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10/16/2014 - Hamilton's Leaf Recycling Programs Begin in November


Hamilton's Leaf Recycling Programs Begin in November
After the beautiful colors of autumn fade into fallen leaves, be sure to take advantage of Hamilton's Leaf Recycling Program, which provides residents with four different leaf disposal options.


Participating and following the regulations for Hamilton's Leaf Recycling program not only benefits our environment and drinking water resources, but also saves taxpayer dollars. The annual program removes approximately 12,000 tons of leaves per year from local stream water and helps Hamilton taxpayers

avoid approximately $1.67 million in disposal and pick up fees.



Option 1 - Bagged Leaf Collection


Hamilton encompasses almost 40 square miles, with dozens of neighborhoods and countless trees, which requires some areas to have their gutter leaf collection either early or late in the season, and may only allow for one scheduled collection. However, un-tied Bagged Leaf Collection is available throughout the season.


To participate, residents must place leaves in either un-tied plastic bags or in open rigid containers with  handles on the curbside of their property from November 3rd through January 1st.  Containers must not weigh more than 50 lbs.  Residents are also asked to not place leaves in cardboard boxes or cardboard containers, as the cardboard cannot be recycled as part of this collection.  Also, do not tie or close the top of containers, as this may result in a missed collection.


Option 2 - Gutter Leaf Collection


Every Hamilton neighborhood is offered one gutter leaf collection.  A full listing of the schedule is available on the Township website. Residents must have gutter leaves prepared for pick up no later than 7:30 a.m. on the starting date provided for their neighborhood.


State Storm Water Management Regulations that all towns and residents must follow requires that leaves may not be placed near the gutter more than seven days in advance of the scheduled pick up.



Also, please note that for residents who reside on a County road, Mercer County sets the pick-up schedule and procedures for these streets.  For all inquiries, please call the Mercer County Highway at 609-530-7510.


If you reside on a N.J. State Highway, please contact 609-588-6212 for further information.


Click Here to View the Gutter Leaf Collection Schedule...



Option 3 - Leaf Drop Off Location


Residents can bring leaves to one of the many leaf drop off locations around the community through fall season.  



Leaves must be emptied from bags.  Debris and/or branches may not be left.  Violators will be prosecuted under the Township's illegal dumping ordinance #73-2. Contractors are prohibited from dumping leaves in these locations.


Option 4 - Ecological Facility


A final option for residents to recycle leaves is to bring them to the Township's Ecological Facility, which is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  As a reminder, the facility is free of charge for residential dumping only.  


However, commercial vehicles (including vehicles with trailers larger than 4'x 8' (2 cubic yards), will be charged for dumping.  


If residents are unable to use a non-commercial vehicle, they should consider one of the different disposal options listed above.