SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Yes, fall is here and it will soon be time to begin the annual process of raking and bagging the leaves that collect on front and backyard lawns throughout the borough. However, take heart. Raking leaves actually burns 350 to 400 calories an hour.

The Spotswood Department of Public Works will begin bagged leaf collections on Monday, October 30 and continue through Friday, December 22. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable paper bags. Free leaf collection bags will be available at the Public Works facility while supplies last, beginning on Friday, October 6 on Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. In November, any remaining leaf bags can only be picked up on Saturdays.

The DPW will only pick up paper bags containing leaves. Paper bags containing other yard waste will not be collected. Residents are asked not to place leaf bags in the street along the curb since this impedes the flow of storm water.

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After Monday, October 23, grass will be picked up with regular trash on scheduled collection days.

The Spotswood Department of Public Works facility is located on Third Street.