FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - At the end of last month, Township Manager Bob Vornlocker estimated it would take about another month for the township to complete its complimentary curbside pickup of tree limbs. 

Today, Mayor Phil Kramer announced why pick-up has "gone a little slowly" on his Facebook page. The main reason is our unseasonable start to Spring, in which a few inches of snow fell as late as last Monday. 

"The big trucks that are used for pick up are also the trucks that are used as salt spreaders," Kramer said via a Facebook post. "It takes a day to put the spreader on and a day to take it off." 

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Kramer said clean up crews will be working overtime, including weekends to get the job done. Pick up is still expected to be done by the end of the month, according to Kramer. 

The township will only come to each street once. Branches must be cut to a length no greater than four feet, for pick up. 

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The township is also considering adding Saturday pickup dates, and are already working two extra hours per day to clean up the storm debris, according to Vornlocker. 

The debris will be turned into mulch. Residents wishing to have free mulch delivered to their home can call the Department of Public Works at (732) 249-7800 Ext 6290 to be added to the list. Click here for details. 

Residents who purchased replacement trees from the township can pick them up this weekend. Trees will be available again later this year, Dec. 1 thanks to the Shade Tree Commission.

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