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As the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, it is my duty to provide our residents with an update regarding our plans for brush and tree collection. I know all of you are anxious to have the brush and tree parts left behind by March’s storms removed as soon as possible. The debris cannot go to the landfill or compost area in its current condition; it must be ground into wood chips and mulch. Prior to removing any debris, the Township had to secure a site large enough to store over 10,000 cubic yards of material. The Administrator and Engineering Department have assisted us, and we have two locations suitable to store large quantities of material. However, prior to utilizing either of these locations, we are required to apply for a Temporary Debris Management Area (TDMA) permit with the NJ DEP. As part of this process, we must provide a site plan, current pictures of the location(s), and diagrams of the proposed work site with the application. This information has been sent to the NJ DEP for review and approval. I am confident we will receive their approval to use these locations. We can then commence the arduous task of removing the brush and tree parts. We will post an additional notice to alert residents as to when the collection process will begin. At this time, we anticipate collection to begin by the end of April.
We ask that all residents place large brush and tree parts at the curb (not in the street) using the following guidelines:
It is the responsibility of the property owner to dispose of any trees or tree parts which do not meet these requirements. Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated.
Curbside collection of yardwaste in Zone 1 begins this Saturday, April 14, 2018; Zone 2 is scheduled for collection next Saturday, April 21, 2018. We ask everyone who participates to have the material out by 6:00 AM on both days for our collection crews. We will be collecting containerized brush, leaves, and grass, as well as bundled brush. Many residents will have both large piles of loose brush and tree parts, along with containerized or bundled leaves, grass, and brush. We would appreciate it if the materials you place out for Curbside Yardwaste Collection are clearly placed separately from the larger pile of brush and tree parts.
Guidelines to follow:
ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS FOR YARDWASTE COLLECTION
Residents (not contractors) may bring grass clippings and light brush to the Department of Public Works site on Jane Way off West Hanover Avenue during daily business hours, and Saturdays from April through September, 6:00 AM to 1:45 PM. Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions, please contact our Department of Public Works Office at 973-326-7398.
Thomas J. Eschmann