Ken Lewis

Public Works Superintendent

Donna Syx

Administrative Assistant

Our Public Works garage and offices are located on Bank Street, across from the old rug mill.

Beginning Monday, April 30, 2012, the Public Works Department will be working from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM to better serve its residents.

These hours will not include the Public Works Office. The office hours will remain the same from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Residents should make sure their garbage carts, yard waste, branches, and bulk are placed curbside prior to 7:00 AM on the appointed days.

Please contact the Public Works Department should you have any questions or concerns.

Trash Collection

  • Collection Schedules


    Collected on designated day


    Ashton Lane
    Glenbrook Place
    Maple Avenue
    Purdy Street
    Bank Street
    Grant Avenue
    Mechanic Street
    Reed Street
    Barton Drive
    Greeley Street
    North Academy Street
    Rev. Wm. L. Powell Drive
    Brakeman Court
    Hagemount Avenue
    Norton Avenue
    Rocky Brook Court
    Chamberlin Avenue
    Hight Blvd.
    Oak Lane
    Sunset Avenue
    Cranbury Station Rd.
    Hutchinson Street
    Park Avenue
    Wilson Avenue
    Ely Court
    Lincoln Avenue
    Wyckoff Mills Road
    Franklin Street
    Main Street


    Bennett Place
    Forman Street
    Mercer Street
    Rogers Avenue
    Center Street
    Gilman Place
    Morrison Avenue
    Second Avenue
    Church Street
    Harron Avenue
    Outcalt Street
    South Academy Street
    Dey Street
    Hausser Avenue
    Prospect Drive
    Stockton Street
    Dutchneck Road
    Joseph Street
    Railroad Avenue
    Summit Street
    First Avenue


    Broad Street
    Franklin Street
    North Main Street
    Spruce Court
    Brook Drive
    Grape Run Road
    Orchard Avenue
    Taylor Avenue
    Clinton Street
    Leshin Lane
    Pershing Avenue
    Vanrensaler Avenue
    Clover Lane
    Main Street
    Schuyler Avenue
    Ward Street
    Cole Avenue
    Manlove Avenue
    South Main Street
    Westerlea Avenue
    East Ward Street
    Maxwell Avenue
    South Street
    West Ward Street
    Etra Road
    Meadow Drive
    Springcrest Drive
    William Street
    Farr Avenue
    Monmouth Street
  • 2017 Holiday Schedule

    If your trash pick-up day falls on a Borough Holiday, it will be retrieved on the next business day.

    January 1 – New Year’s Day (Monday)
    January 16 –  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday)
    February 20 – Presidents Day (Monday)
    April 14 – Good Friday
    May 29 – Memorial Day (Monday)
    July 4 – Independence Day (Tuesday)
    September 4 – Labor Day (Monday)
    October 9 – Columbus Day (Monday)
    November 10 – Veterans Day (Friday)
    November 23 – Thanksgiving Day (Thursday)
    November 24 – Day After Thanksgiving (Friday)
    December 25 – Christmas Day (Monday)

  • Bulk Pick-Up Instructions

    Waste Disposal Stickers are required to be placed on items scheduled for bulk and/or metal collection as per Borough Ordinance. The cost is $5.00 per sticker/item.  The last day to purchase stickers for a given month will be the Thursday prior to the collection date, no exceptions.  (If Borough Hall is closed on Thursday, the last day to purchase stickers will be on Wednesday).

    Acceptable bulk is collected the last Monday of each month by appointment only.

    All inquiries and/or to schedule a pickup, contact Public Works at 609-490-5115.

    Please be aware that bulk and/or metal cannot be placed curbside until after 5:00pm the night before the scheduled pick-up day. Violators will receive a summons and/or fines and will be required to remove bulk items from the curb.

  • Guidelines for Garbage Collection and Disposal of Other Items


    For more details, please contact the Public Works Department. The 65 gallon or the 95 gallon blue carts are the only carts accepted. They are to be placed curbside before 7:00 A.M. on the day of collection but not before 5:00 P.M. on the night prior to collection. Follow arrows on the cart for correct placement. All containers must be removed by 8:00 P.M. on the day that the garbage is collected.

    Major appliances and large bulky metal items, including stoves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, hot water heaters, metal beds and the metal portion of sleep sofas, will be collected by the Borough on the 1st Wednesday of each month by appointment only, provided that each item to be disposed of has a Waste Disposal Sticker attached. No metal item will be collected without a sticker attached. One sticker is required for each item to be placed for collection.

    No refrigerator, freezer or airtight compartment units can be placed curbside until all doors and/or closures have been removed from the hinges. We also require all freon be removed by an authorized contractor. The Borough requests a copy of the receipt confirming all freon has been removed with the contractor’s license number listed on it. Another option would be to take the unit to Beacon Metals in Freehold. Contact Beacon Metals (732-462-0543) for pricing on the disposal of these items.

    Acceptable bulk is collected the last Monday of each month by appointment only, provided that each item to be disposed of has a Waste Disposal Sticker attached. No bulky item will be collected without a sticker attached. One sticker is required for each item to be placed for collection.

    Carpeting must be cut into 36” widths, rolled and tied into bundles not heavier than 45 pounds. Bundles of identical carpeting shall be considered one item and shall require one Waste Disposal Sticker to be placed on one of the bundles.

    Fluorescent light tubes can be brought to the Public Works Office and placed in the Blue Garbage Cart on the Mechanic St. side of the Public Works Building or be taken to the Mercer County Hazardous Waste Collection Day held several times per year. For more information call 609-278-8086 or log onto their website at

    Small amounts of construction debris will be collected only to the extent that the debris is contained entirely within the container provided by the Borough. The Borough has the right to refuse collection of any Borough provided container that holds more than a small amount.

    Placement of the following items for collection is prohibited: explosive, highly flammable materials or hazardous waste, including but not limited to benzene, gasoline and other petroleum by-products, explosive powders, fluorescent light tubes and bulbs, chlorinated solvents, pesticides, herbicides and other hazardous materials; vehicles; tires; vehicle batteries; auto and truck bodies or parts; construction debris (except as noted above); scrap wood; tiles; wallboard; fencing; decking; computer equipment; oil-based paint; or latex paint in liquid form.

    Latex Paint is not recyclable. To dispose of Latex Paint, dry out by adding an absorbent like sand, kitty litter or speedy dry. Once the absorbent is added and paint is absorbed, place the lid back on the paint can, place in a plastic bag. Dispose of plastic bag in your regular garbage.

    **NOTE: The Borough has experienced a high incidence of some residents placing full or partially full paint cans in their garbage, causing the paint to drip out of the truck onto the roadway after the garbage is compacted. Effective immediately, residents who do not comply with the regulations of paint disposal happen will be responsible for the cost of the road cleanup.

    Oil paint and all other hazardous waste must be disposed of at the Mercer County sponsored Hazardous Waste Clean Up held several times per year. For more information on this program, please contact 609-278-8086 or log onto their website at

    Drop off center at end of Borough Hall, 148 N. Main Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pour into appropriate tank.

    Place in regular garbage. The MCIA has ceased their battery recycling program.

    Used Computers – towers and monitors only, laptops and Televisions must be brought to the Public Works Yard located at 156 Bank St. for disposal.  Please place inside the walk in Good Will container.  Hours of operation for drop off are:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

    All other electronic equipment such as:  Camera Equipment / Central Processing Units / Circuit Boards / Copiers / Electric Wire / Fax Machines / Keyboards / Laptops & Peripherals

    Microwave Ovens / Mouse / Networking Equipment / Phones / Printers / Scanners / Stereo Equipment / Televisions / VCRs (must be taken to the Mercer County sponsored Hazardous Waste Clean Up days held in the spring and the fall.  For more information on this program, please see their website at

  • Recycling


    Hightstown Borough is pleased to announce that beginning February 1, 2017 the Hightstown Borough Recycling Program will change. With this change comes the great news that your recyclable materials will be picked up using natural gas vehicles only; and we now can accept all recyclable materials with the codes 1-7! Hightstown is doing its part to help keep your town clean and the air you breathe cleaner!

    Another change is that Waste Management will be delivering a 96 gallon can to each residence for use for your recyclables. All residents are required to use this can to put out recyclable materials on collection day. Until you receive this can, please continue to put your recyclables to the curb as you have in the past. The dates for recycling collection will remain the same as will the items that are recycled through the commingled program. Cardboard should be cut and put into the can with your other materials.

    The changes made to the program allow for a more efficient process. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works.


    Effective August 1, 2008, All recyclable items except corrugated cardboard may be placed in any 33 gallon container for collection as we have changed to a “Single Stream” collection.  Recyclables will be separated by machines.

    These items include:

    Juice bottles & cans                                                        Glass salad oil bottles           

    Soda bottles                                                                     Soda & beer cans

    Baby food jars                                                                 Pickle & olive jars

    Vegetable cans                                                                Soup cans

    Liquor & beer bottles                                                      Glass ketchup bottles

    Fruit jars & cans                                                              Tuna fish cans

         Coffee cans & jars                                                      Glass peanut butter jars

         Pet food cans                                                              Spaghetti sauce jars

         Milk & water jugs                                                      Detergent, bleach, fabric

         Milk & juice cartons                                                  softener containers


         Newspaper and associated inserts

         Magazines, catalogs and junk mail

         Office paper


    Coated folding box-board including cereal, cracker, dry soap, beverage carrier and shoe boxes
    Kraft paper, including corrugated cardboard, paper bags and sacks

    Corrugated Cardboard should be placed in bundles at curbside.

    We will now also take #3 through #7 containers in addition to envelopes with windows.

    Food containers and cans must be emptied and rinsed or washed out.  Detergent, bleach and fabric softener bottles must be double rinsed, remove all tops, leave labels. 

    If pickup is missed, call the Public Works Department at 609-490-5115.

    Http:// provides practical and straight-forward advice for how New Jersey citizens can reduce the amount of waste their households produce, with simple tips for waste reduction or reuse that do not require dramatic changes in lifestyle. It also gives suggestions for alternative ways for reusing some of the items residents might otherwise discard. Additionally, it provides information about additional recycling options that are not available through your local authority, but have been created by private businesses and charity groups, for the collection or redistribution of specific waste items, often at little or no expense to your constituents.

    Http:// is a privately owned, for-profit company that specializes in providing consumers with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country. Its Recycling Directory is very comprehensive. It contains information for recycling over 240 different products. The Directory is free for consumers to use on the website, through the toll-free and bilingual hotline (1-800 CLEANUP) and with the free iPhone application (iRecycle). lists over 127,000 locations and programs that people can search in the directory to find local recycling and disposal resources. The information provided through the site’s directory, editorials and resources represents only fact-based, informational and useful content.


    Hightstown is encouraging our residents to recycle their old refrigerators or freezers. Is your refrigerator an energy guzzler from the 1950’s? If so, you could win a $1,000 gift card!

    To take part in the contest, owners simply sign up between July 1 through September 30 to have your fridge or freezer recycled through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, which provides free pick up and recycling of working fridges and freezers, plus a $50 incentive in return.

    The Board of Public Utilities have contracted with a private company, Jaco Environmental, to perform this service. Refrigerators / freezers can be scheduled for pickup by dialing 877-270-3520 or via website. Go to: for details.

    For a video on program details go to:

    Boxes will be picked up on recycling days – Boxes need to be cut into 3’ square pieces and bundled. If corrugated is contaminated with food, paint, soap, etc., put in regular garbage.

  • Yard Debris


    Branches are chipped curbside each Wednesday by appointment only. Please place curbside prior to 7:00 A.M. Stumps, logs and limbs larger than 10” in diameter will be the homeowner’s responsibility to dispose of.


    Collected by appointment only every Tuesday between April and October. Yard waste must be in open containers. This does not include grass and leaves. Please place curbside prior to 7:00 A.M.


    FALL: Collected by posted schedule and instructions. Schedule is subject to change. Residents of Rte. 33, bagged leaves collected by appointment only.

    SPRING: Call for instructions. Schedule is subject to change.


    Grass must be placed in biodegradable compost bags purchased from the Borough. Collection are by appointment each Monday between April 15th and October 15th for collection. Please contact the Public Works Department at 609-490-5115. The biodegradable compost bags can be bought for $2.50 each in the Borough Clerk’s office. The price of the bags includes the Borough’s disposal costs.