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**The Township Garage, located behind Bob Meyer Park on Commonwealth Drive (off Gravelly Hollow Road), is open every weekday (except holidays) from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm to accept all recyclables. This includes not only paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans, but also leaves and brush. Leaves and Brush can also be dropped off the 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm and other additional days as posted here: http://www.medfordtownship.com/content/233/251/323.aspx.***
GENERAL INFORMATION & GUIDELINES FOR BI-ANNUAL BRUSH COLLECTION PROGRAM
BRUSH COLLECTION FOR 2019 IS COMPLETE. No additional collections will be made until the Spring of 2020. While touring many neighborhoods, we found some residents have placed piles of brush next to their leaf piles. This is a violation of Township Ordinance. Brush may only be placed at the street during regular collection times posted on the municipal website (www.medfordtownship.com/brushandleaf). Residents who place brush at the street outside of regular collection times are subject to summons and fines.
Residents who have brush to dispose of may bring it to the DPW yard located on Commonwealth Drive behind Bob Meyer Park any Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 2 pm. The yard is also open on the third Saturday of each month from 8 am to 1 pm, excluding holidays. Residents are required to show proof of residency. Contractors are not permitted to dispose of any debris at the DPW yard.
Township Code states "All brush shall be stored on a resident's property and shall not be placed at the roadside earlier than 10 days preceding the Monday of the scheduled collection week. Brush generated by professional tree removers, trimmers or landscapers shall be removed by the contractor within 10 days from the date it is generated." Residents who place brush at the street outside of designated collection times will be cited for violation of Township Code.
Brush should be placed at the street no later than the Monday of the first scheduled collection week. Each street will be collected once during the spring collection and once during the summer collection.
Brush shall include the pruning of trees, shrubs, bushes or vines, but exclude grass clippings, flowers, weeds, tree trunks, stumps, leaves and other foreign debris. If the excluded items are mixed with the brush, Township crews will not pick up.
All brush must be piled neatly at the edge of the property and cannot be placed in any roadway or sidewalk. The brush should not exceed 4-6 feet in length, and should not be any larger than 6 inches in diameter. Brush should be kept a minimum of five (5) feet from utility boxes and other hazards.
Township Code states “All brush shall be stored on a resident's property and shall not be placed at the roadside earlier than 10 days preceding the Monday of the scheduled collection week.” This Ordinance is strictly enforced. Brush placed at the street for collection outside of these collection dates will not be collected. The Township will enforce Municipal Codes that prohibit the placement of leaves or brush at the street outside of scheduled collection times. Residents who place material at the street outside of our collection schedule will be cited accordingly.
As a reminder for those residents who utilize a private contractor, the contractor is responsible for the removal of the brush from the property.
Did you know … Medford Township residents recycled almost 17,000 cubic yards of brush and tree parts in 2017?!? This material, along with leaves and other recyclables, counts towards our annual State Recycling Tonnage Grant; which helps to offset costs to provide recycling services to our residents.
Annual Fall Leaf Collection Program
LEAF COLLECTION FOR 2019 IS COMPLETE. No additional collections will be made until the Fall of 2020. While touring many neighborhoods, we found some residents still have piles of leaves. This is a violation of Township Ordinance and will impede any snow removal efforts. Leaves may only be placed at the street during regular collection times posted on the municipal website (www.medfordtownship.com/brushandleaf).
As a reminder, placement of leaves at the curb or along the street at any other time or in any other manner is a violation of Township Ordinance #82. Any leaves placed curbside outside of the times specified by the Township will be the responsibility of the homeowner to have removed.
Residents with leaves to dispose of outside of the annual Fall Collection program may bring them to the DPW Yard as noted above. All leaves should be removed from the curbside and disposed of by other means until official notice of the Leaf program is released by the Township. Residents who place leaves at the street for collection outside of the Township's Collection program could be cited for violation of Township Ordinance.
Leaves are the only substance that can be put into the gutter. It is very important to keep storm drains clear. Please do not cover the storm drains and keep piles about 1 foot from curbs so rain water runoff can flow freely. Also, please do not park vehicles close to piles; if a car is close to the pile, we will not risk any type of impact and the pile will be passed by.
Any leaves placed curbside outside of the times specified by the Township will be the responsibility of the homeowner to have removed. Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing leaves at the curb is only allowed seven (7) days prior to a scheduled collection.
Placement of leaves at the curb or along the street at any other time or in any other manner is a violation of Township Ordinance 82. You can also check the Home Page and Facebook page for updates as staff progress thru the Township. The administration reminds residents of the requirements for leaf collection as included in the Medford Solid Waste Ordinance (82-4D) and the NJ State Stormwater Management Regulations. Major provisions in Ordinance 82-4 are as follows:
- Leaves can be placed curbside. Any leaves placed curbside after the Township has picked-up in a Zone will be the sole responsibility of the homeowner to remove. For those residents scheduled for a later pick-up, Township officials remind you that leaves left out too soon could create a fire hazard.
- Leaves should be placed at least ten (10) feet from any storm sewer.
- Leaves must be piled away from the curb or edge of the property to allow for water runoff during storms, but not be placed any further than ten (10) feet from the edge of the roadway. Leaves should not be placed in the roadway or block travel lanes. This will help alleviate traffic and pedestrian/bike hazards.
- Leaves should not be placed around trees, signs, utility poles or other obstacles.
- Any leaves generated by professional landscapers, contractors, or anyone hired by a homeowner, must be removed by same.
In the past, the Township has encountered delays with leaf collection due to non-compliance with Township requirements, which impacts the Department’s ability to deliver prompt and efficient service. Residents that do not follow the above procedures are reminded that leaves will not be picked up. The full provisions of Ordinance 82-D can be found on the website utilizing the "Council and Manager" link to Administrative Codes.
In a continuing effort to service residents wishing to dispose of leaves, the Medford Township Garage/Yard/Dump, located at 2 Commonwealth Drive, will accept leaves daily from 7 am until 2 pm, and every third Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm; excluding holidays. Residents must provide proof of residency to gain access to the drop-off point. Absolutely no contractors will be permitted to drop off any items.
WE APPRECIATE & THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION as it helps to maintain a safe, clean and attractive community.
Residents are reminded that both Leaf & Brush collection may be hindered due to the following unforeseen circumstances. Collections will resume as problems are corrected.
- Recognized Holidays
- Manpower Availability
- Adverse Weather Conditions
- Other Emergency Operations or Problems
The Township receives many inquiries regarding leaf collection. Some of the commonly asked questions include:
Q: My Zone was scheduled for collection next week but the township is collecting leaves in my Zone now. Is the posted schedule correct?
A: The Township will collect leaves in each Zone on the scheduled collection week. If time permits, a second sweep of the scheduled Zone may be completed. If crews complete the Zone before the end of the week, they may move forward into the next scheduled Zone. Depending on the volume of leaves, they may be a Zone or two ahead.
Q: I raked my yard after I saw the truck collecting in my neighborhood. The truck never came back to get my leaves. When will they come back to collect my leaves?
A: Residents should have their leaves placed at the street for collection by Monday morning of the scheduled collection week. If time permits, a second sweep of the scheduled Zone may be completed. Due to the volume of leaves in any Zone, crews may not return for a second sweep during the scheduled week. Every effort will be made to collect all leaves placed curbside on the scheduled collection week. If for some reason crews do not get to your street due to volume in any given Zone, we will make an effort to come back when time permits.
Q: Will signs be placed in my neighborhood indicating a scheduled collection?
A: No. We utilize several methods to notify residents of scheduled collections. The collection schedule was distributed via an Informational Brochure mailed to all residents with Tax bills, is posted on our website and Facebook page, and various alerts are distributed through Nixle and email blasts.
Q: My leaves were placed at the street for collection but were not picked up. Why did they skip my leaves?
A: Leaves may not be collected for several reasons. If your leaf pile contains branches, tree limbs, sticks, trash, or debris, crews will NOT collect your leaves. Leaves containing sticks, branches, trash and debris clog the machine, and create unnecessary delays. Trying to vacuum leaves with sticks and debris mixed in is similar to trying to pick up a pencil with a household vacuum. If your leaf pile is left behind, make sure your leaves are free of any foreign material. Leaves may also be left behind if they cannot be reached with the suction tube. Leaves located more than ten (10) feet off the roadway or placed around trees or obstacles will NOT be collected. Crews will NOT rake large amounts of leaves to the suction hose. Drivers are instructed not take the truck off the roadway to collect residents’ leaves. If Township personnel witnessed landscapers or a private contractor placing your leaves at the street, they will NOT collect your leaves.
- Any Vegetation (leaves, brush and grass clippings, etc.) and recycling are NOT permitted to be disposed of in trash containers
- Inclement weather including heavy rain, snow, or ice will affect leaf collection operations. When experiencing a snow event, leaves will NOT be collected. Our personnel move into winter weather operations whenever snow or ice is predicted.
- The volume of leaves in any given area will slow our crews considerably. Residents with heavily wooded lots who remove leaves from every square inch of their property place excessive amounts of leaves at the street for collection. This will create substantial delays. Unreasonable amounts of leaves placed curbside by residents may not be collected, at the discretion of the Township.
- Contractors hired by residents to perform leaf cleanups must dispose of the leaves at the contractor’s expense. The Township will NOT collect leaves placed at the street by contractors.