Department of Public Works
ROBBINSVILLE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Dino J Colarocco, Director of Public Works
Bruce Gravatt, Public Works Foreman
56 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Telephone: 609-259-0422
Fax: 609-259-0322
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm


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The Township of Robbinsville Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Township property, buildings, and roadways. It consists of six divisions: Sanitation Collection, Streets and Roads, Buildings and Grounds, Parks and Recreation, Automotive Maintenance and Sanitary Sewer Utilities.

TRASH AND RECYCLING
Household Trash
Solid Waste Collection Schedule click here
Household Trash Collection Regulations click here
Disposal of Medicine and Syringes click here

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule:
*New Year's Day: Closed
*Day after New Year's Day: Normal operating schedule
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Martin Luther King Day: Normal operating schedule
*President's Day: Normal operating schedule
*Good Friday: Normal operating schedule
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Memorial Day: Closed
*Independence Day: Closed
*Labor Day: Closed
*Columbus Day: Normal operating schedule
*Election Day: Normal operating schedule
*Veterans Day: Normal operating schedule
*Thanksgiving Day: Closed
*Day after Thanksgiving: Normal operating schedule
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Day before Christmas: Normal operating schedule
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Christmas Day: Closed
*New Year's Eve: Normal operating schedule

Recycling
The Township of Robbinsville has been collecting recyclables as "Single Stream" since September 2008. This method allows you to put all your recyclable materials including glass, plastics, metal, paper and cardboard into one (1) recycle bucket (or as many as needed). It is than collected by one (1) truck and taken to a facility where it will then be separated, and recycled. By using this Single Stream Method it allows us to realize a savings on our collection costs by reducing the number of trucks and labor required to make the collections.

2014 Recycling Schedule click here
Single Stream Recycle Guidelines click here

If you need a replacement recycle bucket you may stop in or contact the Public Works office 609-259-0422.
Recycling lids are available for purchase at the Public Works office.
$4.00 each for the 20 gallon lid (old yellow & green bucket)
$5.00 each for the 32 gallon lid (Kelly green bucket)


White Goods
Appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc. and/or heavy metal items are picked up on the last Wednesday of each month. TV's and computers will also be picked up at this time. These items must be scheduled for pick-up through the Public Works office 609-259-0422.

Grass Clippings
Grass clippings will be picked up with your regular trash on your regular trash collection day. Clippings must be placed in open bags or containers and be out to the curb by 6:30am. They should not contain any other yard waste or debris. Bags or containers must not weigh more than 50 pounds or they will not be picked up. As a cost saving measure, we encourage residents to recycle grass clippings by mulching them back into their lawns. This would save the Township on our solid waste disposal fees which are currently $125.00 a ton.

Grass Cutting Tips
Cut Your Grass High: Longer blades of grass mean the root system below the ground will also be longer
(deeper) and healthier. Longer blades of grass tend to collect more light and grow healthier and higher
blades often help block out crabgrass and invading weeds.

Cutting Height: Don't remove any more than one third of the grass leaf at any one cutting. If circumstances
arise that a lawn gets too tall and you just have to lop off a bunch to get caught up, bite the bullet and break
it down into several mowings to get caught up, with three days or so between cuttings.

Mow Only When the Grass is Dry: If you mow your lawn when the grass is wet, you're just going to get
clumps of grass, uneven cuts and invite several types of fungus to grow.
Mow Only When the Grass is Cool: Try to mow your grass early in the morning, not in the middle of the
day, especially if you're going through a dry period or if your grass is wilting.

Don't Use a Bagger: By cutting your lawn without a bagger and leaving the clippings on the lawn, you're
adding extra nitrogen, water and nutrients back into the soil as those clippings decompose. Contrary to
popular opinion, grass clippings do not add to thatch buildup.

Change Direction Each Time You Mow: When you cut your lawn in several different patterns you'll avoid
creating ruts or pathways in your lawn from repeatedly going over the same spot each week. If you're
leaving your grass clippings on your lawn and you have some small clumps, try going over your lawn again
quickly in another direction to disperse them. For a rectangular lawn, you have lots of cutting pattern
options like concentric circles, "up and down", "back and forth", on a diagonal (left and right) or even a
combination.
Mower Maintenance: This is something that often gets overlooked. Keep your mower in good working
order. Always clean out grass clippings and debris when you're done, keep the fuel and oil relatively clean
and fresh. Most importantly always keep the blades sharpened. It depends on how large your lawn is, but
generally I find that buying new blades once a season and having them sharpened several times a season
works well. Keep an extra blade around so you'll always have a sharp one on hand.


Automotive Waste
The following items may be dropped off at our Public Works facility, located at 56 Robbinsville-Allentown Road between the hours of 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Used Motor Oil, Tires, (off of the rims), Batteries. Rims may be dropped off once the tires are removed.


Alkaline Batteries
In 2004, the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) notified the Township in writing that they were doing away with the battery recycling program. Since Mercury is no longer used in the production of batteries, they no longer pose a threat to the environment and can be thrown away with your household trash. If you believe you are in possession of a battery that contains Mercury or have additional questions about the program, please contact the MCIA at 609-278-8100.

Electronic Waste
The Township now has a drop-off location for Electronic Waste located at 56 Robbinsville-Allentown Road between the hours of 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. At this time the only types of materials that can be dropped off are the following:
Computer CPU's Computer Desktop Units
Laptops CRT Monitors
Flat Screen/LCD Monitors Printers (Inkjet, LaserJet & DOT Matrix accepted)
Flatbed Scanners Computer Speakers
Cables Mice/Keyboards
UPS Battery Backups Televisions
…and other computer related peripherals
No DVD players, VCR's, stereo units, game consoles or other types of electronics can be dropped off at this time. These items can also be taken to the Mercer County Electronic Waste and Shredding Events. Please visit the Mercer County Improvement Authority website www.mcianj.org for details, specific drop-off dates and times.


BRUSH COLLECTION
The Public Works Department will be collecting brush on the 1st and 2nd full weeks of each month. Starting the week of April 7, 2014 through the week of October 13, 2014, residents can place their brush out curbside for pickup. No phone calls will be necessary to schedule a pickup.

2014 Brush Collection Policy click here

Residents WEST of Route 130 will have their brush picked up the 1st FULL week of the month.
Residents EAST of Route 130 will have their brush picked up the 2nd FULL week of the month.


There will be NO curbside brush pickup from October 20, 2014 through April 5, 2015. There is a drop-off facility at the Public Works Department located at 56 Robbinsville-Allentown Road. Brush may be dropped off all year long between 7:00am & 3:30pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
All brush is to be cut to a maximum length of six (6) feet and a maximum diameter of six (6) inches. Small twigs may be placed in open buckets or containers and placed near the pile of larger brush for removal. All forsythia, willow vines, firethorns, tall grasses, and briars must be tied in bundles not to exceed six (6) inches in diameter.

NO BRUSH SHOULD BE PLACED IN BAGS!
Logs, stumps, evergreens with roots, or debris from land, etc., as well as commercial trimmings, will NOT be collected with brush.

All limbs and brush shall be placed in an orderly manner with all butts (six (6) inches in diameter maximum) facing the roadside. The size of the pile may not be larger than four (4) feet high by fifteen (15) feet wide and is limited to one pile per property.

For the safety of pedestrians and motorists, please do not place brush at the curb more than two (2) days prior to the scheduled pickup.

*There shall be no collection of vegetative materials for condominiums or townhouses.

LEAF COLLECTION
Robbinsville Township will perform its annual Curbside Leaf Collection Program beginning the week of October 20, 2014 through the week of December 29, 2014. The NJDEP has mandated that we have 7 days to pickup leaves after they have been advertised to be placed out for pickup. To accomplish this, the Township has been divided into six (6) sectors; A through F.

2014 Leaf Collection Schedule click here
Map of Sectors click here

PLEASE be reminded that once the leaf crews have gone by your house, in order to keep to the schedule, we cannot accommodate requests for returns until the next scheduled pickup. PLEASE do not place additional leaves out until then.
NO LEAVES SHOULD BE PLACED IN BAGS!
*Place your leaves in wind-rows (long, narrow, neat piles), curbside by the starting dates for your sector.
This is the preferred way of placing your leaves out for collection.
*Do not place leaves within ten (10) feet of a storm drain inlet.
*Do not park vehicles in front of leaf wind-rows….if we can't reach your leaves we can't pick them up!
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twigs, branches, trash, or other debris are to be in leaf wind-rows. These items must be removed from
your leaves prior to our vacuum arrival. These materials damage our vacuums creating equipment
downtime which hampers our ability to keep to the schedule. If we find these materials in your leaves,
your wind-rows will be left and we will not return until the next pass. At the next pass, your wind-rows will
still need to be clear of the materials.
*If you have a contractor/landscaper, they need to be instructed to follow these guidelines, or to take the
leaves with them.

Cooperation from every resident is essential for the program's success.

Christmas Trees
Residents may place their Christmas trees curbside. Public Works will be collecting them starting the first workday after New Year's Day. We will continue collections daily through January. After that, trees may be dropped off at the Public Works Department located at 56 Robbinsville-Allentown Road.

Mulch
Free mulch is no longer available to township residents. There is usually a large pile placed on the corner of Hutchinson & Pond; however that belongs to Foxmoor Condo Association. Please do not take it from there.

No Dumping
The "No Dumping" ordinance states that it shall be unlawful to dump, deposit or leave substances on roads or lands. This includes, but is not limited to trash, grass clippings, hedge, bush or tree trimmings. Persons seen observing violators are urged to contact the Robbinsville Township Police at 609-259-3900. If possible a description of the person(s) involved, their vehicle, any writings or license plate numbers should be noted. Violators are subject to a fine not exceeding $500.00 (five hundred dollars), or imprisonment in the county jail for (90) ninety days, or both. It should also be noted that person(s) dumping in township or private dumpsters and/or containers without authorization subject themselves to complaints for Theft of Services, N.J.S. 2C:20-8.
Violators are subject to a minimum fine of $500.00 (five hundred dollars).