Marlboro Leaf Collection Continues

Work is continuing in zone 3 with zone 6 starting Monday. Zones 1, 7 and 8 will follow, weather permitting, until leaf collection is completed.

Leaf collection in Marlboro has been delayed because of “severe winter weather,” but collections have been completed for all township zones at least once, according to a statement from the Department of Public Works.

The department is continuing to remove leaves from township roads, and has completed a second collection for several sections already. Work was expected to begin on Zone 6 Monday.

Here is the statement in full:

Leaf collection update from DPW


Dear Resident:

Due to severe winter weather which began during the remaining weeks of fall leaf collection, the Department of Public Works continues to remove leaves from municipal roadways.  At this time, we have completed the first leaf pick-up for all zones and have completed the second and final 2013 leaf collection for zones 2, 4, and 5.

Rain and temperatures below freezing make it a significant challenge to remove leaves. While industrial leaf vacuums are generally effective in removing leaves during October and in early November, they are ineffective once winter-type weather has affected our area.  Under winter-like conditions, leaf pickup is accomplished using construction loaders.

Please know that we are employing all available township resources including outside contractors in this effort.   Work is currently ongoing in zone 3 with zone 6 starting Monday, January 13th.  Zones 1, 7 and 8 will follow, weather permitting, until leaf collection is completed.

On behalf of the Department of Public Works and the township, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during this time.  If you have any questions, please contact the Department at 732-536-0188.

Robert DiMarco


anonymous January 13, 2014 at 03:02 PM
It's about friggin time. Don't insult us as to the reasons for the delay. The weather was just fine if you had picked up your damn leaves according to the schedule. What was last years excuse? Hurricane Sandy?? Don't even go there. Leaves and brush that were supposed to be picked up way before Sandy came around were not picked up. If I have any questions call you?? I did. You never got back. Just admit the real reasons for the delay, and stop blaming the weather.
john alba January 14, 2014 at 09:05 AM
The real reason for the delay, just watch how hard they work/or don't when they show up on your street. They arrive about 7:30 and work to about 9 and then go on break and come back around 10:30. Around 11:30 it's time for lunch and there gone to about 1:30. Unless we have OT on that day there gone around 2:45, another hard day at work in Marlboro. Can't say I blame DeMarco, I would go directly to Hornik and the BA who are afraid of what the union would say.
lunasee January 14, 2014 at 09:07 AM
@ anonymous...Right on good buddy. Agree with you 100%. And at least in zone 5 the ONLY time in 4months leaves were collected was 12/31 and they did a crappy job! Leaf pick-up used to be a seamless process, hurricanes, cold weather and such it went on without us noticing..NOW every expected service is an issue AND newsworthy. Unblievable. Also the streets are in desparate need of repair-what do we hear/see---talk about sidewalks where there are no houses and talk about creating a town square. We get automatic emails asking if a street has been repaired to our satisfaction. Reality is after numerous phone calls they put a thin smear of tar over the hole, so it promptly came back and now several new ones have emerged. We get excuses/bandaids no real action. BTW my friend the one thing that you , I or any other citizen in this town won't get is real answers.
Marlboro VoiceofReason January 14, 2014 at 09:12 AM
They are extremely slow when they get to a block. Pretty silly how they do work. Should knock out blocks in no time......
Stuart Mandel January 14, 2014 at 09:46 AM
It is important to note that theses issues have been going for several years now. Election time came and election time went. The same administration was unanimously voted back into office. Talk about lunacy, lunasee. LOL Until people wake up, it will be more of the same. People are afraid to speak up; not sure why. Thoughts??
Lisa January 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM
I have lived in this town for a very long time. Used to be...streets were kept clean, leaves were picked up according to the schedule, snow removal was done much better. It is absolutely true, when they come to clean a street, they spend more time standing around and having a coffee clotch than actually working. Good thing they don't work for another company as they would be FIRED. Taxes go up and services go down. Does anybody think the leaves will be picked up before the new ones are on the trees in the spring????????????


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