Township News

Posted on: April 13, 2018


Brush Collection

Dear Residents,

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:


  • Branches and tree parts:
  • Cut into four foot (4’) lengths or smaller.
  • Diameter of the branches should not exceed six inches (6”).
  • Placed neatly in piles along the curb line with cut ends facing in the same direction. 
  • Do not place in the street or on the sidewalk.
  • Twigs, small branches, and light brush may be placed in trash cans not exceeding 50lbs. in weight.


  • Trees branches and tree parts which exceed six (6”) inches in diameter.
  • Stumps
  • Dirt, grass, and loose piles of leaves.

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:


  • Material (grass clippings, leaves, plant waste, and light brush) must be placed in containers
  • (32 gallon recommended). All materials can be mixed together during this period.
  • Light brush may also be tied with string in bundles no longer than 4 feet, or placed in 32 gallon  standard garbage cans, cut to the height of the garbage can. 
  • Fifty (50) pound limit per can or bundle.


  • Dirt, logs, roots, stumps
  • No Plastic Bags please

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


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