Trash & Recycling Zones Map


Phone: 732-872-1224 x250 for DPW
Fax: 732-872-0670
Location:  42 Shore Drive, Highlands

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for the maintenance of all public property including roadways and infrastructure. Among many functions, the Department manages the recycling, leaf, brush and bulk waste collection programs, is responsible for the upkeep of park and recreation facilities and the removal of snow from roadways.

Garbage & Recycling:  Please contact Surburban/Roselle Disposal directly for any issues regarding missed trash or recycling removal.  973-675-5451


DPW Recycling Hours are:
Tuesday 8am – 2pm
Thursday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 7am – 12pm & 12:30pm – 3:30pm


Did you miss Bulk?
If additional bulk pickups are needed, Bulk or Freon Permits are issued at Borough Hall, 42 Shore Dr. Permit fee is $50, cash or check. Permit covers two (2) large items. Pickups will be the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Please place item curbside the night BEFORE pickup.


Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT The main objective of the Borough of Highlands Public Works is to facilitate safe vehicular traffic on the roadways. Ensure Parks and Beaches are clean and pleasurable for residents as well as visitors to enjoy. In order to accomplish this objective, the activities of the Highlands Public Works are performed daily or 24 hours a day/365 days per year as emergency conditions dictate. These activities include: winter maintenance, snow removal and ice control, surface repairs during any weather conditions, drainage maintenance and improvements, trash and debris removal, grass mowing, brush and leaf collection maintenance of parks and beaches, all up keep of Borough buildings, permit inspections for construction and utility work, maintain a convenient and safe Recycling Yard for residents to dispose of any and all recyclables, as well as the adherence to the N.J. Storm Water Regulation Program.

We also work to ensure, create and promote a safe, productive work environment by efficiently using all financial, human, and material resources to enhance the quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors in the most practical, useful, economical, safe, and beneficial way.