Public Works

The mission of the Springfield Public Works Department is to maintain, repair, and improve the infrastructure of the Township. This includes the municipal roads, sidewalks, parking lots, parks, trees, buildings and sewers. This department strives to provide a high level and quality of service for Springfield residents. The Public Works Department (DPW) works with the Engineering Department on maintaining the public infrastructure of the Township.  DPW also oversees snow removal, leaf collection, recycling, bulk pick up, shade tree operations and road and park maintenance.

Click here to download the Annual Department of Public Works Bulletin for 2017


Curbside Collection Services

The Township of Springfield provides weekly trash and recycling curbside collection through a third-party contractor for all residents included in the annual property tax bill.

Residents are required to recycle.  Recycling helps save money by reducing the amount of tipping fees paid associated with trash and helps generate revenue through recycling tonnage grants.  Recycling grants to the Township are based upon the amount of material we recycle yearly so we can actually make money as a result of increasing our recycling grants.  It truly does pay to recycle.

The more we go “green”, the more we’ll make “green”!

Trash Collection

Trash is collected on Thursdays and Fridays depending on a schedule for each street.

Thursday or Friday collections that coincide with holidays will be rescheduled for the day that immediately follows.

2017 Alternate Dates:
Thursday, November 23rd collection will be on Friday, November 24th
Friday, November 24th collection will be on Saturday, November 25th.

Single Stream Recycling

Recycling is collected on Wednesdays.

Single stream recycling makes it as easy to use your recycling container as it is to use your trash container.  Single stream collection eliminates the need to separate recyclables and permits the placing of all items into a single container. There is no need to separate materials, tie newspapers, etc.

Recycling Pickup Missed?  Contact Giordano Company, Inc. at 1-800-216-2250

Bulk Waste Disposal

Bulk waste is collected quarterly on the following dates:

March 15 & 16, 2017

June 7 & 8, 2017

September 13 & 14, 2017

December 6 &7, 2017

If your trash is collected on Thursdays, your bulk pickup will be the first day of the two day pickup.
If your trash is collected on Fridays, your bulk pickup will be the second day of the two day pickup.

What is considered bulk waste?

Bulk waste is comprised of large and/or non-routine waste items including:

  • Furniture
  • Appliances *
  • Rolled and tied carpet, not to exceed 6 feet in length and 60 pounds
  • Hot water heaters
  • Barbeque grills
  • Light brush, not to exceed 6 feet in length and 60 pounds, bundled and tied

* Refrigerators and freezers must have the doors removed.

What is not accepted?

  • Construction material – sheet rock, stumps and tree roots
  • Electrical items
  • Recyclables
  • Stones, logs, large rocks
  • Propane tanks
  • Hazardous waste items

Spring Cleaning

Public Works will canvass the township during the month of April collecting lawn material placed in paper recyclable bags or trash cans curbside for spring clean-up. Residents cannot place material loose in the street – it must be contained.

Fall Leaf Collection

Beginning October 23rd, leaves may be placed at the curb for collection, either loose or in biodegradable bags.  Residents are reminded not to block catch basins in order to minimize flooding.  Public Works will begin curbside collection on October 30th and continue to canvass at least twice per season until winter weather interferes.  Residents can visit the Township website for collection dates in specific areas.  Only leaves will be collected, piles with debris other than leaves cannot be collected because of restrictions placed on the Township at the Compost Facility. Residents living on a Union County road have their leaves removed by County Division of Public Works.

Vegetative Waste Disposal (Leaves & Grass)

Township residents may drop off their grass clippings, leaves, and other soft vegetative waste at the DPW garage located at 54 Center Street beginning on Monday, May 1st through Friday, October 20th.               

Clippings may only be dropped off on Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:00 am through 9:00 am and Wednesdays, 1:00 pm through 3:00 pm. Clippings may be put in paper recyclable bags or in trash cans. Under no circumstances can Public Works accept any material placed in any type of plastic bag.  Illegal dumping or dumping outside of these hours is prohibited – the drop-off location is under video surveillance.

Vegetative Yard Waste to include leaves, grass, and branches may also be disposed through the Expanded Recycling Drop-Off on the first Saturday of every month between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Municipal Pool Parking Lot (44 Morris Road).

Residents are encouraged to become more environmentally responsible and embark upon a “cut it and leave it” program.

What is “Cut it & Leave it” Grass Recycling Program?

Grass clippings are a major part of the Township of Springfield municipal solid waste stream. Nearly a third of all summer waste generated by homeowners consists of grass clippings. As a Springfield resident you probably already recycle paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, aluminum cans, and more. However, many people may not realize that another material that is easily recyclable is right under their feet, grass. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection estimates that as much as a ton of clippings is generated for every acre of turf grass each year. A lawn that is 5,000 square feet generates 75 pounds of grass clippings per mowing. By just cutting it and leaving it, think of the amount of waste that will be diverted from the solid waste stream.

Grass clippings can be added to the list of common home wastes that can be recycled. Simply leave your clippings on the lawn when you mow, and let nature do the recycling for you. Grass clippings will provide a natural fertilizer for a growing lawn which also helps retain moisture for your lawn, whilereducing weed growth and soil erosion.

When “Cut it & Leave it” is properly done, clippings settle quickly between the growing blades of grass where they shelter the roots from the sun, and conserve moisture. As they break down, they releasemore moisture as well as nutrients into the soil. This means that grass needs to be watered less frequently. Clippings left on the lawn supply one-third or more of the nitrogen needed to keep your grass green and healthy

How to Cut and Leave it…

Why spending time and energy buying bags and throwing the grass clippings into them and then bringingthem to the DPW garage….there is a better a way…

Here is how – cut grass when dry and keep mower blades sharp. Follow the “1/3 Rule”: mow your lawn often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade is cut in any one mowing. Frequent mowing will produce short clippings that will not cover up the grass surface. You may have to cut the lawn every 7 days when the lawn is growing fast but only every 7 to 14 days when the lawn is growing slowly.

The mower collection bag should be removed to allow clippings to drop on the lawn. However, if your mower does not have a safety flap covering the opening where the bag fits into the chute, it is important that you purchase a retrofit kit from your local retailer.

Most lawnmower manufacturers have developed “mulching” mowers which cut grass blades into small pieces and force them into the soil. These types of mowers are effective in grass recycling and have become very popular. Make your next mower a mulching one.

Cut it and leave it is the natural way you can have a green, healthy lawn while spending less time and money and think of the amount of waste that will be diverted from the solid waste stream!

FAQ on Grass Recycling

Q. Do grass clippings cause thatch and lawn disease?
A. No. Research has shown that grass roots are the primary cause of thatch, not grass clippings. Thatch is composed primarily of roots, stems, rhizomes, and other plant materials. These plant materials contain large amounts of lignin (fibrous material) and decompose slowly. Grass clippings are approximately 80-85 percent water with only small amounts of lignin, and decompose rapidly.

Q. Will grass clipping make your lawn look bad?
A. If a lawn is properly mowed, watered, and fertilized, grass clipping can actually produce a healthierlooking lawn. It is important to cut the lawn frequently to produce small clippings that will decompose quickly. If a lawn is not cut frequently and clippings are left on the lawn, it will produce a “hay-like” look which can be unsightly.

Expanded Recycling Drop-Off

An expanded Recycling Drop-Off is available for residents (proof of residency required) on the first Saturday of every month between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Municipal Pool Parking Lot (44 Morris Road).

Residents may dispose of electronics, metal and vegetative yard waste.

 

Miscellaneous Disposal

Christmas Tree Disposal
Christmas trees will be collected curbside until January 31, weather permitting.

Household Special Waste
Union County sponsors free programs to collect household hazardous waste such as aerosol cans, antifreeze, batteries, caustics, corrosives & cleaners, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, mercury switches, motor oil & oil filters, oil based paints, oil based varnishes, pesticides & herbicides, pool chemicals, thermostats, and tires.  Air conditioners, refrigerators, and other “white goods” are not accepted.  Dates & locations are announced in the Spring at http://ucnj.org/recycling.  For more information call the Union County Bureau of Recycling at 908-654-9890.

Mobile Paper Shredding
Union County sponsors free mobile paper shredding events around the County in the Spring and Summer.  The Township also hosts at least one paper shredding event per year.  Take advantage of this service in order to help prevent identity theft, destroy confidential documents and save trees by recycling.  Dates & locations are announced in the Spring at http://ucnj.org/recycling.

Electronics Recycling & E-Waste
A disposal ban that has been in effect since January 1, 2011 bans computers, monitors, laptops, and televisions from being disposed of in the garbage.  Therefore, electronic items such as computers, televisions, monitors, phones, speakers, etc. must be recycled and can no longer be placed curbside for pick up. Residents will be able to bring these electronics to the Municipal Pool (44 Morrison Road) parking lot for recycling on the 1st Saturday of every month, 7:00 am through 11:00 am.

Community Forestry

Learn more about Community Forestry by visiting the “Environment Trends” report by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The Township of Springfield adopted a Community Forestry Management Plan in 2015.  Click here to download.

Residential (Seasonal) Mulch Pick-up & Delivery

The Springfield Department of Public Works has long provided free mulch (shredded wood, double hammer-milled, medium-textured, hardwood) for residents to pick-up at the Municipal Pool parking lot for their gardens.  Mulch is used around trees, shrubs, landscape plants and flower beds to help reduce weeds, conserve moisture and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. Wood mulch breaks down slowly and adds organic matter to the soil. Generally, a mulch layer of two to four inches will reduce weeds, conserve moisture, and increase the attractiveness around shrubs and trees. When mulching around trees, remember to keep mulch approximately six inches from the tree trunk.

Cubic Yard Coverage Table – General Guide

  • 1 c.y. = 324 square feet at 1″ depth
  • 1 c.y. = 162 square feet at 2″ depth
  • 1 c.y. = 108 square feet at 3″ depth
  • 1 c.y. = 81 square feet at 4″ depth
  • 1 c.y. = 64 square feet at 5″ depth

For 2017, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new mulch delivery service in response to requests by residents. Residential delivery of mulch is available for $50 for 5 cubic yards to homes located in Springfield that have a driveway on which to dump the material. Orders can only be taken online and payment is only accepted by credit card. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any specific delivery time but delivery will occur within 48 hours of an order being placed, and only between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mulch will be dumped at the furthest end of the driveway (closest to the home and away from the street). Mulch will not be dumped on lawns so as to avoid damaging your lawn from the truck driving on it. If you would like to cancel your order, you must do so by speaking directly with a representative of the DPW at 973-912-8483. Cancellations will not be accepted after-hours, by e-mail, or by voicemail message. This service is only available while mulch supplies last.

Click here to place your delivery order of 5 cubic yards of mulch for $50.


Updates & Announcements

Fall 2017 Springfield Leaf Collection Update Week #4

Weather permitting, Area 1, Area 5 and Area 7 are scheduled for second round leaf collection by Department of Public ...
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Thanksgiving 2017 Alternate Garbage Schedule

As posted on the Department of Public Works website and stated in the annual Department of Public Works bulletin, Thursday or Friday collections that ...
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Fall 2017 Springfield Leaf Collection Update Week #3

Weather permitting, Area 3, Area 8 and Area 9 are scheduled for first round leaf collection by Department of Public ...
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Fall 2017 Springfield Leaf Collection Update #2

Weather permitting, Area 2, Area 4 and Area 6 are scheduled for first round leaf collection by Department of Public ...
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Fall 2017 Springfield Leaf Collection Update #1

As posted on the Department of Public Works website  and stated in the annual Department of Public Works bulletin, leaves ...
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Notice to Bidders: Collection, Removal & Disposal of Solid Waste and/or Recyclable Materials

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids for COLLECTION, REMOVAL & DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE AND/OR RECYCLABLE MATERIALS in the ...
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