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Brush Collection Continues into 2013 for Freehold Township Residents

Brush left behind from Sandy is still being collected in Freehold Township. The Recycling Center is now allowing storm related brush to be dropped off.

While the calendar shows a new year, reminders of 2012 still line many of Freehold Township's streets in the form of brush waiting to be collected from when Hurricane Sandy hit Freehold.

As of Dec. 31, Freehold Township’s brush collection map showed that the majority of the township’s districts have been cleared of brush left behind from the storm. However, some residents in districts E and F are still waiting for collection to begin.

Freehold Township’s website states that Public Works has been taking an aggressive approach to the clean up, with crews working six extended work days a week, in addition to employing the services of multiple contracting agencies for equipment and services.

To keep residents in the loop, a map was created to show which areas have had brush collection and which areas have not. Red lines on the map indicate where collection has taken place. The most recent form of the map can be seen in the attached PDF.

“Progress continues to be slow due to the magnitude of the brush that needs to be collected, but every effort is being made to complete this task as soon as logistically possible. The Township is well aware that the brush causes a narrowing of roadways that requires cautious driving, and we urge all motorists to take care when traveling in these sight restricted areas. Many of these areas could see brush pickup continuing well into January and early February,” reads an announcement posted on the Township’s website

The town's recycling center is also helping out with brush collection by allowing storm related brush to be dropped off at the center. Christmas trees may also be dropped off at this time, but residents are being asked to not bring recyclables to the center until further notice.  

Richard Koping January 02, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Agree that the Township has a big job to do and are responding as well as they can, but no information has been posted anywhere on the leaf pick-up that was "suspended" until the storm debris was collected. Anyone?
major January 03, 2013 at 12:01 AM
YES, Put them in bags and drop them off. Stop relying on others to do your yardwork. My best guess is that they dont really know the exact moment they will be done, and would rather not not make a promise they probably cant keep especially if a snow event should occur. I commend the road dept for a job well done!! I have personally seen the mountains of debris collected in the Borough and the Township. Its people that complain about services that keep my taxes up, and govt workers high on the hog! Rake,fill bag, drop off, repeat!!
Richard Koping January 03, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Thanks for the info, Major. I did not realize the drop off center took leaves. Do they need to be bagged?
Thom January 03, 2013 at 04:33 AM
FYI for you major. Some of us who live in somewhat wooded lots can't just bag the leaves and take them to recycling center, would take me weeks to just bag them not to mention thousands of trips from northern end of township. Also they have been curbside for weeks now, bagging not even an option. @ Richard...they take leaves at recycling center, however it is your responsiblility to remove them from the bags once you drop them off. With regards to dpw, they have done a great job with the mountains of brush up and down every single street!
Andrew Reid January 04, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I have to disagree with the essence of this discussion. Every other town in the area has completed storm cleanup weeks ago. While we that happen to live in zone F deal with one lane roads and dangerous conditions with every rain or wind event. And what happens when it snows? The streets can not be effectively plowed or even salted in their current condition. To me it is completely unacceptable.

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