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Ewing, NJ 08628
You may already be familiar with Ewing’s new “Love `Em and Leave`Em” leaf campaign – a campaign based on a similar and successful campaign embraced by Westchester County, NY to encourage residents to embrace leaf mulching, grass-cycling, and composting on their property. Ewing Township also encourages property owners to manage their fall leaves in this more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly manner.
Ewing Township Ordinance 21-08 enacted unanimously in mid-April 2021 and effective June 13, 2021, mandates that leaves and other yard debris (including grass) no longer be placed loose at the curb. This enables Ewing Township to meet New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rules. Leaves may be bagged in biodegradable paper bags or, as an alternative, be placed in containers for pickup by the Township. We recommend our "Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em" program as a much more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly method of leaf management!
We understand that you may provide lawn maintenance services to our residents, perhaps employing standard fall leaf clean-up methods. These standard practices – blowing leaves into piles on the street (no longer permitted by ordinance) or raking them into brown landscaping bags stacked curb-side, left for eventual town pickup – involve unnecessary costs in terms of crew labor, dumping fees, and fuel. This practice can also lead to clogged storm drains and excess nutrient runoff (phosphorus & nitrogen) polluting our waterways. The blowing and vacuuming of leaves, double-handling, shipping, and relocating leaves can all be avoided by mulching your clients’ leaves in-place.
Shredding fall leaves (or summer grass) using a mulching mower where they are on the lawn, using shredded leaves as a winter mulch on landscape beds, collecting shredded leaves into compost piles, or simply leaving leaves under the trees in wooded areas are all examples of using nature's own method of turning old leaves into rich, new soil.
We ask for your cooperation in accepting these alternate leaf managementpractices and in offering them as an environmentally sound “green practice” to your clients. Check out additional information, “how to” video demos,and/ FAQs about mulching-in-place, grass-cycling, and composting of leaves below.