Recycling uses less energy, creating fewer toxins and reducing our carbon footprint. South Orange has curbside single-stream recycling pick up for residents as well as the option to bring various pre-sorted recyclables to the DPW Recycling Center at 300 Walton Avenue.
There are 42 miles of roadway maintained by the DPW in addition to four county roads that run through the community.
The Sewer division of the department is responsible for managing 51 miles of sanitary sewers and 28 miles of storm sewers. Additionally there are also 1,050 catch basins maintained by the department.
The Shade Tree Division is responsible for trimming, removing, planting and caring for 10,000 shade trees in the public right of way and public parks. There is also approximately 75 acres of parkland maintained by the Department of Public Works.
The DPW organizes seasonal collections of leaves and branches for our residents throughout the year. The department also responds to inclement weather conditions by salting, plowing, and clearing debris.
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AS OF END OF BUSINESS DAY NOVEMBER 24TH THE DPW RECYCLING FACILITY WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
Please make use of the curbside recycling program for collection of recyclable materials. Please view the guidelines listed below for a list of acceptable materials.
If you need to order a Toter (recycling) container an electronic order form is located on this page and no contact delivery will be provided.
Leaves will continue to be collected by crews, please rake them curbside per the Leaf Map and seasonal policies. Residents will not me permitted to dump leaves/yard debris at the facility at this time.
THE DPW OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
CALL (973)-378-7741 ext. 1 with inquires, leave a voicemail for a call to be returned to you.
October 26 through December 9
• Leaves should be piled no more than four feet from the curb, and must not extend into traffic lanes. Leaves left in plastic bags will not be collected.
• Leaves can be raked into gutters during leaf season only. Any rake out after this time will be in violation of municipal ordinances and the leaves will not be collected.
• During Leaf Season, no debris other than leaves are permitted in the streets.
• Residents must refer to the Leaf Map to ensure leaves are being placed out only when their zone shows "open" in green. When the map reflects red in a zone residents are not permitted to place leaves out and will be subject to a penalty for violation of Township ordinances.
• Residents are responsible to notify their landscapers/contractors to place leaves out according to Township guidelines.
Additional season information can be found here:
To view the current South Orange Leaf Map from the website's main page, select "Community Map" then select “Leaf Map" from the left column.
For County Roadways, please contact Essex County for their leaf pickup schedule at (973) 239-3366 or view the schedule here.
URGENT RECYCLING COLLECTION UPDATE
Recycling laws will be strictly enforced by the recycling collector Giordano. Contamination of recycling will not be tolerated, all items being recycled need to be cleaned of any food waste. Under no circumstance will Giordano collect recycling in plastic bags. The Township has used single stream recycle processing for several years allowing all recyclable materials to be placed directly into the Toter recycling container for collection. Processors are very strict due to new laws and penalties being imposed by China which will effect costs for the Township if not abided by.
Reminders...Lithium Batteries are NOT to be disposed of in your recycling Toter. These batteries are typically found in cell phones and other electronic devices. They are a fire hazard when improperly disposed of. Please ensure you use appropriate disposal methods- electronic waste, hazardous waste, or company return programs to safely discard these items.
Recycling Collection Schedule
As a reminder to residents plastic bags are not to be placed in recycling Toters due to recycling regulations. This includes foreign objects such as garden hoses, appliances, batteries, hazardous waste etc. Residents that fail to comply will have their pickups rejected by our processor and generate fees for the Township.
Valley St. / Scotland Rd and East will be collected every other Friday,
Collection West of Valley St./Scotland will remain every other Thursday.