Leaf, Branch, and Log Collection

Not sure what section you are in? Check this list for your section or review this map. The schedule can also be found by using the Recycle Coach application. 

Click the link below for the Leaf, Branch and Log Schedule for 2024 in English & Spanish.

2024 Leaf, Branch & Log Mailer - English               

2024 Leaf, Branch & Log Mailer - Spanish

On May 23, 2023, the Mayor and Council of Princeton adopted Ordinance 2023-13 regarding the leaf, branch, and log program.  Below are some highlights of this ordinance: 


Loose LeavesBagged LeavesBranches and Logs
Time of CollectionSpring and Fall each yearSpring and Fall each yearSpring and Fall each year
Placement for CollectionLoose leaves are to be placed in one pileBagged leaves are to be placed in biodegradable bagsBranches and logs are to be placed in one pile
Limitations on Quantity or Size of MaterialsOne pile measuring no greater in size than 3 feet in width & 3 feet in height.
The pile shall not extend beyond the width of the individual property frontage
NoneBranches and logs must be cut no longer than 3 feet in length & no larger than 6 inches in diameter.
The pile of branches and logs shall be no greater in size than 12 feet in length, 3 feet in width & 3 feet in height
Where materials Must be Left for CollectionOn paved roadway but not more than     3 feet into paved roadway immediately adjacent to your propertyOn grass that is immediately adjacent to edge of paved roadway but not on paved roadway itself or on the curb immediately adjacent to your propertyOn paved roadway but not more than 3 feet into paved roadway immediately adjacent to your property
When Materials Must be Left for CollectionNot more than 7 days prior to 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled date of collectionNot more than 7 days prior to 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled date of collectionNot more than 7 days prior to 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled date of collection


To sign up for alerts and access the municipal waste calendar download the Recycle Coach app or visit the webpage. 

Curbside Waste Tips

Please remember these tips when putting your curbside waste out for pickup:

  • Do:

    • Check and follow your section's collection schedule.  
    • All yard waste must be placed by the curb before 7:00 a.m. on your sections scheduled date of collection, but not more than seven (7) days prior to its start
    • Consider mulching leaves to help return nutrients to the soil
    • Keep branches/logs no longer 3 feet in length and no greater than 6 inches in diameter; we will not collect logs larger than this size
    • Keep sidewalks and roadways clear of fallen debris
  • Don't:

    • Assume it is your section's collection when you see neighbors' yard waste. Please check your section schedule.
    • Mix materials types (branch/logs with leaves).
    • Put anything other than leaves in biodegradable leaf bags. Your bags will not be collected if there is mixed material in them.
    • Put grass clippings out for pick-up - grass clippings are not part of the collection program.  Mulch or compost your grass clippings. 

Emergency Information

Occasionally severe storms result in a disruption of collections for many municipal services including; leaf, branch, trash, and recycling. When this happens we will post an alert on the home page for information. You can sign up for these alerts and other website updates through our Notify Me page.

Joseph Maher Joint Ecological Facility

The Joseph H. Maher, Jr. Ecological Center is located at:
3701 Princeton Pike
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Yard waste accumulated after the scheduled collections can be taken by resident only to the Joseph Maher Joint Ecological Facility located at 3701 Princeton Pike, just past the intersection of Province Line Road. Branches and logs taken to the facility must be no longer than 3 feet in length and no larger than 6 inches in diameter. Compost and double ground wood chips are available free of charge to all Princeton residents and are available at the Ecological Facility.

Residents should bring their own containers or light trucks for the material. Residents also may dispose of leaves and brush during the listed hours. Absolutely no commercial vehicles!‍

Hours

The facility is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday - April through November. The center is closed Saturdays from December through March.  

The Joseph H. Maher, Jr. Ecological Center is closed Sundays and on Municipal Holidays:

  • New Years Day - January 1st
  • Martin Luther King Day - January 15th
  • Lincoln's Birthday - February 12th
  • Presidents Day - February 19th 
  • Good Friday - March 29th 
  • Memorial Day - May 27th 
  • Juneteenth - June 19th 
  • Independence Day - July 4th 
  • Labor Day - September 2nd 
  • Columbus Day - October 14th 
  • Election Day - November 5th 
  • Veterans Day - November 11th 
  • Thanksgiving - November 28th
  • The day after Thanksgiving - November 29th 
  • Christmas Day - December 25th 

Leave Leaves in Your Yard

The Princeton Environmental Commission reminds you that the easiest and most environmentally efficient way to manage your leaves is to leave your leaves in your yard. Compost them, mulch them, or rake them into an unobtrusive area of your property. Broken-down leaves will nourish your grass, plants, and trees. For a more detailed description of how and why to leave your leaves, visit the Environmental Commission's Guide to Fall Leaf Management (PDF).

Environmental Commission Guide

Princeton's Environmental Commission offers a guide to the benefits of composting and mulching leaves (PDF).

Leaf bags are for loose leaves only. Do not put any other material in them or they will not be collected. Hedge trimmings, garden clippings, branches, etc. all go out with brush pick up, not in the leaf bags. 

Helpful Information for Landscapers