SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Department of Public Property has issued guidelines and updates for this season's leaf collection program, including a new web page on Scotchplainsnj.gov with regular updates and maps.

The Township insists that this collection is for leaves only, and not for branches, limbs, stumps, or bushes. Homeowners may bag leaves using biodegradable paper bags and no plastic bags will be accepted.

During the fall, residents are encouraged to not park vehicles on the streets so the Public Property trucks and equipment can work more efficiently.

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“Do not park vehicles on leaf piles because this could damage your vehicle or even set it on fire,” suggests Joe Timko, Director of Public Property.

Public Property crews will be dispatched on the north side and south side of the Township simultaneously while all sections of the Township will receive at least three rounds of leaf collection.

The fall leaf collection program does not pertain to residents living on Union County road, who can call the Union County Road Department at (908) 789-3660 or visit www.ucnj.org for leaf collection information.

The township also reminded residents to not place leaves out for pickup after Sunday Dec. 13, 2015.

UPCOMING NORTH SIDE AREAS FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 26:
Morse Avenue and side streets; Crestwood Section; Homestead Section; Evergreen Avenue and side streets; Portland Avenue/Church Avenue/Birch Street/Forest Road area.

UPCOMING SOUTH SIDE AREAS FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 26:
Maple Hill Section (both sides of Hetfield Avenue out to South Avenue); West Broad Street to Raritan Road including all streets in that area such as Graymill Drive, Wood Road, Brookside Drive, Duncan Drive, Arrowwood Drive and Dogwood Drive, Gamble Road and Quimby Lane; Winding Brook Way Area; Jacobs Lane; Lake Avenue and side streets.