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15 Mountain Blvd
Watchung, NJ 07069


Mon-Thu: 8am-4pm
Fri: 8am-1pm
 15 Mountain Blvd
Watchung, NJ 07069

Engineering / Public Works

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15 Mountain Boulevard
Watchung, NJ 07069

(908) 756-0091

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Located at DPW Garage: 880 Somerset Street

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Household Waste Collection

Regular Household Waste Collection for Watchung Residents:
Residents can also contact the following vendors in advance to obtain an estimate of items being disposed and to schedule a pick-up date for bulky items throughout the year.

Vendors will provide you with an estimate and schedule a pick-up date.

Bulky Waste Collection

Bulky waste collection organized by the Borough of Watchung, typically runs during the first 2 weeks in June and is by district. To find your district CLICK HERE. Please note, permit sticker are typically NOT mailed to residents. Anyone who submits payment, etc. will have information sent directly to the trash hauler. You can find the application for bulky waste collection under our Bulk Waste Application box, when it is time. You may also pay here.


**Permit stickers will NOT be mailed to residents. Your information will be sent directly to the trash hauler.**

Tree Removals
As you make your landscaping and construction plans for the spring and summer, please remember that a permit is required before cutting down any tree, alive or dead. The tree removal permit is free. All application are found under our “forms & applications” section, see guidelines displayed.
Watchung is losing so many trees to invasive insects, storms, and disease.  Here is a list of the native trees and shrubs that are recommended as replacements for all the ash and other trees that are being lost.

If you are removing tree(s)

Then complete and submit

If you are going to remove tree(s) without land disturbance

Tree removal application for permit with "no land disurbance" form

If you are going to remove tree(s) with land disturbance

Tree removal application for permit with "with land disurbance" form

If you are going to remove dead, diseased, dying or hazardous tree(s) without land disturbance

Dead, Diseased, Dying or Hazardous Tree Only Tree Removal Permit Application

If you are going to remove dead, diseased, dying or hazardous tree(s) with land disturbance

Tree removal application for permit with "with land disurbance" form

Upcoming Engineering Projects

The Borough has several projects underway. Check out the presentation on repairs to various culvert and below are additional projects underway:

Hillcrest Road, CR531, Watchung & Warren
Hillcrest Road is a major north - south commuter link from Route 78 to Route 22. Average daily traffic volumes exceed 20,000 vehicles per day. The project limits extend from a point that is approximately 600 feet south of High Oaks Drive/Ridge Road north to the I‐78 interchange. Current traffic patterns exhibit heavy weekday traffic in both the morning and evening rush hours.

Information regarding this project as well as an outline of safety improvements can be accessed by clicking on the side “Hillcrest Road.” Check out the county’s webpage for any updates regarding this project by clicking here.

Proposed Project: Resilient Communities Grant Program
To improve drainage and reduce vulnerability to flooding events, this project proposes to replace the existing temporary bridge at the Phillips Field with a permanent structure. The project will improve public access to the complex as well as maintain emergency response capability. The site is used as a landing area for life flight operations for the surrounding area, primarily from vehicle accidents on nearby Interstate 78. The site also provides fire access to residential properties along Sunlit Drive.

Site Location:
The project site is located at and around 65 Brookdale Road, Watchung, NJ 07069.

Source of Funds:
This project will be submitted under the Resilient Communities Grant Program, administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA). The source of funds for this project is the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Comment Period:
The public comment period for this funding allocation begins on Thursday, November 30th, and will conclude on Thursday, December 14th. Please ensure all comments are submitted no later than 5:00 PM on December 14th.


Maria Fittipaldi
Secretary, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (908) 756-0091 ext. 214
Email: [email protected]

Jason Cline
Borough Professional Engineer
(908) 756-0091 ext. 225
Email: [email protected]

William McClave
Public Works Manager
(908) 756-0080 x220
Email: [email protected]

Leaf Clean Up Begins April 1

The 2024 Spring Leaf Cleanup will commence on April 1, 2024 and continue through May 3, 2024. All leaves must be in BIODEGRADABLE PAPER BAGS and placed on the grass area close to the road.


Pickups will not be scheduled for any specific time or location.

Leaf pickup is limited to high density areas located within the following areas: Brookdale, Stirling and Hillcrest Roads North to Evergreen Lane; Mountain Blvd from Washington Drive to Rock Ave.; Johnston Drive to the water tower including Upper Drive, and Johnston Drive Extension.

All residents are urged to utilize their leaves as compost; however, should any resident in a rural area desire pickup of leaves in BIODEGRADABLE PAPER BAGS ONLY, call the office of Public Works at 908-756-0080, ext. 214.

Due to the State’s Stormwater Regulations, the Borough has an ordinance prohibiting placement of leaves in the street.