Our Recycling Coordinator/Certified Compost Operators role is to oversee our communities’ solid waste, recycling and yard waste collection. This service is performed by a private contractor. We receive and respond to approximately 25 calls per day regarding garbage/recycling alone. Our Department also operates its own composting facility and has recently developed an Electronics Recycling Program (without adding to our staff).
From April-October the recycling dept. will be conducting voluntary audits of comingled materials at curbside. Each audit should take 15-20 min. If you would like to participate please contact the recycling dept.
Plastic Film Recycling:
The Borough of Oakland is collecting Plastic Film at the Danny Hughes Playground Parking Lot, 28 Oak Street, Oakland, N.J. 07436. The collection bin is marked accordingly. The materials accepted for the collection drive include grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, plastic shipping envelopes, resealable food storage bags, cereal bags, case overwraps, salt bags, pallet wrap, stretch film, wood pellet bags and produce bags. All plastic donated to the drive must be clean, dry and free of food residue. Residents are urged to avoid bringing plastic bottles to the collection bins. Recycling these plastic film items helps keep harmful waste out of landfills. If the Borough reaches the 500lb donation goal, the recycled product vendor Trex will turn the collected plastic film into a bench for the Borough of Oakland. View the full list of accepted materials here.
The Borough of Oakland is offering the Earth Machine compost bin available to town residents at a discounted price of $60. Please refer to the attached information.
Recycling Barrels are available for purchase at the DPW Service Building located at 63 Oak Street for $20.00. Exact Change or Personal Checks Only.
New residents are entitled to receive one barrel at no cost and must provide their address at time of pick up.
The Department of Public Works will no longer be collecting flourescent light bulbs as of July 1, 2022. Residents are encouraged to bring the items to the Bergen County Household Hazardous Waste Collections. For more information, click here.