Reports last updated in the afternoon of 12/21/21
12/21/21 Note - As of today, all streets in Zones 1 thru 4 have been completed for the second time. With leaf collections now concluded for the season, Public Works will begin cleaning, servicing and placing into storage all of the leaf collection equipment. We are grateful to all of our residents who prepared their leaves in a manner that we could collect them on schedule. The vast majority did so. There were some issues this year with rocks and logs being "hidden" in piles which twice caused damage to the equipment, but it was able to be repaired by the following day. The issue of leaves being put out after we had already gone by did occur, but again the vast majority of our residents did follow the schedule and the parameters of collection, making the project go smoothly.
Note that bagged leaves will continue to be accepted until 3:00pm on Wednesday, December 22nd.
Again, the staff of Public Works thank our residents for the manner in which they participated in this season's leaf collection.
Newtown Township Leaf Collection 2021
Newtown Township Public Works collects leaves from residences each Fall. This service has been provided for many years – an environmental and recycling effort that makes Newtown proud.
Residents should think about whether they intend to compost their own leaves (or at least a portion of them), mulch some of their leaves into their lawns, or rake their leaves for the Township to collect.
Leaf collection will be picked up according to the schedule on the attached map, weather permitting.
All leaves must be to the curb before the date identified. We will then collect leaves in that zone until each street has been visited. Do not put your leaves out after the date identified as we may have already gone past your home. You have two opportunities to put your leaves out – one before Thanksgiving and one after. Once the scheduled collection times have passed, you will be responsible to dispose of your leaves.
This year, we will again be providing an opportunity for residents to bag and drop off their leaves in paper biodegradable bags. They can be brought to the Public Works yard behind the Municipal Building (209 Bishop Hollow Road) at the times listed below. This may be beneficial for residents who have missed their collection day, or for those who had a few more leaves to dispose of. This can be done throughout the season and on the weekend before Christmas as well. The dates and times that this service is available are:
- Monday - Friday, October 25th thru December 22nd from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm
- Saturday, December 18th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm
- Sunday, December 19th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm
Thank you to our residents who place their leaves out per the guidelines shared each year, follow the published schedule and are patient while we work our way through the Township. During our nine weeks of leaf collection, all we want to do is get the leaves picked up as quickly and as safely as possible. Other than unexpected winter weather, road work and other possible emergencies, leaf collection becomes one of Public Works' highest priorities.
Please rake your leaves into even piles at the edge of your property. They should be INSIDE of the sidewalk. If you have no sidewalk, they must be INSIDE the curb. Do not allow leaves to spill into the street – they can clog gutters and storm drains, and piles in the street can be unsafe. If you have a landscaper doing this, be sure they understand these instructions, as the property owner will be responsible if leaves are found blocking portions of the street.
Leaf collection will be picked up according to the Street Listing and Collection Dates listed here and below, weather permitting. All leaves must be to the curb by 7:00 am of the day your street is scheduled time for pickup. If you have a landscaper helping you with this, make sure they understand the schedule they need to work with. "My landscaper couldn't do it then" is an excuse we hear every year and is unfair to all of your neighbors and the community as a whole when we have to come back to an area we already went through. After we pass your street, it is some else's turn to have their leaves picked up. Don't let your landscaper put you in that position. Any changes or updates to the schedule will be posted here on the Township website. You are encouraged to check this schedule to see if any modifications have been made. We will also update the streets listing every night after collection have taken place.
Leaf collections do not take place on streets which have not yet been dedicated to the Township, as these streets remain the responsibility of the developer or private owners.
Thank you for your help and your patience as we collect approximately 9,000 yards of leaves each season. That is a lot of material being kept out of the waste stream!
2021 Leaf Collection Schedule
Click here to see the Street Listing and Collection Dates for each street in Newtown Township that we collect leaves from and the exact date that we expect to collect form that street.
- Christmas Tree Collections take place throughout the Township January 3 - 14, 2022
We do not “skip” piles of leaves unless they are blocked by a vehicle or unless they are full of sticks or rocks. Those we cannot collect. Our leaf collection machines are essentially large vacuum cleaners - your vacuum cleaner at home cannot handle material it is not designed for without being damaged - the same is true for the leaf collection equipment - they are meant for leaves only.
Leaves mixed with grass trimmings, sticks, branches, rocks and wood will NOT be collected.
Public Works provides for collection of other yard wastes like sticks, Christmas Trees, etc. at other times of the year - during these 5 weeks we can only collect leaves with this equipment, so please do not put other material in your piles (and hiding them underneath some leaves does not mean the machine can magically take them!).
Keep Streets Clear
Numerous calls come in due to leaves being placed in the street and folks wanting us to come immediately to clear them. Leaves are never to be placed in the street. Placing them in the street causes a potential danger and is forbidden per Township Code - it can result in a visit from a Police Officer or Code Officer - it is not a way to get Public Works to come to your street quicker outside of the schedule! See Newtown Township General Code - Chapter 145 to see the possible penalties for placing leaves in the street.
Leaves must be behind the curb so the road is always passable by pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Plus, snow and ice removal takes far longer for us and then for you when the piles are on the street (hidden by snow) and wind up getting plowed back onto your yard.
In a similar vein, please keep stormwater inlets and gutters clear when it rains. While we do try to clear stormwater inlets as best we can when rain is expected, homeowners need to do their part to make sure water properly flows in the gutters and inlets in front of their properties too.
Remember that burning leaves, and any form of “open burning” is strictly prohibited in Newtown Township. See Newtown Township General Code - Chapter 145 to read the penalties associated with burning leaves.
If you see leaves being burned you should call 911.
Also, watch in your neighborhood for landscapers who may “dump” leaves from another location. It occasionally happens.
Landscapers or anyone who dump leaves from another location will face the possibility of fines. There is no dumping permitted in Newtown Township.
Are there any other ways I can get rid of my leaves?
Again this year, we will be providing an opportunity for residents to bag and drop off their leaves in paper biodegradable bags at the Public Works yard, located behind the Municipal Building / Police Station / Library at 209 Bishop Hollow Road. This may be beneficial for residents who have missed their collection day, or for those who had a few more leaves to dispose of.
This bagged leaf drop-off is available ONLY to residents. It is NOT available to Commercial or Institutional properties, or to landscapers. Proof of residency will be required from those dropping off bags of leaves. Public Works will open the yard at the following times for bagged leaf drop-off:
Monday - Friday, October 25th thru December 22nd from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 18th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 19th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm