54 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928     
973-635-0674       Hours: 8am to 4pm M-F     


Leaf, Brush & Yard Waste

Mulch Site Hours of Operation and Rules

The Chatham Borough mulch site is located on Duchamp Place and is open to residents on Saturdays from 12:00pm to 4pm and on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.  Please note: Duchamp Place and Elmwood Avenue are one-way streets heading south on school days and cannot be used to access the mulch area.  Please use Center Avenue to Milton Avenue to Duchamp Place to access the mulch site when school is in session. Please watch for children.

Permits are required to access the mulch site and are issued only to residents .

A permit valid for the 2019 season may be obtained upon your first visit to the mulch site. Department of Works personnel will permanently attach the 2019 permit to your vehicle. No one will be admitted without a current permit.

ACCEPTABLE YARD WASTE:    The following items may be disposed of at the site in accordance with NJDEP regulations: leaves, hedge clippings, tree limbs up to 4" in diameter.  Grass may be disposed of but must be separated from all other yard waste. Plastic bags or containers must be removed from the site. Failure to comply may result in the closing of the area.

UNACCEPTABLE YARD WASTE :  The following items may not be disposed of at the site: stumps, concrete, building materials, old fence materials, limbs in excess of 4" in diameter, lumber, landscape ties, lawn furniture, metal items.  Please dispose of these type items in a 32-gallon can, or in green bags, an as part of Bulk Waste Collection.   PLEASE DO NOT PLACE YARD WASTE IN THE STREET.

WOOD CHIPS and PROCESSED MULCH is available at the mulch site to all Borough residents at no charge!  Residents who would like a large quantity deliveried to theIr home may schedule a $30 or $50 per load delivery.  Please call the Department of Public Works at 973-635-5242 for more information and to make arrangements.


2019 Leaf Collection Schedule

The Borough's Annual Leaf Collection Program is scheduled to begin on October 22, 2019.  Leaves will be collected daily in all zones using the vacuum method until the first week in December.  Leaves should not be placed at the curb after Sunday night, December 2nd. The Department of Public Works will schedule one final curbside collection of leaves the week of December 3rd. Once the vacuum crews have passed your house they will not return this season.

In accordance with Borough Ordinance, PLEASE DO NOT PLACE LEAVES IN THE STREET!  Leaves should be placed above the curb.

THE MULCH SITE will be open for residents and their landscapers Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. (closed for lunch break from 11:45am to 1:00 pm) starting October 22nd. The mulch site is scheduled to close for the season on December 8, 2018.

Saturday Mulch Hours:   12noon to 4pm
Hours for Wednesday November 27, 2019 (day before Thanksgiving):  8am - 12noon
Closed November 22nd & 23rd (Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving)
Last Saturday open December 7, 2019:   12noon - 4pm

Residents should instruct their landscaper to place leaves above the curb in accordance. Landscapers may also contact the Department of Public Works at 973-635-5242 to make arrangements to bring leaves directly to the mulch site FREE OF CHARGE.

BAGGED LEAF COLLECTION will take place on two days in mid-December. Tuesday, December 11th and Tuesday, December 18th the DPW will pick up leaf bags placed at curbside. Residents are responsible for purchasing paper bags. Plastic bags will not be collected.