BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Township of Berkeley Heights’ post-Tropical Storm Isaias debris cleanup will begin on Monday, August 17. This pickup is for Isaias-related storm debris only and must be curbside [latest] by 7 a.m. on Monday, August 17.
The Township stresses that only Isaias-related storm debris will be picked up and all other materials will be rejected. "The trucks will come by your home once, and only once. No exceptions," according to release by the Township.
The release also noted, "This is not a time to clean out everything from the past few years and put out to the curb. We also ask that residents to not drag trees to the curb to be removed; we do not have the ability to do take large trees. As you know, the Township scaled down its budget dramatically after COVID, to ensure our residents had a zero percent municipal tax increase. Therefore, there is not a lot of padding in the budget for storm cleanup, so we need to focus only on debris that was a direct result from this storm, to ensure our crews can move through the town’s sections quickly yet effectively to get it cleaned up." The Township Administrator Liza Viana said, "If possible, please combine your pile with your neighbor's pile; this will make the work go faster and save the Township money."
In order for your piles to be picked up, please adhere to the following:
- Piles must be perpendicular to the road [cut ends facing the road];
- Piles must be neatly stacked on your lawn by the curb, cut into pieces no more than five (5) feet in length;
- Any debris with a diameter of 12 inches or more (big logs or large cut-up trees, for example), must be cut into pieces no more than two feet in length;
- No shrubs will be accepted
(Please note that the above restrictions are due to current equipment and disposal capabilities.)
Residents on Union County Roads will be picked up by Union County Public Works. County roads include:
- Springfield Avenue
- Plainfield Avenue
- Horseshoe Road
- Mountain Avenue
- Diamond Hill Road
- McMane Avenue
- Glenside Avenue
The release asks that if you have an elderly neighbor who needs help with their debris, please lend a hand. We’re in this together!