FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-DPW/UTILITIES
How do I dispose of electronic items?
Electronic items (televisions, monitors, radios, computer parts, etc.) can be brought to either of our Recycling Centers located at 540 Green Pond Road or adjacent to 65 Mt. Hope Road and deposited into the electronics containers. These items must be recycled and cannot be disposed of in the trash. They will not be picked up curbside.
With the new single stream recycling program, can I really deposit cans, bottles, newspapers, cardboard all together in one container for curbside pickup?
Yes! You no longer need to sort your recyclables! All materials can be put together in the same container for curbside pick. Please do not tie or bundle newspapers or cardboard. Cardboard that cannot fit into the same container as cans, bottles and newspapers can be flattened and placed next to the rest of your recyclables, or you may flatten and put cardboard in a manageable size box. No plastic bags please.
I am a little confused about the disposal of newspapers for curbside pickup. How can I dispose of them?
Newspapers, junk-mail, magazines and pamphlets can be recycled in the same bin as your cans, bottles and cardboard. You no longer need to sort them out. Please do not tie or bundle. If your newspapers do not fit conveniently in with your cans and bottles you can put them out loose in a separate reusable container, in a small cardboard box or paper bag. No plastic bags please.
Are the Recycling Centers single stream like curbside pick-up?
No. When bringing your recyclables to the Recycling Yards please sort your materials.
How do I dispose of household batteries?
You can recycle alkaline and rechargeable batteries at either of our Recycling Centers by placing them in the electronics container (look for the designated area in the container). For rechargeable batteries – please place in a zip lock back or tape over the terminal.
Who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the sidewalk in front of my home?
Per Township Code 16-6.1 sidewalks are the responsibility of the landowner “The owner of any lands lying within the limits of the Township shall maintain and be responsible for the proper upkeep of that part of the street between the property line and the curb abutting his or her property, including corner areas adjacent to corner lots either within or without the property lines. Such upkeep shall include the proper maintenance and repair of the sidewalk in places where such sidewalk exists.”
Where does my responsibility stop for the water service to my house?
The homeowner is responsible for the water service from the curb box shutoff to the house. The Utility is only responsible for the actual water meter after the curb box shutoff
During a snow storm the snow plow damaged my curb. Will the Township repair it?
Yes, a DPW representative will come out to assess the damage and it will be placed on our schedule for repair. Please visit our Service Request to report damage or call 973-983-2891.
How do I get a copy of the water quality for the Rockaway Water System?
Annually the Utility sends copies of our water quality results to our consumers in out water consumer confidence reports. There is a copy of our latest report located on the website. You may also go to the NJDEP website listed below and click on Drinking Water Watch
When do I need to call for an Underground mark-out, to locate different utilities? (water, sewer, electric, gas, telephone, cable)
Homeowners and all contractors that are going to dig whether it is 1inch or 12feet deep need to make notification tio the NJ ONE CALL CENTER. Please call 811