Recycling uses less energy, creating fewer toxins and reducing the carbon footprint into the environment. The Township of South Orange uses the single-stream recycling method, allowing all recyclable items to be placed in the same container without sorting.
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.
As of January 1, 2017 the Village's water operations and water supply transferred to New Jersey American Water Company.
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.
|Recycling Depot Hours for Resident Access|
Tuesday & Thursday 8am-4pm
China's Enforcement of Recycling
Enforcement to ensure only acceptable recyclable materials are being placed in Toters will be more stringently screened as China implements the National Sword Program. Food waste will not be tolerated as it will financially impact processors, the Township, and residents. Please refer to the tab "China's Nation Sword" at the top left of this page for information on China's regulations, what consists of unacceptable materials to put in your recycling Toter, and what the penalties are for not following procedures.
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.
Spring cleanup will begin April 2nd and go through May 14th. The DPW will cycle the Township throughout this period of time, please place appropriate materials curbside. See our seasonal information tab for detailed policies.Pickups by the DPW are limited to bundled branches four inches or smaller in diameter and leaves and yard clippings in brown biodegradable bags. DO NOT rake out yard debris to the curb, it will not be collected.
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.