Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for the collection of garbage, recycling and the maintenance of public roadways and storm drains. A fleet of trucks and equipment maintained at the Public Works garage enables us to provide these services. Public Works also has a Clean Communities Division funded through the State of New Jersey to help keep the roadsides clean. Other services include:

Free residential delivery of leaf mulch and wood chips!

  • Brush collection
  • Emergency response within the Township of Toms River
  • Leaf collection
  • Repair of township bulkheads
  • Snow plowing
  • Street sign installation

Public Works Calendar

This calendar is designed to help residents be current on all the services available from Public Works. Regular weekly garbage collections are not indicated; however, holiday weeks resulting in a garbage collection day changes are noted. The full recycling schedule is detailed. Leaf and branch/tree trimmings collection schedules are listed for spring and fall. Special events that take place at Public Works such as the Health Department animal immunizations, Ocean County hazardous waste collection and paper shredding, etc. will be added as dates are available.

There are 8 different recycling routes. Please note that recycling route R-1 includes parts of the mainland and also the barrier island including Pelican Island. During the summer the garbage and recycling schedules change for the Barrier Island and Pelican Island only. The mainland schedules do not change. These changes are noted on the calendar.

To check your recycling collection day, you must know the route number for your area. Don't know your recycling, garbage day? View your listing by address (PDF) or view the Public Works calendar. 

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2019 Holiday Collection Schedule

The Department of Public Works Office will be closed on all holidays as follows:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

In order to reduce holiday associated costs, garbage and recycling will not be picked up on any of these holidays except on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day on November 29th. When a holiday falls on a Monday, all collections that week will occur one day later than your normal collection day. For holidays not occurring on a Monday, should the holiday fall on or before your collection day, the collection will be one day later than normal.

New App

Please remember to check out our new free app for all your Recycling and Sanitation questions.