As you may be aware, April 30, 2012 marked the first day of a five-year garbage collection contract with Central Jersey Waste (CJW), a private Ewing-based company. This arrangement will bring a projected $500,000 annual savings for the township, with no additional fees for residents, no change in collection schedule and fewer scheduled holidays. To help with the transition, we’ve collected and answered below a few of the questions we receive most often. If you would like further clarification or have additional questions or concerns not addressed here, please contact our Public Works Department or Central Jersey Waste directly. Contact information is listed below.
|Ewing Township Public Works
136 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
|Central Jersey Waste
432 Stokes Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08638
Trash Collection Information
Central Jersey Waste staff are on the road between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Garbage should be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day, and no earlier than sundown the evening prior to the collection day. Please do not put out trash in advance of that tme; it is unsightly and a potential health hazard. Additionally, empty garbage cans must be removed from the curb by the end of the collection day.
Trash should be left in covered containers or heavy-duty plastic bags and not exceed 50 pounds each. Loose household items should be placed curbside in bags or cans (Please do not use cardboard boxes that can be recycled).
- Up to three bulk items will be picked up on your trash day.
- Please allow additional time for trash pickup during inclement weather.
About Bulk Items
CJW will pick up three (3) bulk items on your regular trash collection day. Bulk items may also be brought to 136 Scotch Road during operating hours (M-F 7am-4pm, Sat 7am-3:30pm). You MUST seal any mattress or box spring in a plastic bag before placing it out with regular garbage for bulk collection or dropping off at the Convenience Center. This rule will help prevent the spread of bed bugs.
The garbage collection schedule
is currently available in PDF format. If your street name is not on the list or you need more information, please call Public Works at (609) 882-3382.
Central Jersey Waste does not operate on the following holidays. If your pickup day falls on any of these dates, your trash will be collected the following day.
|New Year’s Day
A printable flyer with this information is available in PDF.
Brush and Tree Parts
Tree parts must be brought to the site on Jack Stephan Way – brush and tree parts placed in the street are reason for citations and / or fines.
Grass and Leaf Bags
Leaves and other yard waste should not be included in with your regular garbage, but placed in biodegradable paper bags, open containers, or tied and bundled as appropriate. Branches and limbs should be cut into 4’ lengths and securely tied in bundles with a total weight not exceeding 50 pounds. CJW will pick up a limited number of bags, but residents are always welcome and encouraged to bring them to Jack Stephan Way. Loose piles in the street are permitted during the months of March, April, November and December.
Ewing Township encourages you to consider a better way to handle your grass clippings and autumn leaf drop – by composting. This process recharges your yards with your own organic debris instead of giving it away by bagging or piling leaves out at the curb. There are a number of really simple environmentally friendly ways to handle your grass clippings and leaf drop that don’t starve your yard and also decrease your impact on municipal services to save $$$.
Ewing’s Green Team and Environmental Commission provide more detailed information following:
Will grasscycling make my lawn look bad?
No! Follow the 1/3 rule-mow often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass is cut. The short clippings decompose quickly and will not cover the grass surface.
Does grasscycling cause thatch buildup?
No! Grasscycling does not contribute to thatch problems. Research has shown that grass roots and stems are the primary cause of thatch, not grass clippings.
Does grasscycling spread lawn disease?
No! Improper watering and fertilizing are the primary causes of turf grass disease. If a favorable environment for disease is present, it will occur, whether grass clippings are left on the lawn or not.
Does grasscycling require special equipment?
A special mower is not needed to grasscycle. Regular lawn mowers can be used by removing the collection bag and adding a blade adapter, which will cut up and pulverize grass even more finely. Also, check with your local mower dealer about mulching mowers that finely cut up grass clippings and return them to the lawn. Electric mulching mowers can also help reduce air pollution.