February 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Due to the excessive of snow along West Orange roadways, the township issued a statement regarding the around-the-clock work of the Department of Public Works to remove it, and the effect it has had on traship pickup and recycling.
While the township is aware of existing noise ordinances, the amount of snow has created mounds along West Orange residential and main roadways, limiting visibility and creating traffic jams and congestion due to narrowed roads.
As a result, the DPW has been working late into the night to remove the snow mounds, receiving a mixed reaction from residents. While most have been happy to see the snow removed, some complained that the noise of the trucks was keeping them awake or that they were not informed of the work. Here is the statement issued today by the township:
"The Health Department is asking for your cooperation during these extraordinary winter conditions. It has been very difficult for the Garbage and Recycling trucks to navigate with the amount of snow and ice we have experienced. The Public Works Department is moving snow in order to improve roadway conditions. It has been necessary to deviate from the usual times that collections occur because of these circumstances. Although residents may be used to collection at a certain time of day garbage and recycling should be placed at the curb by 6:30 a.m. when collection begins. If the trucks have passed before garbage or recycling is placed at the curb please store it until the next collection. Recycling can also be brought to the environmental center at 590 Mt. Pleasant Avenue or hold for the following week. The trucks cannot return because items are placed at the curb late. Also please remember not to place recycling in plastic bags or put any plastic bags in recycling. Thank you."
Residents with concerns can contact Theresa DeNova in the Department of Health, at Please contact Theresa M. De Nova, Health Officer, at 973-325-4124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Mayor Robert Parisi will be holding his bi-monthly office hours on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Residents are welcome to stop by and discuss ideas, as well as concerns, with him. No appointment is necessary. Call the Mayor's Office at 973-325-4100 if you have any questions.