ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Each fall, Essex County collects leaves along county roads. Residents whose properties are on county roads may place their leaves in biodegradable bags or sweep the loose leaves into piles at the curb.
To organize leaf collection on county roads, Essex County is divided into four sectors. There will be three pickups in each section of the county. Leaves should be swept to the curb or placed in biodegradable bags at the curb no more than seven days before the scheduled pickup time. In addition, residents are asked to pile leaves at least 10 feet from a storm drain.
The following schedule lists the four sectors, the municipalities included in each section and the collection times when leaves will be picked up in each section:
- Section I, which includes Cedar Grove, Millburn and West Orange, will have leaf collection from Oct. 23 to 27; Nov. 20 to 24; and Dec. 18 to 22;
- Section II, which includes South Orange and Maplewood, will have leaf collection from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3; Nov. 27 to Dec. 1; and Dec. 26 to 29;
- Section III, which includes Belleville and East Orange, will have leaf collection from Nov. 6 to 10; Dec. 4 to 8; and Jan. 2 to 5 if needed; and
- Section IV, which includes Irvington, Newark and Orange, will have leaf collection from Nov. 13 to 17; Dec. 11 to 15; and Jan. 8 to 12 if needed.
Essex County has entered into shared services agreements with Bloomfield, Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona and West Caldwell. In these municipalities, the local Department of Public Works will collect leaves on county roads. If your property is located on a county road in one of these towns, please consult your municipal Public Works Department for more information or to obtain a schedule.
Residents who have questions about the leaf collection schedule may call the Essex County Department of Public Works at 973-226-8500, ext. 0.