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18 York Street
Lambertville, NJ  08530 


Public Works

Sparkle Week

Sparkle Week


The 2023 Sparkle Week pickup dates for bulk trash items are as follows:

  • Zone 1 - Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023
  • Zone 2 - Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
  • Zone 3 - Thursday, May 11th, 2023
  • Zone 4 - Friday, May 12th, 2023


What is Sparkle Week? 

Sparkle Week is an annual event that provides residents with the opportunity to recycle items too large to place in your regular garbage pick-up (please see the list of excluded items below).

Sparkle Week predates the 1960’s, when Lambertville residents would put out their bulk trash in events dubbed “Operation Sparkle.” Over time, it has become a community-wide event, with residents and visitors claiming discarded items that may still have usable life.  Spanning more than 60 years, Sparkle Week has grown from just being a bulk-trash pickup into the ultimate recycling and 'up-cycling' event.

This event has been designed to allow our pickers to help us remove items we no longer wish to keep, while offsetting the budget crunch. The Governing Body relaxed the ordinance that assesses a fine for the placement of trash to the curb prior to 5:00 PM the night before your regularly scheduled pick-up to allow the time required for our public to view and pick!

The pickup dates, signifying the end of that zone's sparkle week, are based on normal trash-day zones and are as follows:

Zone One - Tuesday pickup: May 2nd

Begins at Church Street and goes south to Route 29, includes Bridge Street, Ferry Street, Swan Street, Mount Hope Street and Canal Street. It also includes Curley Lane, Grants Alley and Washington Street.

Zone Two:  - Wednesday pickup date: May 3rd

Includes Cottage Hill, Connaught Hill and Music Mountain.

Zone Three – Thursday pickup: May 11th

Begins at Church Street, runs north to Delaware Avenue.

Zone Four – Friday pickup: May 12th

Begins the north side of Delaware Avenue, runs north to Cherry Street, and includes Lamberts Hill and Blair Tract.


The following is a review of the program and is offered to help clarify how you can participate:

When Does It Start?  You can start placing your sparkle items at the curb the Sunday before your scheduled Sparkle pick-up.

When Does It Stop?  You cannot place additional items out once your designated pickup date has passed. The official end date for Sparkle Week is May 19, 2023 and a fine of $250 will be imposed for all unpermitted items left on the curb after that date.

What Is Included?  You can place most bulk items out for picking (see excluded items below). Up to 4 forty-pound bags of garbage will be accepted without a fee; and the following items will be picked-up for no fee but have limits:

  1. Limit two car tires per household,
  2. Brush or tree branches must be separated and bundled and nothing larger than 4 inches by diameter,

What Isn’t Included?  The following items will not be picked up by the City:

  1. No clothing,
  2. No building construction debris (sheet rock, large pieces of wood, etc.),
  3. No concrete, brick or block,
  4. No electronics (televisions, microwaves, monitors, computers, stereos); these may be taken to Hunterdon County. 
  5. No paints or oils of any kind; these may be taken to Hunterdon County.

    * The schedule for Hunterdon County disposal days can be found at the following link: https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/261/Recycling-Solid-Waste-Services

What Happens If My Items Are Not Taken By Pickers?  It is your responsibility to remove all items from your property. You can buy a Bulk Trash Permit Online or visit City Hall at 18 York Street; You can call a private trash removal service; or You can take your items back inside.  Fees are listed below.

What Happens If I Don’t Buy a Permit?  Public Works Department will tag all items that have not been properly paid for with a sticker directing people to the online site to purchase a Bulk Trash Permit or by calling Clerk’s Office at 609-397-0110, ext. 12. You can purchase a permit or choose to dispose of your items through another venue.

Questions:  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 609-397-0110 x12





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