Leaf Collection update, 1/15/2016
Leaf collection has been completed in all Zones. Residents that still need to dispose of leaves can bring them to the DPW yard located on Commonwealth Drive any Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm or any third Saturday from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, excluding holidays.
No additional collections are scheduled until late-October of 2016. Residents should be aware that anyone who places leaves at the street for collection at times other than scheduled collection times can be cited for violation of Township Ordinance.
Questions about leaf collection should be directed to the Department of Neighborhood Services at 609-654-6791.
Did you know??
During this collection season, crews have collected and disposed of more than 24,000 cubic yards of leaves, with 90% of the town collected. During the 2014-2015 leaf collection season, crews collected and disposed of less than 21,000 cubic yards, and did not complete collections until mid-April 2015.
DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES
18 Fostertown Road
Medford NJ 08055
ATTENTION RESIDENTS!! 2015 LEAF COLLECTION ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Township has received 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 with the Tax bills in early summer, 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 twelve (12) feet off the roadway will NOT be collected. Drivers will not take the truck off the roadway to collect residents’ leaves. Crews will record your address and place a notification on your door if a problem exists and your leaves could not be collected.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Additional information including collection schedules can be found below or on the Township website at www.medfordtownship.com/neighborhoodservices