branches should be bundled and tied together.
Branches cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter or 4 feet in length. The bundles of brush or branches may not            All collections that fall on a holiday will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled day. This includes
exceed 50 pounds. Christmas Trees are collected at curbside on a random basis during the entire month                the garbage, yard waste and recyclable collections. The garbage men cannot make up the missed holidays.
of January. Compost is available to Oakland residents free of charge across from the D.P.W. building on Oak          Thank you for your cooperation.
Street at the end of April or beginning of May. Please keep leaves and grass out of the storm drains. No yard
waste is allowed with the household garbage. There is no yard waste collection during the winter months.
                                                                                                                                        NEW JERSEY BUSINESSES MUST ALSO RECYCLE
                                                                                                                     Recycling is a responsibility not only in our homes but also in the workplace. No one is exempt. The goal is
                                  GRASS – CUT IT AND LEAVE IT                                                        to increase recycling awareness and tonnage in the state. Recyclable material must be separated from waste at
Grass clippings do not need to be collected; they can actually benefit the turf by returning nutrients and organic   the point of generation and not at the point of disposal. This mandate applies to all commercial, institutional
matter to the soil. Grass clippings contain 75-85 percent water and decompose quickly. They also provide up          and residential sectors. You need to have separate dumpsters for garbage, paper/cardboard and commingled.
to 25% of your lawn’s fertilizer needs.                                                                              These dumpsters cannot be emptied together in the same truck. Please do your part to improve the recycling
                                                                                                                     rate in New Jersey.
To avoid being missed, please place your containers out to the curb before 6:00AM on the day of collection or             RECYCLABLES PLACED AT THE CURB ARE BOROUGH OF OAKLAND PROPERTY
the night before. The main roads must be done early to avoid traffic problems. Please bring your empty pails         Notify the Oakland Police Department at 201-337-6171 if anyone other than our regular garbage company is
back in as soon as possible. It is unlawful to place garbage, yard waste or recyclables at curbside earlier than     removing recyclables from the curb. The theft of recyclable materials is illegal.
6:00PM prior to the day of collection. All garbage cans and recycling barrels must be removed from curbside
no later than 9:00 PM on the day of collection. The sweeping or depositing of accumulated litter or waste            RECYCLING IS A SOURCE OF REVENUE FOR OAKLAND. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR
into any gutter, street or catch basin is not permitted. Clean up pet waste and dispose of it properly. Cigarette    EFFORTS TO ENSURE OUR RECYCLING PROGRAM IS A SUCCESS.
butts are the most littered item in America. Storm drains lead to our rivers and streams, so please don’t litter.
Keep our water clean. If you suspect someone is dumping illegally, please contact the Oakland Police
Department at 201-337-6171.

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