Recycling uses less energy, creating fewer toxins and reducing our carbon footprint. South Orange has curbside single-stream recycling pick up for residents as well as the option to bring various pre-sorted recyclables to the DPW Recycling Center at 300 Walton Avenue.
There are 42 miles of roadway maintained by the DPW in addition to four county roads that run through the community.
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.
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.
As of January 1, 2017 the Village's water operations and water supply transferred to New Jersey American Water Company.
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
China's Enforcement of Recycling
Enforcement to ensure only acceptable recyclable materials are being placed in Toters will be more stringently screened as China implements the National Sword Program. Food waste will not be tolerated as it will financially impact processors, the Township, and residents. Please refer to the tab "China's Nation Sword" at the top left of this page for information on China's regulations, what consists of unacceptable materials to put in your recycling Toter, and what the penalties are for not following procedures.
URGENT RECYCLING COLLECTION UPDATE
Recycling laws will be strictly enforced by the recycling collector Giordano. Contamination of recycling will not be tolerated, all items being recycled need to be cleaned of any food waste. Under no circumstance will Giordano collect recycling in plastic bags. The Township has used single stream recycle processing for several years allowing all recyclable materials to be placed directly into the Toter recycling container for collection. Processors are very strict due to new laws and penalties being imposed by China which will effect costs for the Township if not abided by.
Recycling Collection Thanksgiving Week
The week of Thanksgiving recycling collection will take place Saturday, November 24th. All residents should place their recycling Toter containers curbside the evening before the pickup after 5pm to ensure they do not miss the collection.
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.
Leaf Season will commence on October 22nd, 2018 and continue through December 5th, 2018.
Residents must use the South Orange Leaf Map located at southorange.org under SO Community Map, selecting Leaf Map from the left column. Please follow the map to determine when it is appropriate to rake leaves out at your address. Zones are authorized to rake leaves out when they are shown in green on the Leaf Map, when they are red in color do not rake out until the zone reflects green again.
Residents on County Roadways must contact Essex County for their leaf pickup schedule at (973) 239-3366.
Please view all regulations regarding Leaf Season on the Seasonal Information tab at the top left of this page.