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As a resident, business, or other member of the New Jersey community, it is important to know these easy things you can do every day to protect our water.


  • Limit your use of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Properly use and dispose of hazardous products
  • Keep pollution out of storm drains
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Don't feed wildlife
  • Don't litter
  • Dispose of yard waste properly

Each of the above steps have very specific things a citizen can do to minimize pollution. For a full description of these and a source of contacts, please right-click to save or print this information,or simply click to read it online. PDF File



The Town of Phillipsburg has discontinued its Annual Spring Clean Up but has implemented a year-round clean up of unwanted items, which will be done on an appointment basis. Each resident will have a limit of one (1) pickup load per year.

Stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and other home appliances will be accepted. Doors must be removed from all appliances before placing at the curb. In addition, furniture, benches, mattresses, couches, chairs, tables, and other similar items will be collected. Tied and/or bagged yard debris will be collected but must be kept separate. No refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners or any appliance containing a refrigerant will be collected unless they have a certification that the refrigerant was removed by a certified technician. All items must be in cans, bags and/or bundled and placed on the curb in an orderly fashion for collection. Bundles shall not be more than 4 feet in length or exceed 50 pounds in weight. No containers shall exceed 50 pounds in total weight. No single items shall exceed 300 pounds.

Residents are urged to place their cleanup items at the curb the night before their cleanup is scheduled for.

Certain items will NOT be collected as part of the cleanup. Paint Cans, oil cans, drums, motors, junk cars, gasoline, kerosene, diesel, other fuel oils, other liquids, block, brick, concrete, rocks, dirt, or building material, (such as lumber, sheetrock, shingles) will NOT be collected.  Electronics including TV's, Computer Monitors, DVD players, etc. will not be collected.  Please go to for information on what they will accept.  Also, Town of Phillipsburg has an electronic recycling program available to residents, please go to the PDF for details.

Used motor oil should be taken to your local gas station, service station, or service center. They will accept motor oil as part of their recycling programs.

You can obtain the agreement form from the Department of Public Works office to schedule your cleanup. For additional information, please call 454-5500, Extension 314.

Click here to download the Cleanup Agreement Form: PDF File





2013 Garbage Pickup & Recycling Of Materials


Rules & Regulations

     Paper-Dry & Clean; loose (not in plastic bags)
     Newspaper & inserts
     Magazines & catalogs
     Junk mail, envelopes, file folders
     Office white, colored and computer paper (staples & paper clips ok)
     Corrugated cardboard boxes
     Cereal & gift boxes, etc. that tear brown or grey (remove liners)
      Paper bags & phone books
      Wrapping paper (remove metallic paper, bows etc.)

      Containers-Empty & Clean; loose (not in plastic bags)
      Aluminum cans (beer & soda)
      Aluminum Foil & Foil Plates, etc.
      Glass bottles & jars (food & drink only)
      Plastic bottles, jars, tubs and buckets (such as soda, water, milk, juice, liquor, shampoo
      detergent, condiments, salad dressing, yogurt, margarine, pet food, etc.)
      Metal food cans (tin/steel); metal lids
      Metal pots and pans


      Ceramics, dishes, coffee cups, drinking glasses
      Glass cookware / bakeware (Pyrex, Vision Ware, etc.)
      Window glass, mirrors, light bulbs
      Plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, packaging peanuts
     Take out containers, plastic cups and plastic tableware
     Containers of hazardous or toxic materials
     Tissue or paper towels, books
     Tyvek envelopes, carbon paper
     Paper cartons for milk or juice
     Wax coated boxes
     Toys, household appliances, coat hangers
     Food waste, garbage 

Residents who have questions regarding recycling should contact the Department of Public Works at (908) 454-5500, Ext. 314.


Holiday Exception Dates


HOLIDAY Pick Up Date
January 1, 2013 January 2, 2013
January 21, 2013 January 23, 2013
February 12, 2013 February 13, 2013
February 18, 2013 February 20, 2013
March 29, 2013 March 28, 2013
April 1, 2013 April 3, 2013
May 27, 2013 May 29, 2013
July 4, 2013 July 5, 2013
September 2, 2013 September 4, 2013
October 14, 2013 October 16, 2013
November 5, 2013 November 6, 2013
November 11, 2013 November 13, 2013
November 28, 2013 November 27, 2013
November 29, 2013 December 2, 2013
December 25, 2013
January 1, 2014           
December 26, 2013 
 January 2, 2014           

Please see attached for 2015 Holiday Schedule PDF


Big Item Clean Up


Solutions to Stormwater Pollution


Phillipsburg Public Works