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Townwide Leaf Collection Begins Late October

By on Oct 9 2013.
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Fall Leaf Collection

Fall Leaf Collection

If the changing colors of the leaves isn’t enough proof that autumn is here, you don’t have to drive far around town to see an increasing number of leaf piles growing in front of homes.  The Springfield Department of Public Works has put out information about their leaf collection routine that is mostly unchanged since 2005.  In recent years, crews canvass the streets starting the end of October.  While they have already started cleaning up leaves in some neighborhoods due to unusually high volume or out of concern for clogged storm drains which may contribute to localized flooding, they are informing residents and landscapers “they may begin may begin placing leaves in the curb area, either loose or in paper recyclable bags starting October 26th.”

The rules also remain unchanged:

  • They cannot collect any material placed in any type of plastic bags.
  • After the first collection, loose leaves cannot be placed into the curb line for a period of five days.  After five days have elapsed, leaves can once again be placed in the curb area for another collection.
  • Leaves cannot be placed within ten feet in any direction of a curbside storm drain.
  • Do not place any debris (rocks, branches, sticks, etc.) in the leaf piles. If debris is found to be in a pile, that pile will be passed by and not collected until such debris is removed by the homeowner or landscaper.

The DPW stresses that the rules will be enforced and homeowners should advise their landscapers of the rules to “ensure that the upcoming collection process will be as problem free as possible for everyone” and to comply with storm water regulations.  Crews will canvass the Township continuously through the month of December and will adjust according to the weather.  The township has been divided into sections and a determination of the order in which they will be canvassed will be made at the end of the month based on volume.  After the Department of Public Works surveys the sections, residents can get an approximate time when their leaves will be collected by calling 973-912-8483, 973-912-2225, or by e-mailing dpw@springfield-nj.us

Residents who live on Union County roads will have to wait until November.  The Union County Department of Public Works has released a leaf collection schedule for roads that they maintain and they don’t arrive in Springfield until November 13 for the first pick up.  The following is the Union County schedule for the approximate first and second pick up dates for each road:

  • Baltusrol Road from Summit Road to Summit Line: November 13 & December 12
  • Shunpike Road from Orchard Street to South Springfield Avenue: November 22 & December 23
  • Main Street from Morris Avenue to Essex County Line: November 22 & December 23
  • Morris Avenue from Summit Line to Summit Line: November 25 & December 23
  • Mountain Avenue from Morris Avenue to Route 22: November 25 & December 24
  • Meisel Avenue from South Springfield Avenue to Morris Avenue : November 26 & December 24
  • Hillside Avenue from Mountain Avenue to Route 22: November 27 & December 26
  • South Springfield Avenue from Mountainside Line to Mountain Avenue: November 27 & December 27

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