BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Fall is right around the corner, and that means yard clean-up and brush removal will on many residents' to-do list, so the township's Fall Chipping Program will commence the week of Sept. 4.

According to information provided by the township, Berkeley Heights will be divided into five sections, and each section will have a pick-up on the first day of the scheduled week for that area.

All brush must be out for pick-up on the first day of the scheduled week for the section. Absolutely no brush will be collected once a section is completed. Residents are advised that there will be no more than one pick-up per household. There will be no exceptions to the published schedule.

Brush should be placed in neat piles at curbside with large diameter cut-ends towards the street. The largest size branches shall be limited to four inches in diameter. Short branches under two feet in length will not be accepted.

Lumber, building materials, leaves, roots, stumps, briars, vines, decayed branches and other debris which can damage the chipper will not be accepted. Material of this nature will be left for the resident to dispose of. Residents are advised to place at curbside only the wood items listed above.

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There have been instances where metal items such as posts, wire and metal bands were found mixed with the brush. This can cause severe injury to employees and damage to equipment, according to the township. Should metal be found, the pile will be rejected.

Residents should note that the 2012 Fall Chipping Program will begin in Section #1 and terminate in Section #5. Branches should be placed at curbside prior to the first scheduled dated of pick-up.

Section #1 – Sept. 4 through Sept. 12
Area of Countryside to Diamond Hill Road and Twin Falls Road, including the Twin Falls area.

Section #2 – Sept. 13 through Sept. 21
Area bounded by Mountain Avenue, Plainfield Avenue, the railroad line and the Township’s easterly
boundary to Martins Lane.

Section #3 - Sept. 24 through Oct. 3
Area bounded by Mountain Avenue, Diamond Hill Road, Twin Falls Road, Green Brook, and the
Township’s westerly boundary, including Emerson Lane and Dogwood Lane area.

Section #4 – Oct. 4 through Oct.12
Area bounded by the railroad, Plainfield Avenue, Mountain Avenue, and the Township’s westerly
boundary, including the Park Avenue area.

Section #5 – Oct. 15 through Oct. 23
Area bounded by the railroad, the Passaic River, and the Township’s easterly boundary. Entire area
between the railroad and the river.