Medford Township officials announced today that the Fall 2014 Leaf Collection Program will commence the week of November 10th, and continue until the entire Township has been collected. Neighborhood Services (Public Works) staff will commence leaf pick-up on November 10th in Zone 3, then continue onto Zones 4, 5, 1, and concluding in Zone 2.
The Township 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:
(1) Leaves can be placed curbside now. 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.
(2) Leaves must NOT be placed within ten (10) feet from any storm sewer. Also, please do not park vehicles on the street close to leaf piles, our trucks will not risk damage to any parked vehicle which makes accessibility difficult for our equipment.
(3) 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 six (6) feet from the edge of the roadway. At no time should leafs be placed in the roadway. This will help alleviate traffic and pedestrian/bike hazards.
(4) 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 Medford website utilizing the “Council and Administration link” to Administrative Codes.
Progress updates will be posted on the homepage of the Medford website, and sent out via the E-Mail notification system also on the Township website. Residents are strongly encouraged to register for these e-mails for these and other Township operations at www.medfordtownship.com/emails.
Residents unsure of which Zone they are located in should check the Township website, www.medfordtownship.com/Departments/Neighborhood Services for the designated streets/sub-divisions in each Zone.
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 1 pm. 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. Residents arriving at the drop-off area in a commercial vehicle will be asked to sign a form stating that all materials are from their personal residence and not commercially generated items.
Residents may also contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 609-654-6791 for additional information.