Public Works Department
Public Works is located at 514 W. Atlantic Avenue in the Service Operations Facility. The Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining the overall look and feel of the Borough throughout the year. They are responsible for recycling, brush collection, leaf collection, sewer collection systems, tree maintenance, grass cutting, grass clippings, cold street repair, hot street repair, line painting, snow removal, street sign maintenance, storm water management, Christmas decorations, street sweeping and assisting other departments as needed. (856) 546-2580
- Superintendent – John J. Ellis
- Foreman – Frank Spadea, Jr.
- Mechanic – Chris Tessing
- Assistant Mechanic/Driver/Operator – Joe Bradley
- Drivers/Operators – James Hanton, Brian Heckler, Lou DeLeonardis, Michael Borman
See information about our new Electronic Waste Recycling Program here
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should I call if my trash hasn’t been picked up?
The South Jersey Sanitation Department customer service number is 1-856-772-9899.
When and how do I put out grass clippings?
On Mondays, April through Columbus Day (October), place clippings in an open container not to exceed 60 pounds. Do not mix with trash and remove all dirt. Place grass clipping cans at least 10 feet from household trash cans. When cans are mixed together, it causes both the trash contractor and the Department of Public Works to miss cans.
What is single stream recycling?
Unlike previous recycling methods (where separating individual materials were required), single stream recycling technology does not require homeowneres to separate individual recucables (paper,glass, aluminum and plastics). Now all recyclables can be placed together in your red recycling can.
When and how do I put out tree limbs and branches?
Only on your brush day, tie and bundle not to exceed four feet in length or 60 pounds in weight. Do not put out until the night before your recycling day.
How do I know what plastics are recyclable?
The easiest way to sort your plastics is to look on the bottom of the container. Anything with a #1, #2, #4, #5 or #7 on the bottom is recyclable. All other plastics go in the trash. Plastic bags are not yet recyclable but many grocery stores have bag recycling programs.
When do I put out sofas, chairs, etc.?
These items are put out on regular trash day.
What do I do with bicycles, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, hot water heaters and pieces of metal?
Simply place them curbside on white goods day. Refrigerator doors must be removed.
The recycling truck just took my recycling, but left my yard waste. Why?
Yard waste is picked up by a separate truck.
Why hasn’t my street been plowed?
Completing a route from start to finish takes time, and it is simply not possible to plow every street at the same time. In cases in which the duration of the storm is lengthy, it is likely that the route had been plowed and has since been covered with additional snow. Be assured that all streets are plowed as quickly as possible.
Why did you plow my car and/or driveway in?
The plows must push the snow to the side in order to clear the street. It is not possible to avoid plowing snow into driveways and/or cars that are parked on the street.
What are white goods?
White goods consist of all metal items and appliances. Please remove concrete from metal posts. Chain link fences and propane tanks are NOT white goods.
The Haddon Heights Public Works Department handles road maintenance, snow removal, leaf collection, park maintenance, trash collection, recycling, sewers and tree trimming.
For special assistance, please call Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can also email John J. Ellis at if you have questions.
1. Sewer Back-up – If you have a sewer back-up of the Borough sewer system and not within your residence or business call D.P.W. (856)546-2580 Monday through Friday from 7:00AM-3:00PM or after hours 1-800-793-4315 when calling state our I.D. #201E. L.
Sewer and backups
After hours emergencies
Community ID #201 EL
Trash & recycling problems
Potholes, snow removal, leaf collection, street sweeping and tree trimming
In case of emergency, call the police
Hazardous Waste Complexes – Camden County
Collection hours for all events: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 856-858-5241 for more information or visit the Camden County website.
Leaf Collection Guidelines
The regularly scheduled Borough collection of leaves begins during the 4th week of October. In October, Public Works will attempt to make a pass through the entire town. During November and December, every street has signs posted when leaf collection will take place. Residents must comply with the following guidelines to ensure pickup of their leaves:
- Do not rake your leaves until signs have been posted in your neighborhood.
- Landscape/lawn services must remove leaves from site.
- Leaves must be raked to the curb, not in the street, no more than 7 days prior
- Do not place leaves closer than 10 feet from any storm sewer inlet.
- Do not mix leaves and brush together.
It is always difficult to collect the leaves at the right time and get everything completed before snow season (when we need the same trucks ready with snow plow attachments). Rain will slow down the process. We try our best, but ask for your understanding and help.
When leaves are placed in the street, it creates obstructions such as:
- Traffic problems.
- Parking problems.
- Upsets the natural flow of rain or snow runoff
- Slower dry times of leaves
Note: The Borough provides all households with a Borough Calendar. Keep this handy. All collection schedules, as well as all Borough meeting dates and events are listed
Snow Removal Guidelines
The Haddon Heights Public Works Department is working hard to make driving safer and easier in snowy weather. Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. As snow rolls off our plows, it sometimes accumulates in driveway aprons. Please understand that this is unavoidable and it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clear it. Here are some helpful hints to make “snow business” less frustrating:
- Shovel snow to the right side of your driveway (facing the street) to minimize the amount of snow entering your driveway.
- If possible, wait until the Borough trucks have made at least three passes on your street before cleaning your driveway.
- Shovel and/or blow snow onto the curb, not into the street.
- DO NOT PARK cars on the street from one hour after snow has continuously fallen until 12 hours after snow has stopped. This speeds up the removal process and prevents cars from being plowed in.
- To insure safety of pedestrians, residents must remove snow from sidewalks following a snow fall. Please remember that children are walking to schools and bus stops all over town.
- In the event of deep snow, please shovel around your mailbox and fire hydrants near your house – for your safety and your neighbors’.
Snow Related Ordinances
400-8: Removal of snow, grass and weeds.
The owner or owners, tenant or tenants of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks and gutters of public streets, avenues and highways shall remove all snow from the same within 12 hours of daylight after the same shall fall thereon, and all grass, weeds and other impediments therefrom within three days after notice to remove the same.
400-9: Removal of ice.
The owner or owners, tenant or tenants of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks of public streets, avenues and highways shall remove all ice from the same within 12 hours of daylight after the ice shall have formed thereon, or if it shall be impossible within that time to remove the same, the owner or owners, tenant or tenants shall spread over the ice on said sidewalks ashes, sawdust or some other similar material which shall make the said sidewalks safe for the use of pedestrians.
400-10: Removal by Borough; lien for costs. (Amended 2-25-1975 by Ord. No. 485)
Where the owner or owners, tenant or tenants shall refuse or neglect to remove such snow, ice, grass, weeds or other impediments in the manner and within the time herein provided, the same may be removed by or under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Works or any other officer of the Borough who may be designated by the Mayor for that purpose. In such cases, such officer shall certify the cost of the removal of such snow, ice, grass, weeds or other impediments to the Borough Council, which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands abutting or bordering such sidewalk or gutter; the amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such land and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes and to be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
Snow Removal: Step-by-Step
- Once plowing of snow has begun, four passes will be made on each route to provide curb-to-curb cleaning.
- Depending on the duration of a storm, it may be necessary to repeat the plowing process several times.
- When a snowfall stops, it takes an additional 8 hours to complete the snow-removal process.
- When a snow-removal process is underway, Public Works employees work around the clock to provide the best possible service to the residents of Haddon Heights.
- Not all roads in Haddon Heights are maintained by the Borough of Haddon Heights. Camden County Department of Public Works and New Jersey DOT both have responsibility for roads in and around the Borough. We’re happy to relay your concerns to these respective authorities, but if you would like to reach the Camden County Highway Department directly, please call 856-566-2980. Here’s a list of roads maintained by the County:
- East Atlantic Avenue
- Station Avenue
- Ninth Avenue
- Prospect Ridge Boulevard
- Kings Highway
- Highland Avenue
- North Park
- South Park
- 13th Avenue
- Hillside Avenue
- If you would like to reach the New Jersey DOT directly, please call 856-795-4735. Here is a list of roads maintained by the State:
- Rt. 30 (WHP)
- Rt. 168 (BHP)
See the Spring 2013 Issue of the Recycler here.
Trash & Recycling Guidelines (Schedule follows)
In Haddon Heights, we pride ourselves on keeping the neighborhoods beautiful. Please help our community stay clean on trash collection day, recycling day and throughout the week.
Trash and recycling materials should be placed on the curb between 4 p.m. the night before collection and 6 a.m. on collection day. Please respect your neighbors by removing empty containers that day. If you are on vacation, have a neighbor place and remove containers at the appropriate times so your house looks occupied.
If you need to replace your recycling bucket, you can pick one up from the Public Works Complex. These are limited to 1 per household.
Dumping of yard debris and trash on highways, green acres, basins or open spaces is not permitted by anyone.
Please follow these guidelines on collection day
- Empty trash cans need to be removed from the curb on collection day.
- Carpet should be cut and tied into 4-foot bundles not exceeding 60 pounds.
- Discarded wood should be cut and tied into 4-foot bundles not exceeding 60 pounds. Nails should be removed or flattened against the surface to prevent injury to our staff.
- Private contractors must independently dispose of any construction waste or demolition debris that their business generates.
- Trash should be place in plastic or metal containers to prevent animals from tearing through plastic bags.
Single Stream Recycling:
- Aluminum & metal cans,
- #1, #2, #4, #5, #7 plastic food & beverage containers
- Glass bottles & jars
- Newspapers, magazines, brochures & inserts (no plastic bag )
- Phone books
- Corrugated cardboard & paper bags (flatten)
- Greeting cards, regular & junk mail
- Cartons (milk, juice etc.)
- Paperboard boxes (cereal, pasta & tissue)
- Cardboard beverage carriers
- File folders & office paper
- Paper towel rolls
- Paperback books
- As of January 2011 the state of New Jersey does not allow electronics such as televisions, computer monitors, laptop computers, & personal computers into the waste stream.
- To dispose of these items Camden County has recycle days for electronic waste.
- For more information about times & locations please call Public Works at 856-546-2580
- All brush should be cut in 4′ lengths.
- Place curbside in open containers or tied in bundles weighing less than 60 pounds. Leaves, grass or brush may not be placed in the street.
- Car batteries can be brought to the Public Works yard. Motor oil must be brought to any location that sells motor oil.
Appliances & Metal Items
- Appliances & metal items require special pickup.
- Check the calendar for scheduled pickup dates.
- Please call Public Works at 856-546-2580 to schedule a pickup
- Trash and recyclables mixed.
- Paints, solvents, asbestos, medical waste, etc. are considered hazardous materials and cannot be picked up.
- Railroad ties.
- Concrete, asphalt and bricks or blocks.
Call the Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs at 856-858-5241 for the county’s scheduled drop-off days.
Trash & Recycling Schedule
There will be no trash collected on the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Christmas Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- July Fourth
- Memorial Day
- Labor Day
- During the listed holidays, trash will be collected the day following the holiday.
Recycling Schedule As Follows:
- Recycling in Haddon Heights is collected year round on a weekly basis.
- Check your Borough calendar for specific dates in your area.
- For collection purposes, the town is divided into 2 sides. The East Side – Haddonfield border to 10th Avenue and the West Side – 10th Avenue to Black Horse Pike.
Sewer Back-up – If you have a sewer back-up of the Borough sewer system and not within your residence or business call D.P.W. (856)546-2580 Monday through Friday from 7:00AM-3:00PM or after hours 1-800-793-4315 when calling state our I.D. #201E. L.