Brush, Leaf, & Log Collection

Learn about Brush, Leaf & Log Collection

The Joseph H. Maher, Jr. Ecological Center, 3701 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648, is now open Mon-Fri from 7:30am-2:30pm. It will remain closed on Saturdays until further notice.

Brush, Leaf, & Log Collection

The Department of Public Works provides collection of Brush, Logs & Leaves according to the schedules linked 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 What Section Am I In.   Your section schedules can be found below:

2020 Leaf and Bush Schedule by Section

Leaf and brush schedule by month

Princeton's Environmental Commission offers a guide to the benefits of composting and mulching leaves.

Leaf bags are for loose leaves only. Do not put any other material in them or they will not be collected. Hedge trimmings, garden clippings, branches, etc. all go out with brush pick up, not in the leaf bags. Bagged leaf collection stopped in May and will begin again in October.

Please remember these tips when putting your curbside waste out for pickup:


  • Make piles of one material type only
  • Keep piles small and limit to 3'x3'
  • Keep sidewalks and roadways clear of fallen debris
  • Check and follow your section's collection schedule
  • Consider mulching leaves to help return nutrients to the soil
  • Keep branches/logs no longer 3 feet and no greater than 6 inches in diameter-we will not collect logs larger than this size


  • Mix materials types(brush, leaves, logs)
  • Put anything other than leaves in the leaf bags. Your bags will not be collected if there is mixed material in them.
  • Make giant piles of brush, leaves or logs
  • Assume it is your sections collection when you see neighbors yard waste. Please check your sections schedule

The leaf and brush pickup does not include grass clippings. It is recommended they be mulched back into your yard. Do not leave them out for pickup.

Emergency Information

Occasionally severe storms result in a disruption of collections for many municipal services including; brush, leaf, trash, curbside organics and recycling. When this happens please check the home page for information. You can also sign up for emergency alerts through our Everbridge system.

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 Province Line Rd. Branches and logs taken to the facility must be no longer than 3' in length and no larger than 6" in diameter. Compost and double ground wood chips are available free of charge to all Princeton residents and are available at the Ecological Facility.  Hours of operation are:

7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
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.


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. Proof of residency is required.

They are available at: ACE HARDWARE; Princeton Shopping Center during business hours.

Is Your Landscaper Registered?

Landscaper Registration Forms: English  -  Spanish

Helpful Information for Landscapers

Princeton Letter to Landscapers re MULCHING: English  -  Spanish

Leaf Blower Noise Q & A: English  -  Spanish

Relevant Documents

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2018 Annual Police Report22

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