Bill Macomber
Public Works Director
Telephone: (609) 967-7697
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

The Avalon Department of Public Works…Works For You!

Avalon is a clean and green community for many reasons, most notably due to our residents and visitors who take pride in their community.  The Avalon Department of Public Works assists with the public’s effort by not only making sure Avalon is clean…but also by rebuilding our community and assisting with every infrastructure effort in the Borough.

Your Avalon Department of Public Works keeps the Avalon beachfront and streets clean and safe.  You will see our staff constantly cleaning the beaches and maintaining all of the beach paths that provide you with easy access to the beach.  The department also operates the street sweeper that keeps our streets clean, and we maintain all of the trash receptacles in our community.  Each year, we are proud to offer the Borough of Avalon a “Community Paper Shredding Day” where you can safely and conveniently shred your documents.

The work doesn’t stop there.  Public Works also maintains all of the public buildings, grounds, ball fields, recreational spaces, and public land in the Borough of Avalon.  When storms hit Avalon, you will see public works employees plowing your streets, salting your roads, and working along with Middlesex Water Company to prevent flooding.  All of this hard work needs a strong, dependable vehicle fleet.  The Avalon Department of Public Works maintains 120 Borough vehicles along with 114 county vehicles through a shared services agreement with Cape May County.

And when it comes to building a better community, the Avalon Department of Public Works truly works for you.  Recently, the department constructed and installed Avalon’s popular kayak park at 57th Street and the bay.  Public Works also constructed new innovations including the state’s first municipal pet evacuation trailer and Avalon’s brand new September 11th Memorial Plaza.  We personally rebuild sections of the Avalon Boardwalk when repairs are needed to save taxpayers’ money, and we maintain all of the traffic signs and other signs in our community.

The Avalon Department of Public Works is here to serve you.  Please contact us anytime with your questions, concerns, or ideas.  Together, we continue to make Avalon the best place to live and vacation in the State of New Jersey.

2020 Trash & Recycling Information

Avalon Offers Recycle Coach Phone App, Weblink to Answer Questions About Solid Waste Collection!

The Borough of Avalon is providing all residents, property owners, and visitors with a new phone and website app that includes information about all solid waste, recycling, and other trash collection and disposable initiatives in the Borough.  Avalon has partnered with the “Recycle Coach”, provided free of charge to the Borough via an agreement with the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority.

The app has the ability to set up a custom schedule for customers so they never miss a collection day.  It can send alerts for pickup reminders when you need them and issue alerts whenever a schedule needs to change due to a storm event.  It also includes easy to understand information about what is accepted as recycling, and what is not; information regarding electronics and brush collection; and information about regularly scheduled events, including bulk trash collection and the Borough’s annual community paper shredding day.

The app is free for the public and is available through the Apple app store and for Androids on Google Play.  The app also interacts with Amazon’s popular “Alexa” product.

The Avalon Department of Public Works reminds the public that the Borough offers a free courtesy trash and recycling depot at the Public Works Yard’s 15th Street entrance, off Dune Drive.  The facility is open every day throughout the year except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm.  The Borough currently has a five-year contract for solid waste, recycling, and brush collection with EarthTech; that contract has been assumed by Gold Medal which is re-branded with new management and staff and will begin operations in Avalon in the coming weeks.

For more information about the Recycle Coach and solid waste collection initiatives in Avalon, please visit the “Public Works” page at

opens in a new windowAvalon’s Recycling Ordinance


The Borough of Avalon’s water system is managed by our partners at the Middlesex Water Company.  Utility Service Affliates-Avalon is in our community seven days a week managing Avalon’s water system.  Stop by the Avalon Department of Public Works building anytime to speak with a representative about any water issue you may have.  Click on opens in a new windowMiddlesex Water Company website to learn important tips on how to protect your home and conserve water.  And, click on opens in a new windowAvalon section of Middlesex Water Company website for Avalon-specific contact information.  The Avalon Department of Public Works and Middlesex Water Company are both here to serve you!  Avalon CCR 2020


The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority has alerted all 16 communities in the County regarding an issue involving recyclables being placed in plastic bags for disposal and collection.  The Authority reminds the public that this practice is not acceptable and recyclables need to be placed only in a single-stream recycling container.

The correct process is for the public to place recyclables in a single stream container for collection.  It is not acceptable for the public to place the recyclables into a plastic bag, then place the bag in a container or set the bag out by the curb for collection.  The MUA is receiving so many plastic bags that it is causing severe operational and equipment problems.  The processing within the MUA plant is slowed by each bag has to be ripped open and dumped onto the processing belt.  This creates a safety hazard.  Additionally, whatever bags get through the sorter stations end up wrapped around rotating equipment which forces a complete shutdown of the system to enable employees to take time to cut away these bags that have become wrapped or jammed.

Please visit our Public Works page of this website to learn more information about the trash and recycling collection schedules, including our convenient recycling drop off center located just off Dune Drive at 15th Street.

The county of Cape May implemented a new single-stream recycling program as of April 1, 2013.  All recyclables may be placed in one single container curbside on your collection day.

Items that may be placed in one sin­gle con­tainer for recy­cling include, but are not lim­ited to: News­pa­pers, junk mail, mag­a­zines, tele­phone and paper­back books, dry food boxes, wrap­ping paper, card­board, clean pizza boxes that con­tain no food prod­ucts, plas­tic food and bev­er­age con­tain­ers, plas­tic buck­ets and land­scape pots, clear and green glass bot­tles and con­tain­ers, brown bot­tles and jugs, food/beverage cans made of tin, steel, or alu­minum.  You are asked to empty and rinse out any food con­tain­ers that will be recycled.

Prod­ucts that are not recy­clable and should be placed in the reg­u­lar trash can include, but are not lim­ited to:  Food con­t­a­m­i­nated boxes, Sty­ro­foam pack­ag­ing, poly­styrene egg car­tons, wax-coated card­board boxes, win­dow glass, bev­er­age cups, paint cans, PVC pipes, light bulbs, plas­tic bags and any items that con­tain chem­i­cal or haz­ardous products.

Did you know that the Borough of Avalon will gladly pick up and recycle your shrink wrap for your boat? Give us a call and let us tell you more about how recycling shrink wrap is good for the environment!

Complaints regarding missed collections should be direct to Public Works, 609-967-7697

opens in a new windowThe Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority offers all of the information you know about how to properly recycle! Click on the link for useful information on how to best handle your household recycling needs.