The Monument


In memory of those soldiers who gave their lives for their country while on duty in Camp Merritt.This Monument marked the center of the Camp and faces the highway over which more than a million American soldiers passed on their way to and from the World War, 1917 - 1919.

The 56-foot Merritt Circle Monument is located at the intersection of Knickerbocker Road and Madison Avenue on the border of Cresskill and Dumont. It was dedicated in 1924, in honor of the 563 men and women who died in the 1918 flu epidemic while stationed at Camp Merritt. The dedication was made by General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, the man who led the American forces to fame and triumph in World War I.  

Madison Ave. looking toward Dumont from Cresskill ... about 1910

The monument encompasses the entire circle, including the four curved stone walls (two of which are still standing). On the North face of the monument is a bas relief depicting a noble warrior standing proudly in defense of his country and offering protection to the departing solders on their way to the war in Europe. At the base of the southern side is a plaque designed by Katharine Lamb in 1919 depicting the Palisades. The plaque indicates that Camp Merritt was used as an area for embarkation. A little-known but interesting aspect of the monument lies at the north-facing base. It is a three-dimensional stone carving of the buildings that were in Camp Merritt.

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Recycling Center

The Recycling Center located at 325 Piermont Road, is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This center is for residents only. Commercial vehicles are not permitted at the recycling center at any time.


Please note that we will no longer be collecting "alkaline batteries" at the DPW for recycling.

If you wish to continue recycling batteries click here for a list of dropoff sites.

The collection of recyclables will take place on Monday & Thursday. It must be placed curbside before 7:00am. Each street in town has been assigned a day for pick-up. Commingle and Newspapers will be picked up on alternating weeks. Please click here for your assigned day. Commingled which includes glass, aluminum, tin, and plastic containers, must be placed in barrels. Paper and cardboard must be tied and bundled, or placed in paper bags.

Grass and Garden debris will be collected curbside on Wednesdays, March through November. It must be placed in barrels no larger than 30 gallons (DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS). Branches must be less than four feet in length, tied in bundles, and placed at the curb.             

Christmas trees will be recycled on Wednesdays during the month of January. Please have your trees at the curb by 7:00am. Please be sure to remove all decorations and lights before placing at the curb.      

Materials accepted at the Recycling Center are: 

  • Paper, including newspaper, junk mail, catalogs, magazines, telephone books and paperback book 
  • Cardboard, including corrugated and chipboard. Please flatten cardboard boxes to maximize space in container.
  • Leaves, brush and branches
  • Car batteries. 
  • Vehicle motor oil
  • Tires (auto only)
  • Scrap metal  

Non-acceptable Material:

Construction material will not be accepted at the recycling center. Construction material includes lumber, windows, doors, roofing, siding, and wooden fence. Rock, concrete, stone, asphalt, propane tanks and furniture are also not accepted. You must use a private contractor to dispose of these materials. Consult the Yellow Pages under “Rubbish and Garbage Removal”.

Hazardous waste items such as oil base paints, solvents and thinners, gasoline, antifreeze, chemicals, pesticides and herbicides are not accepted at the Recycling Center. These items can be disposed of on the Hazardous Waste Collections Days sponsored each year by the Bergen County Utilities Authority.


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