Public Works Public Works: Commissioner Matthew Ruzzo, Director

Public Works

The Department of Public Works is responsible for the following:

  • Road/Sidewalks
  • Shade Tree
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Garbage/Recycling
  • Engineering
  • Beautification


  • Street Sweeping/litter removal
  • Road Repair
  • Tree trimming planting and removal
  • Sewer maintenance
  • Water Supply

The Water Department owns, operates and maintains all the water related equipment within the Township. We purchase our water from Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC). Both the Township of Lyndhurst and PVWC strive to provide you with water that meets or surpasses all health and safety standard set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (NJDEP).

The Township of Lyndhurst is pleased to provide you with important information about your drinking water. The Water Department issues each year the Drinking Water Quality Report. This report contains important information about your drinking water.

View the most recent water quality report here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What does the Department of Public Works handle for the Township of Lyndhurst and how many personnel are there?


    The DPW is comprised of the following Departments: The Water Department The Sewer Department The Street Department Which handles street sweeping, road repair and curb/sidewalk repair. The Shade Tree Department Which trims and plants trees and removes dead, diseased trees. The Mechanic Department Which performs all in-house servicing and maintenance on the DPW fleet. The Recycling/Beautification Department Which performs any recycling which is not picked up at the street (i.e.) Pick up of old white goods (refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, washers and dryers), scrap metals, computers, electronic devices. This department is also charged with the daily emptying of streets-side trash receptacles, sidewalk litter and caring and watering of township plantings located on the street. Beside the individual departments, the DPW also oversees your Garbage and Recycling collection which is handled by outside contractors. There are 24 full-time members of the DPW and anywhere from 3-7 part-time workers- depending upon the time and season of the year.

  • On which day are my curbside recyclables picked up?


    Your recyclables are picked up on your street sweeper day. If you do not know you street sweeper day, please click here *Please note that one section of town has a different pick-up day than your sweeping day. Please take note of the referenced map.

  • On which day is my garbage picked up?


    Your garbage is picked up according to which section of town in which you live. To see you garbage collection days, please click here.

  • My sewer is backing up into my basement. Do I call a plumber first or call the DPW?


    The Lyndhurst DPW is one of the only towns which offers stand-by sewer calls. If you call during working hours, you may call the office directly at (201) 438-5478 (Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 4:30pm). If it is a weekend, holiday or after-hours, please contact the police desk at (201) 939-2900. The Police Department will have the person assigned to Sewer Stand-by sent to your home within one or two hours.

    If it is determined that your problem is within your own sewer line (The line connecting your home with the main sewer line in the street), you may be responsible to secure your own plumber. However, in many cases, if the solution is simple enough- such as cleaning out your trap, you may not need to call a plumber. There is NO CHARGE for this service. (Please note: This service is only available for owner-occupied homes. Not available for apartment buildings or multi-family homes).

  • My garbage or recycling was not picked up today. What do I do?


    If, in the unlikely event, your garbage or recycling has been missed by the trucks, please call the DPW at (201) 438-5478 (Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 4:30pm) The DPW will contact the handler responsible and have your recycling or garbage picked up the following day.


Richard Gress

265 Chase Avenue
Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071

Tel: (201) 438-5478

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
Leave message if after hours