Seasonal Information

Leaf Removal - Autumn

For Village Roadways View the current South Orange Leaf Map here then select Leaf Map from the left column.  

For County Roadways ONLY please contact Essex County for their leaf pickup schedule at (973) 239-3366 or view here.

Instructions for South Orange roadways: 

  1. Leaves should be piled no more than four feet from the curb, and must not extend into traffic lanes. 
  2. Leaves may be placed in brown biodegradable for pickup, plastic bags are not permitted and will not be collected.  
  3. 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 picked up.
  4. During leaf pick-up season, no debris other than leaves are permitted in the streets and will not be picked up. 
  5. 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.
  6. Residents are responsible to notify their landscapers/contractors to place leaves out according to Township guidelines.

 Spring Cleaning

 Do you still have leftover leaves and branches in your yard? There will be no additional pickups before or after the dates listed on the calendar.  Follow the guidelines below to avoid being charged with a violation of the Municipal Housing Code.  

  • Branches: Be sure to only leave branches under 4 inches in diameter and no roots or stumps. Put them in the grass strip between the curb and the sidewalk and not in the street or on the sidewalks. If you don’t have a sidewalk, just place the branches on the grass just beyond your curb. In addition, tie any branches 2 inches or under into bundles using cord or twine. 
  • Leaves: Place your leaves, yard clippings, and garden rakeings in brown biodegradable paper bags (no plastic) between your sidewalk and curb -- not on the sidewalk or in the street. Also, unlike in the fall, you can’t rake your leaves loosely into a pile in the street. 
  • Grass Clippings: The Department of Public Works does not take grass clippings under any circumstances.  You may contact the South Orange Disposal Company to organize a pickup. 

 Snow Removal 

 Snow removal will begin in the Village when three or more inches of snow have fallen on Village streets. Public Works vehicles will make four passes on each street -- two down the center and one near each curb. Depending on the volume of snow, roadways will be plowed more than once.  


    Residents are asked to heed the following guidelines:


  • Park vehicles in driveways during snowfall to allow easier access to plow curb to curb. If you park on a street you are expected to clear the area around your vehicle.
  • Delay driveway shoveling until after streets are cleaned (to avoid violation of township ordinance). 
  • Avoid shoveling or blowing snow into the street (to prevent violation of township ordinance). 
  • Tell private contractors not to pile snow in roadways. 
  • Park your car to avoid protruding into the roadway or blocking the sidewalk. 
  • Always shovel sidewalks within 12 hours of daylight after a snowfall. 
  • Important: Walkway and driveway shoveling allow emergency services to access homes in the event of a fire, illness, or public safety emergency. 
  • Salting of roadways will begin prior to snow plowing.