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.
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 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-route waste items including:
- Appliances *
- Rolled and tied carpet, not to exceed 6 feet in length and 60 pounds
- Hot water heaters
- Barbeque grills
* Refrigerators and freezers must have the doors removed.
What is not accepted?
- Construction material – sheet rock, stumps and tree roots
- Light brush, not to exceed 6 feet in length and 60 pounds, bundled and tied
- Electrical items
- Stones, logs, large rocks
- Propane tanks
- Hazardous waste items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.