Oi Kearny, leaf collection (in bags only) kicks off Nov. 1

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Don’t look now but it’s time, almost, for fall leaf collection — and in Kearny, that means remembering to adhere to the town’s new pickup policy.

The program kicks off the week of Nov. 1 and Deputy DPW Superintendent Kevin Murphy reminds all residents they should place their leaves in biodegradable paper leaf bags and place them at the curb for pickup.

Residents may no longer place leaves in the street on street sweeping day. There is also no longer a need to call to schedule a pickup of leaf bags, as they will be picked up from Nov. 1, 2021 to Jan. 7, 2022, in accordance with the following schedule:

Monday — Zone 3 — north of Midland Avenue.

Tuesday — Zone 2 — south of Midland Avenue and east of Kearny Avenue.

Wednesday — Zone  1 — South of Midland Avenue and west of Kearny Avenue.

Thursday — Zone 3 — north of Midland Avenue.

Friday — Zone 4 — the business districts on Kearny and Midland avenues.

Leaf bags may be purchased Monday through Friday, 10 bags for $5, at the Kearny DPW, 357 Bergen Ave., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Residents may also purchase biodegradable paper leaf bags from a retailer of their choice. Plastic bags of any kind will not be accepted for leaf disposable as bags must be biodegradable paper..

Please note only leaves may be placed in the leaf bags. Grass, twigs and any other yard waste must be disposed of with regular garbage pickup.

“If you are serviced by a private landscaper, please inform them that they will either have to bag the leaves and place them at the curb, or haul them away,” Murphy said. “Warning notices will be issued to residents who place leaves in the street and DPW will not pick them up.”

Questions? Need bags picked up prior to Nov. 1? Call the DPW at (201) 998-3700.

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