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Fines Steep for Sweeping Leaves Into Street

Hillsborough police chief warns of penalties if yard waste is not in proper container in street.

As fall cleanups begin around town, Hillsborough Police Chief Paul Kaminsky released a statement Tuesday, reminding residents not to place loose leaves and debris in roadways.

According to township ordinance, a property owner, occupant or contractor cannot "sweep, rake, blow or otherwise place yard waste, unless the yard waste is containerized, in the street." Yard waste is defined as grass clippings and leaves, Kaminsky said.

Violation of this ordinance could result in up to 90 days in prison, a $1,250 fine or as much as 90 days community service, Kaminsky's statement said.

The Hillsborough Department of Public Works will begin the leaf pickup program on Nov. 5. For more information, call 908-369-3950 or visit the town website for pickup and dropoff schedules.

Kelly October 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Better yet, make a compost pile! Sound like a tree-hugger thing to do, but really it's a financially beneficial way to save on garbage pick-up and get free fertilized soil for your flower or veggie gardens.
centurion October 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Considering the number of times I've seen people doing this, it's not something I would worry about being enforced.
Rick October 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Who voted for this change?!?! Are you kidding me? I have almost an acre of property and live on an corner. Here's what I see happening. It's going to cost me an arm and a leg to have the guys whom I had been paying to blow the leaves to the street to now adhere to this. And many of the people in my neighborhood will likely say "no way" and let the leave blow onto my yard. Are we laying off DPW workers and selling the truck? How did this get done with only a small blub afterwards in the Patch and Beacon? I'm pissed!
Fred Garvin October 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Is this what we pay our police for?
Rick October 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I'm hearing from neighbors that it was mis-reported in both the Patch and the Beacon. The leaf services are remaining as they had been. The message is that they should not be raked into the street for safety purposes. They should be left on the edge of your lawn. That is consistent with past years. If that is the case, my apologies for blowing up so quickly to whomever may have taken offense. It would be good for this to be confirmed by the Patch and the Beacon.
Mike October 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Hillsborough puts out the same message every year. The issue I have is that the township only comes around 2 times in my neighborhood. The first time they come, most of the leaves are still on the trees. The next time is about 5 weeks later. If I were to rake the leaves onto the edge of my lawn, I would need to replant that section of lawn every year.
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