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48 Washington Street
South River, NJ 08882

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Yard Waste Information


We collect leaves, brush, grass clippings, and Christmas Trees separately from regular waste/recycling. Regular plant waste is collected throughout the year, on Mondays. Beginning on October 15, the Borough Leaf Program commences. Contractors and landscapers are not permitted to place limbs and/or branches curbside and are directly responsible for removal.

Grass Clippings

Grass clippings are collected curbside every Monday (except holidays). They must be placed curbside in an open, acceptable receptacle no earlier than Sunday evening. Plastic bags are unacceptable.


Brush is collected curbside every Monday (except holidays). Items must be tied with string or cord in bundles no more than 4 feet in length and 1 foot in height. Brush must be placed curbside no earlier than Sunday evening.


Leaves are collected curbside every Monday (except holidays). Leaves must be placed curbside, in an open biodegradable bag, or acceptable receptacle no earlier than Sunday evening. Bags containing grass, branches, stones, or other debris will not be accepted. Biodegradable Leaf bags are the preferred method for collecting leaves. Plastic bags are unacceptable. Beginning October 15th of each year, Public Works also provides a a Curbside Leaf Program and provides free leaf bags to each resident.

“Cut It and Leave It” Program

South River is a partner in the County “Cut It and Leave It” program and encourages residents to participate. This program supports fertilization of lawns by leaving grass clippings on the lawn. It also reduces the proliferation of weeds and saves taxpayer money.

To learn more about this program: Middlesex County Grass Cycling Program or 1(800)488-MCIA.

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