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Brush & Bulk Waste

Spring Clean Up

Ewing Township provides curbside brush pickup in the spring for approximately two months for residents. 

  • Leaves and other yard waste should be placed in biodegradable paper bags, open containers, or tied and bundled as appropriate. Yard waste should NOT be included in with your regular garbage.
  • Branches and limbs should be cut into 4’ lengths and securely tied in bundles with a total weight not exceeding 50 pounds.
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS will be collected. Biodegradable PAPER leaf bags ONLY will be collected.

Residents may obtain Biodegradable PAPER leaf bags from the Department of Public Works facility at 136 Scotch Road.  (Call (609) 882-3382  for availability.)

Please, under no circumstances should loose or piled grass be placed at the curb. We encourage you to leave your grass clippings on your lawn for a healthier lawn. For more information about this see our Grasscycling information.

Leaf Collection 

Ewing Township provides curbside leaf collection in the fall for residents.  The pickup schedule is weather dependent.    Brush will not be collected at that time.  Leaves only are permitted in piled at the curb or in paper leaf bags for 2 weeks before the scheduled pickup. DO NOT PUT BRUSH in leaf bags.  Bagged leaves will be picked up the day after your regular trash collection.  NO PLASTIC BAGS will be collected. Biodegradable PAPER leaf bags ONLY will be collected.

Residents may obtain Biodegradable PAPER leaf bags from the Department of Public Works facility at 136 Scotch Road.   (Call (609) 882-3382 for availability.)

Post-Holiday Christmas Tree Pickup

Township staff begins Christmas Tree pickup at curbside beginning the first weekday after New Year's Day  and continues through the month.  Please double check to make sure that all ornaments, lights and tinsel have been removed as the Township practices tree recycling.  Residents are also welcome to drop their tree off at the Jack Stephan Way Convenience Center.  All trees collected by Township staff are brought to the Jack Stephan Way site to be chipped and shredded.   

Bulk Drop-Off

To help collect a greater variety of items, divert significant tonnage from the waste stream and provide greater convenience to residents, Ewing Township operates two Waste Drop Off Convenience Centers for residents.  The sites and allowable items are listed below.

Procedural Changes for 136 Scotch Rd Facility as of March 1, 2019

To save tax dollars and end abuses of Convenience Center privileges by non-residents and commercial entities, beginning on March 1, 2019, Ewing Township is moving to a more structured process for dropping off bulk waste at the Convenience Center on 136 Scotch Road.  Each Ewing address is now entitled to 12 NO FEE drop-off visits to the facility per year.

Requirements

Each household user who wishes to use the facility must obtain their own Bulk Drop-Off Validation Card from our Community Pass system.  This will require advance sign up at the main office at the Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road during Office Hours.

Mon- Thurs 8:30 am - 9 pm | Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm | Sat & Sun 9 am - 5 pm

A photo ID will be required to complete your card registration.


To save some time, you may choose to register each household user in Community Pass online in advance.   However, an in-person visit to have your picture taken and receive your card is required to complete the registration.  

All households are restricted to 12 visits to the facility annually.  The validation cards may not be recharged for more visits and you cannot purchase more visits for your cards.   Card use is not transferrable and bulk waste generated from outside Ewing Township is not permitted. 

Restrictions   

Convenience Center privileges are limited to legal residents of Ewing Township only.  The following groups are excluded from the Convenience Center: commercial entities, County, State of Federal governments, and non-residents of the Township living in student dormitories and/or housing located on the campus of The College of New Jersey.  Contractors are not allowed.  Materials may not be dropped off in vehicles with commercial plates.  

Each separate trip to the Convenience Center shall constitute a separate drop-off for purposes of calculating each residents' twelve residential bulk waste drop-offs, even if occurring on the same day.  

Quantity and size limitations
  • One car, SUV or standard pickup truck bed filled with materials constitutes one drop-off
  • One utility trailer filled with materials  constitutes one drop-off.
  • Overage (2 drop-offs) - if the materials rises more than 2 feet above the bed of the truck or trailer.
 Utility Trailer restrictions
  •  Maximum of 6 x 8 in size.
  • Not enclosed
  • Must be towed by a car or SUV, no pickups.  
For full details see Executive Order 2A
 
Location Examples of Acceptable Items
Jack Stephan Way
(off of Parkway Avenue, at the old Naval Jet Propulsion Center)
  • Yard waste
  • Leaves, loose or bagged in biodegradable bags
  • Tree parts
Department of Public Works
136 Scotch Road
  • Large household waste & materials
  • Windows with glass removed
  • Furniture and lamps
  • Toilets and fixtures
  • Boxes and wood debirs
  • Small amounts of sheetrock, wood and flooring
  • Small appliances

Recycling

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:

Grasscycling FAQs

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. 

Commercial Collection

The Township will no longer provide solid waste removal for any commercial properties, which includes trash, bulk items and recyclables. It is NJ LAW to recycle. The Mercer County Improvement Authority does provide pick up for small businesses. Contact MCIA @ (609) 278-8086 for more information on small business recycling.

Contact

Public Works Manager
Angelo Capuano
p: (609) 882-3382 x6410
f: (609)-406-9539

Assistant Public Works Manager
Mike Meenan
p: (609)-882-3382 x6408
f: (609)-406-9539

Division of Parks & Recreation
Tom Elder, Division Superintendent
p: (609) 882-3382
f: (609)-406-9539

Division of Buildings & Grounds
f: (609) 406-9539

Mailing Address
Department of Public Works
Township of Ewing
136 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
 
Convenience Centers - Hours

Jack Stephan Way (Brush Drop-off):

M-F: 7:30am - 2:30pm
Sat: 7:30am - 2:30pm

Closed on Township Holidays and periodic closings for mulching and cleanups.  (look for website notices)

Scotch Road (Public Works):
Bulk and Electronic Items
Th-F: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Sat: 7:00am - 2:30pm

Closed on Township Holidays

Municipal Building 
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628
 
(609) 883-2900 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Senior & Community Center 
999 Lower Ferry Road 
Ewing, NJ 08628 
(609) 883-1776 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Hollowbrook Community Center
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ  08638
(609)  883-1199
M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm
 

Scotch Road (Public Works) 
Bulk and Electronic Items 
Th-F: 7:00am - 3:00pm 
 Sat: 7:00am - 2:30pm

Jack Stephan Way (Brush Drop-off) 
M-Sat: 7:30am - 2:30pm 

Ewing Animal Shelter 
4 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 771-8076

Ewing Police 
2 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 882-1313

Ewing Branch Library 
61 Scotch Road 
 (609) 882-3130

Rental Property Concern Hotline 
 (609) 323-1177

Ewing Public Schools 
2099 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618
P: (609) 538-9800
F: (609) 538-0041

Weather Central 
Courtesy of PHVFC 
phvfc.org/Weather.html
 


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