Montclair Busy With Storm Clean Up, Clearing Roadways, Special Tree Debris Collection

Yes, that’s a whole lot of tree that landed in Nishuane Pool.

The tree crushed the fence and caused minor pool damage; a complete inspection cannot be made until tree is removed from pool, according to Steve Wood, Director of Community Services/Public Works.

Other damage to parks and other town buildings/facilities has not yet been determined.

Montclair’s Office of Emergency Management says there were 120 downed wires as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias

All over Montclair, you will see a significant amount of tree debris generated by Tropical Storm Isaias.

Some 50 public and private trees fell on Township roadways (this does not include trees in parks and on private property).

Montclair Police shared the following road closures as of Wednesday morning:

Valley Road between Glenwood Rd & Norman Rd (Tree/wires blocking entire road)
Valley Road between Brookfield Rd & Gordonhurst Ave (Large limb on wires over roadway)

Grove Street between Alexander Ave & Overlook Road (Large tree blocking roadway)

Park Street between Alexander Ave & Mt Hebron Rd (Tree/wires blocking road)

Yale Terrace between Essex Ave & N. Fullerton Ave (Wires in road)

Harrison Ave between Porter Pl & Union St (Tree/wires/utility pole down across roadway

Cross St between Harrison Ave & Orange Rd (Tree/wires- roadway impassable)

Wayside Pl between Stonebridge Rd & Eagle Rock Way (Large tree blocking entire roadway)

Willowdale Ave between Monroe Pl & Woodland Ave (Wires in roadway)

The Township of Montclair will provide a special collection of miscellaneous tree debris. The Township OEM Coordinator is also allowing the use of internal combustion leaf blowers, effective immediately and until Thursday, September 3, 2020.


The tree debris, identified below, must be placed at the curb by Wednesday, August 19, 2020:

Due to the significant quantity of debris which is anticipated, an accurate collection schedule after this date cannot be determined however it is expected that complete removal of debris may take several weeks.

Once the special collection has commenced and as each street is cleared of debris after Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the date of collection will be noted and the crews will not return to that street for additional debris. Residents will be required to make their own arrangements for disposal at that time.
Miscellaneous Tree Debris to be Collected is as Follows

Branches – Branches are defined as any tree, bush or shrub parts less than one (1) inch in diameter. Branches must be cut in manageable lengths of 3 to 10 feet and must be stacked neatly to facilitate disposal. Branches may also be set out in biodegradable paper bags.

Wood Chips/chunks, Tree Bark, Acorns, Misc., Nuts, Tree Droppings, Etc. – These items must be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags or rigid containers not weighing more than 50 pounds each.

Logs – Logs are defined as any tree part one (1) inch or larger in diameter. Logs are not normally collected as vegetative waste however logs up to six (6) inches in diameter will be collected during this special storm cleanup only. Residents must make their own arrangements for disposal of logs larger than 6 inches in diameter. To facilitate collection please keep log piles separate from branch piles. Different crews and equipment will be collecting the different debris.

Stumps – Stumps are not collected. Residents must make their own arrangements for disposal.
All tree debris must be placed at the curb but not in the street to avoid impeding traffic or causing safety concerns. Prior to curbside collection, any tree debris which spills into the street must be returned to the curb immediately by the property owner. Violators will be subject to a fine by Code Enforcement for impeding traffic.

Residents must place tree debris as indicated above at the curb by Wednesday, August 19, 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A SPECIAL STORM RELATED TREE DEBRIS COLLECTION

Montclair has also provided a Q&A for Storm Debris Collection/Removal of branches/limbs from private trees:

How do I know what day to place debris at the curb? All storm-related yard debris must be placed at the curb by Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

How should debris be put at the curb? Are brown bio-degradable bags acceptable? Debris should be placed at the curb neatly and NOT in the street or obstructing the sidewalk. Yes, brown bio-degradable paper bags will be accepted but branches must follow the guidelines laid out in the Tropical Storm Isaias post-storm notice.

What is the last day I can place debris at the curb? Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

What are the dimensions of limbs/branches that will be acceptable for removal? Branches are defined as any tree, bush or shrub parts less than one (1) inch in diameter. Branches must be cut in manageable lengths of 3 to 10 feet and must be stacked neatly to facilitate disposal. Branches may also be set out in biodegradable paper bags.

Will logs be accepted? Yes. Logs are defined as any tree part one (1) inch or larger in diameter. Logs are not normally collected as vegetative waste however logs up to six (6) inches in diameter will be collected during this special storm cleanup only.

Will the Township be grinding/removing stumps of private trees? No. Residents must make their own arrangements for disposal.

Will Township employees be able to come onto my property for removal of debris? No.

How will I be notified that I can place debris at the curb? Notifications will be sent out via the Swift 911 Township alert system. All information will be posted on the Township website. Also, residents can contact Department of Community Services at 973-509-5711.

Are plastic bags acceptable to use for storm debris? No. Plastic bags are never acceptable for use of yard debris and therefore they will not be collected.

If I miss the final date of collection of storm debris can I call DCS and ask them to return to collect my debris? No. Residents must place tree debris as indicated above at the curb by Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

Will the Township assist in removing hanging branches in private trees? No. The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of private trees.

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