502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869-3799
Tel: 973.989.7100Fax: 973.989.7076

Leaf Collection Program

Posted: October 7, 2005

The Randolph Public Works Department will begin the township’s annual leaf collection program at the end of October.

New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has instituted new stormwater regulations to prevent pollution of the area’s waterways which may have the effect of eliminating our leaf collection program as we have come to know it.

The township currently is trying to retain its curbside collection program but in order to meet the DEP requirements for scheduling pickups, it is necessary that the volume of leaves placed at the street be greatly reduced and that residents adhere to schedules.

The schedule:

  • District 1
    South of Pleasant Hill Rd., Calais Rd. & Sussex Tpke., Calais Rd. to Morris Twp. border
    When: Weeks of 10/29 and 12/3
  • District 2
    North of Route 10
    When: Week of 11/5*
  • District 3
    Between Pleasant Hill Rd. & Calais Rd. south of Route 10 and west of Millbrook Ave.
    When: Week of 11/12*
  • District 4
    East of Millbrook Ave., south of Route 10 and north of Sussex Turnpike
    When: Weeks of 11/19 and 11/26*

* Districts 2, 3 & 4: Final clean-up begins 12/8. Leaves must be curbside by this date. No returns.

map of 4 districts

Please try to coordinate your yard raking with this schedule to avoid having leaves in the gutter for extended periods of time.

The new rules:

  • Leaves placed curbside must be at least ten feet from drainage catch basins.
  • Leaves must not be placed curbside more than seven days prior to your scheduled collection date.
  • If you contract for yard maintenance, it is preferred that you either have the contractor compost on site (in a manner that does not create a nuisance) or remove the leaves entirely from your property. Under no circumstances may landscapers or residents place leaves curbside more than 7 days prior to the scheduled collection date.
  • Do not place brush, grass, rocks, etc. curbside as they will not be picked up. These items cause damage to the leaf collection equipment. Please make sure that only leaves are left curbside.

We will be enforcing these new rules with written warnings and summonses. Non-compliance by homeowners could result in fines of up to $1,000.00 for each incident. Additionally, if the township is unable to reduce the volume of leaves placed curbside, we may face significant fines assessed by the state.

To reduce the amount of leaves placed curbside, homeowners are urged to dispose of leaves on their own properties whenever possible. Blowing leaves into wooded areas, placing leaves on acid-loving plants such as azaleas and pachysandra, or creating backyard compost piles will help reduce volume and minimize the costs associated with curbside collection of leaves.

Need more information or have questions? Contact the DPW at 973.989.7086.