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The Department of Environmental Services works to improve quality of life through operations and maintenance of Hoboken’s public spaces. We maintain municipal parks and buildings, collect garbage and recycling, sweep and plow the streets, and repair potholes. We coordinate with the local utilities responsible for operating Hoboken’s energy, sewer, and water infrastructure, while making long-term capital investments in flood mitigation and replacing aging water mains. We also execute the municipal code related to sanitation, trees, and sidewalks.

PARKS

Environmental Services oversees the maintenance of parks and public spaces. Health & Human Services oversees events and recreation programs in Hoboken parks. Learn more about fields, facilities, and athletic programs.

TREES

The Hoboken Shade Tree Commission oversees the regulation, planting, care, and control of trees along roadways, in parks and public places in the City of Hoboken. Property owners are responsible for stewardship of street trees adjacent to their property. Any planting or pruning of street trees requires a tree permit. Learn more about tree planting and stewardship, find a licensed tree contractor, apply for a tree permit, and review tree planting guidelines.

RECYCLING AND WASTE COLLECTION

Environmental Services manages city wide garbage, recycling, and bulk removal programs. The Department also coordinate with the county to provide drop off days for hazardous materials. Learn more about Hoboken's trash, recycling, and pet waste programs.

All items for pick up should be placed curb side after 9 PM (limited business area) or 7:30 PM (remainder of the City) on the appropriate day. Failure to follow this and other municipal ordinances can result in the issuing of a summons.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Environmental Services enforces the Municipal Code as it pertains to garbage, recycling, litter, weeds, trees, streets, sidewalks, and snow removal. These are regulated by the following chapters of the City Code: Chapter 62 Shade Tree Commission, Chapter 110 Garbage, Rubbish, and Litter, Chapter 136-2 Prohibited ActsChapter 168 Streets and Sidewalks, Chapter 148 Plastic Bags, and Chapter 151 Recycling.

STREETS

Environmental Services repairs minor potholes on municipal streets, and coordinates with Hudson County to repair potholes on County roads. To report a pothole, click here for 311. The Department of Transportation & Parking and Division of Engineering oversee capital improvements in municipal streets, sinkholes, sidewalk and street opening permits.

SNOW REMOVAL

During winter weather, Environmental Services manages snow removal on municipal streets, parks, and buildings. The Department also coordinates with Hudson County for snow removal on County roads. Learn more about winter weather operations.

UTILITIES

Sewer

North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) owns and operates Hoboken’s combined sanitary and storm sewer system. Report a clogged catch basin or sewer issue, or call 1.866.689.3970 for the emergency hotline.

Water

The Hoboken Water Utility owns and SUEZ operates Hoboken’s drinking water distribution system. SUEZ is responsible for operating and maintaining the water system. Report a service issue, water discoloration, pay your bill, or change service, or call 1.800.422.0141.

Learn more about plans to upgrade Hoboken's aging water infrastructure system.

Energy

PSEG owns and operates Hoboken’s electric and natural gas distribution system. Report a street light outage or pole issue, power outage, gas leak, pay your bill, make an appointment, or change service, call 1.800.436.7734. Download the FAQ about PSEG Utility Service.

Communications

Telephone and internet service in Hoboken is provided by Verizon and Altice (Optimum).

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