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Important Message about Brush

After touring most of the Township over the past couple of weeks, it appears that residents are still placing piles of brush at the street for collection. Brush collection for all Zones has been completed. No additional brush collections are scheduled for the remainder of 2016. The brush collection schedule for 2017 will be posted in January 2017. We do anticipate two collections in 2017, one in the Spring and one in late Summer/early Fall as we did this year.

Residents who still have placed brush piles in front of their homes for collection are required to remove this material as soon as possible. Township Code states that “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.” Therefore, as the Brush Collection program has concluded for 2016, this material should not be stored in front yards.

Residents may bring their brush to the DPW Facility on Commonwealth Drive for disposal any Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, and every third Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, excluding holidays. Residents must show proof of residency. (Contractors are not permitted to dispose of any material at the DPW yard.)

Brush piles placed at the street or on front yard properties degrade the appearance of the community and create an unnecessary fire and safety hazard. Additionally, brush piles placed at the street or on the cul-de-sacs create safety concerns and unnecessary delays for the crews who have begun leaf collection efforts, and may also impede snow plowing efforts over the winter.

Residents who fail to remove their brush from the street will be cited accordingly. Chapter 49-1 of the Township Code titled “Brush, Grass, and Weeds” states “It shall be unlawful for any owner or owners, occupant or occupants, tenant or tenants of any lot or tract of land situate within the limits of the Township of Medford to permit or maintain on any such lot or tract of land any brush, weeds, including ragweed, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris injurious to the public health, safety and general welfare or where the same shall tend to create a fire hazard or where the same may tend to interfere with the orderly flow of surface waters across said lands.” These Township Codes will be strictly e nforced. The Township will also investigate and enforce any dumping of brush on Township owned property and open space.

Please share this message with your neighbors in an effort to avoid future enforcement action. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help in making Medford a safe and attractive community for everyone to enjoy.

Richard Parks, CPWM
Director of Neighborhood Services

Dept of Public Works Update

Garage/Yard full access hours have been expanded. New Hours effective (Feb 12)
Every Tuesday  7:30am – 11:30am and every Thursday 11:30am – 3:00pm; 3rd Saturday of each month – 7:00am to Noon.  That’s 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, and 12/21.
Garage/Yard limited access – for ONLY recyclables, cardboard/paper, cans/bottles/glas, rigid plastics, electronics, brush and leaves.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00am – 1:00PM
Tuesday 7:00am – 7:30am & 11:30am – 1:00pm
Thursday 7:00am – 11:30am
ALL OTHER MATERIALS, accepted ONLY during full access hours shown above.
Leaf collection is now completed.  There will NOT be another collection until late 2013 (no spring leaf collection).  Any leaves piled in the street, is a violation of the state storm water management regulations, and must be removed by the homeowner.  Failure to do so may result in penalties.
Brush collection schedule is being changed from the previously announced Feb/Mar.  Brush collection is now scheduled to start in April.  When the zone by zone schedule is set, it will be posted on the Township website.
New (Vendor) Trash Trucks? – Some residents may have noticed the trash collection vendor emptying cans by hand into rear loading trash trucks, or by other semi-automated methods.  This is a temporary situation – the vendor had a delay in receipt of the new trucks they purchased for use in Medford, and had some mechanical problems with automated collection trucks temporarily being used.  Despite the vendor equipment issues, trash has been collected mostly as scheduled – and at no added cost to the Township for any extra manpower the vendor needs to get the cans emptied.  As a reminder, any service questions should first be directed to Casworth at 856-848-3505Container repairs/replacements continue to be handled by Medford Public Works (609)-654-2608 x322 or email jscherf@medfordtownship.com.
Bulk Collection must be scheduled by Monday 12:00 noon prior to the Wednesday of your pick up week. To schedule please e-mail BulkPickup@medfordtownship.com or call Judy Scherf at 609-654-2608 ext. 322. There are restrictions such as no construction debris, appliances, no metals, no bags of trash. For any other information please call Judy Scherf at 609-654-2608 ext. 322.
Trash container reminders:
 1) Please keep the lids closed – if it is broken, contact Public Works for repair/replace – landfill tipping fees are expensive, no need to waste tax dollars dumping rain water at the landfill.  No holes are to be drilled in the bottoms of the cans.
 2) When placing cans at the curb, please leave 2-3 feet of space between cans, recycle containers, mailboxes, trees, signposts, etc., to allow drivers to easily and efficiently grab the cans with the claw arm.  Same goes for recycle containers.  Curbside collection of recyclables continues to be done by the County, not the Township, or new trash vendor.

Medford Township Brush Pickup – Update

The pickup of vegetative debris, or brush, left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will begin this week. Residents are asked to move all brush curbside immediately and to avoid placing it under wires or low hanging trees. The Township has contracted with Ceres Environmental to remove and dispose of the brush along the Township right-of-way. Brush pickup is expected to begin within the next day or two in Zone 1 and will progress rapidly through the remainder of the zones. The contractor will be working during daylight hours, seven days a week and will only make one pass. Any problems or issues with the contractor should be reported to the Public Works Department at 609-654-2608, ext. 322.

The pickup of brush is separate and apart from the Township leaf collection program. Please follow previous guidance issued by the Public Works Department regarding the status of leaf collection.

For full details, view this message on the web.