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Mahwah Leaf Pick-Up Nearly Complete

Residents can expect to see leaf trucks out Monday, and most of the pick-up will be finished by the end of the week, officials say.

DPW truck next to leaf windrows at Mahwah's compost facility.
DPW truck next to leaf windrows at Mahwah's compost facility.

A trip to Mahwah’s leaf compost facility shows a bustling process. So far, there are about 10 windrows of chopped leaf pick-up filling up the facility, all accumulated over the past six weeks.

After Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and the Oct. 2011 snowstorm saw leaf levels in the township rise over the past two years, DPW Director Keith Hallissey said this year’s leaf fall rate has mostly returned to normal.

On an average year, the DPW picks up between 12 and 15,000 cubic yards of leaves. Though Hallissey said he does not have the numbers crunched yet for this year, the pick-up is over two-thirds of the way done.

Each year, the DPW’s goal, Hallissey said, is to pick up leaves from every street three times.

“We are finishing up our second round now, and hoping to finish up most of the pick-up by Dec. 20,” Hallissey said.

“Some roads will have only gotten two pick-ups, but all of the leaves will be gone.”

The DPW is expecting to be out next week to “pick up the stragglers,” he said.

This week, expect to see leaf crews in Rio Vista, on Franklin Turnpike, in Scotch Hills, on roads east of Wyckoff Avenue, and in the Cragmere section of town. 

Melissa Steinberg December 16, 2013 at 06:56 AM
Not sure why they can't figure out a way to collect leaves in a more efficient manner. All the leaves on the street in my neighborhood are now buried under snow and unless there's a massive heat change in the next few days, the leaves won't be cleaned up until spring...and our road was not plowed properly because of the lack of leaf collection. It looks like some neighborhoods will only have 1 leaf collection this year. How is it that other neighborhoods have had more than 2 leaf collections while some barely have had 1 leaf collection. The list of where leaf collection will take place still doesn't include my neighborhood.
Suzy Kozakiewicz Godding December 16, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Our leaves have been out since mid November in anticipation of the schedule showing west Mahwah for the upcoming week. Many of the leaves have made their way to my back yard by now. Sinve they haven't been through at all, I better call to make sure they fit us in or my street will be a mess all winter!
Jessica Mazzola (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Hi guys -- I just wanted to let you know, when I spoke to Keith, he said that anyone who has questions or issues should call the DPW to straighten them out. Also, he said they will pick up leaves with snow on top of them, so residents don't need to worry about that. Hope that helps!
Tammi December 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Again, Fardale doesn't appear to be "part" of Mahwah. We were shoveling sidewalks filled with plowed snow and leaves this year, just like we are every other year.
Regenbogen December 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM
West Mahwah is not in the leave pick up schedule, yet leaves have been on some of the streets for over a month. I understand how busy the DPW has been however it seems as though the cleanup this year was very sporadic.

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