Public Works

The Township of South Orange Village’s Department of Public Works are a professionally dedicated team supporting the Township’s infrastructure, maintenance, and repairs of all Township roadway, municipal grounds and buildings, parks, recycling, street signs, sewers, and municipal owned trees.  The Department under Director Tom Michetti, is dedicated to making effective use of Township resources to provide the community with an enhanced quality of living, partnering with the Engineering and Police Departments to ensuring a safe and well maintained environment that residents can be proud to call home.  The DPW is committed to quality assurance when addressing resident concerns and continues to make strides in partnering with the community.
  1. Recycling

    Recycling uses less energy, creating fewer toxins and reducing the carbon footprint into the environment. The Township of South Orange uses the single-stream recycling method, allowing all recyclable items to be placed in the same container without sorting.

  2. Roadways

    There are 42 miles of roadway maintained by the DPW in addition to four county roads that run through the community.

  3. Sewer

    The Sewer division of the department is responsible for managing 51 miles of sanitary sewers and 28 miles of storm sewers. Additionally there are also 1,050 catch basins maintained by the department.

  4. Shade Tree/Compost

    The Shade Tree Division is responsible for trimming, removing, planting and caring for 10,000 shade trees in the public right of way and public parks. There is also approximately 75 acres of parkland maintained by the Department of Public Works.

  5. Water

    Since 1996 the Village’s water operations and water supply have been the responsibility of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC).

  6. Seasonal Information

    The DPW organizes seasonal collections of leaves and branches for our residents throughout the year. The department also responds to inclement weather conditions by salting, plowing, and clearing debris.

Recycling Depot Hours for Resident Access

Tuesday & Thursday 8am-4pm

Saturday 8am-12pm

Current Events

As a reminder to residents branch collection has concluded for the 2016 year.  Residents are welcome to bring bundled branches (4 inches or smaller in diameter) for disposal to the Public Works facility on the days the facility is open to the public.​

​On Saturday, October 8th, Maplewood DPW will hold an E-Waste event for electronics to be recycled.  South Orange residents are welcome to attend this event to dispose of any electronics. The event goes from 8am-12pm and requires proof of residency to participate.  No commercial vehicles will be allowed on to the property for this event.   Please view this event on the calendar for additional information.​

Leaf Collection

​Leaf pickup will begin October 24th and go through December 7th. Pickups occur approximately every 11 days.  Please see the Gaslight or contact DPW facility for leaf collection rules. 


​As a reminder to residents plastic bags are not to be placed in recycling toters due to recycling regulations.  This includes foreign objects such as garden hoses, appliances, batteries, hazardous waste etc.  Residents that fail to comply will have their pickups rejected by our processor and generate fees for the Township.​

Essex County Events

​Essex County will host two events in the Fall, Hazardous Waste Day and Electronic Recycling Day. All South Orange residents are welcome to participate in these events and should view the October calendar for additional information. You may also view the event on the Essex County website:

  1. Mon Oct. 24 - Wed Dec. 7

  2. Tue Nov. 15

  3. Thu Nov. 17

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