Department of Public Works
1 Monument Drive
The Department of Public Works provides collection of Brush, Logs & Leaves according to the schedules below. Schedules are also delivered to each residence prior to the beginning of collection. For collection purposes, Princeton has been divided into 5 Sections. To know which section your street is in click on the “What Section Am I In” link below. Your section schedules appear below the street listing.
2016 Brush, Log and Leaf Collection Schedules
What Section Am I In?
Residents receive 40 FREE leaf bags for collection of spring and/or fall leaves. The bags are a 32 gallon biodegradable paper bag and are collected more frequently than leaves blown to the street for curbside collection.
They are available at:
The Princeton Department of Public Works (DPW) located at 303 John Street.
You can collect them at the DPW during the month of
MONDAY’S and FRIDAY’S - 7:00am – 3:00pm
You can also collect your 40 FREE bags at the Convenience Center located at 298 River Road between 8:00am and Noon on the SATURDAY dates below:
September 10th, 17th & 24th
Leaves only are permitted in leaf bags. DO NOT PUT BRUSH in leaf bags.
NO PLASTIC BAGS will be collected. Biodegradable PAPER leaf bags ONLY will be collected.
Is Your Landscaper Registered?
Landscaper Registration Forms
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Helpful Information for Landscapers
Princeton Letter to Landscapers re MULCHING
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Leaf Blower Noise Q & A
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Joseph Maher Joint Ecological Facility
Yard waste accumulated after the scheduled collections can be taken by either you or a landscaper to the Joseph Maher Joint Ecological Facility located at 3701 Princeton Pike, just past the intersection of Provinceline Rd.
Compost and double ground wood chips are available free of charge to all Princeton residents and are available at the Ecological Facility. The compost site will be open Saturdays for the season beginning April 2, 2016. Hours of operation are:
- 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
- 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturdays (April through November)
- Closed Sundays and Municipal Holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving).
Residents should bring their own containers or light trucks for material. Residents also may dispose of leaves and brush during the above hours. Absolutely no commercial vehicles on Saturdays!
The Princeton Environmental Commission reminds you that the easiest and most environmentally efficient way to manage your leaves is to leave your leaves in your yard. Compost them, mulch them, or rake them into an unobtrusive area of your property. Broken down leaves will nourish your grass, plants and trees. For a more detailed description of how and why to leave your leaves, visit the Environmental Commission's Guide to Fall Leaf Management.
Occasionally severe storms result in a disruption of collections for many municipal services including; brush, leaf, trash, curbside organics and recycling. Our website www.princetonnj.gov is a fast and easy way to find this information. Changes in collections, emergency information and important updates can be found there. Information will be posted on the home page.
Curbside Organics Program
For another option to compost your yard waste; consider joining the Curbside Organics Program. Princeton provides weekly collection of ALL organic material, including food & yard waste for the annual fee of $65.00. Carts, collectors & bags are provided, collection is every Wednesday. FREE Compost is available each spring for participants. Compost your pizza boxes, paper towels, bones, meats, fish and so much more!