Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30
379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Leaf Pick Up Program


(Updated Friday December 2 – 1:50 PM)

Hillsborough Township 2022 Leaf Pick Up Program 

Tentative Schedule for December 2 through December 10 

Leaf Drop Off is also available at the Auten Road Dump Site Saturday,

December 3   (7 AM - 3 PM)  & Saturday, December 10 ( 7 AM - 3 PM)

  • Crew in Woodfield, Sunrise, Atkinson, Starview and Rohill Areas
  • Crew in Kilmer/Michelle Area, Woods Road and Township Line Road
  • Crew in White Meadow/Spring Valley Areas, Willows Edge Area, Hillsborough/Willow Roads
  • Crew in Camplain, Weston, Sunnymead Areas and North Willow Road
  • Crew in Flanders and Royce Brook Areas
  • Crew in Warner, Elmendorf, Ditmar (Valley Road Area), Banor Park, and Triangle Road Areas
  • Crew in Blackpoint, Wood Fern, Three Bridges and Hockenbury Areas

Schedule is dependent on weather, manpower, equipment breakage and any other unforeseen issues. Please be patient. A crew will be in your area as soon as possible. You are able to take leaves to the Auten Road Site every Saturday during the month of November between 7am - 3pm, and the first 3 Saturdays in December. Grass and leaves ONLY. The Auten Road Site does not accept brush or bulk items at these events. The Auten Road Site is also open the 3rd Friday of each month between 11am - 3pm for Grass and Leaf Drop off ONLY.

More information on both the leaf pick-up and drop-off programs can be found on the Township website under Public Works (click the leaves below)  or by calling 908-369-4313, prompt 6.          


Hillsborough also has a Leaf Drop Off Program.

Hillsborough Township Department of Public Works will begin its leaf collection program on November 7th to assist residents with the removal of fallen leaves. The program continues through mid-December or until there has been a minimum of two passes through the entire town. To participate in the leaf collection program, residents must rake leaves to the curb or street right-of-way by the beginning of their scheduled weeks for collection. A tentative schedule will be posted in the Mayor's eNews and on the Township website.  Please keep in mind this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change with weather conditions, equipment breakage, and manpower.

Bagged leaves are not accepted and will not be collected.  Homemade collection bins with stakes and wire fences help keep leaves contained and are encouraged to help residents get their leaves out early and contain them from blowing around.  Bins should not be taller than 36 inches and should be located near the curb or ditch line.
Hillsborough Township asks that residents keep leaves away from gutters, drainpipes, drop inlets, drainage structures, and catch basins so as not to block the free flow of water. Rocks, sticks, brush and other objects must be kept out of leaf piles as they can cause damage to city machinery and delay the program. Therefore, no attempt will be made to collect leaf piles containing damaging items. 
Please note leaves should not block traffic, nor should they be piled near intersection corners which causes sight issues for motorists/bicyclists and pedestrians.  
In addition, Ordinance #2005-42:  Yard Waste in Roadway has penalties that include fines up to $1250.
All other streets are asked to rake leaves to the curb line, taking care not to block storm drainage structures/ catch basins. Leaf operations typically have one crew in each area of town beginning on the edges of town and moving toward the center. It takes about 3-4 weeks to make one pass through the entire town.
Residents also have the option to take their leaves to the Auten Road facility on select Saturdays from 7 am - 3 pm.  The schedule is as follows:  November 5th, 12th, Friday November 18th 11 am - 3 pm, November 19th, 26th, December 3rd, 10th, Friday December 16th 11 am - 3 pm, December 17th.
*Only leaves will be accepted.
*No brush, yard waste or debris will be accepted.
*Proof of residency required.
*Bagged leaves must be dumped and bags removed.


  • Leaf piles must be clear of sticks, branches, logs & other debris;
  • Grass clippings, Ornamental grasses, flower potting material, branches, pumpkins & gourds cannot be picked up. Residents are encouraged to bring those items to the Auten Road Dump Site;
  • Leaves should not block traffic;
  • Leaves should not be piled near intersection corners; this causes sight issues for motorists/ bicyclists/ pedestrians;
  • Keep leaf piles clear of drainage ways & catch basins; blocked drainage leads to localized flooding;
  • Leaves should not be piled around mailboxes, power poles, fences, fire hydrants, basketball hoops or other obstacles;
  • Do not park on leaf piles; the heat from a vehicle exhaust system could start a fire.


  • Do rake leaves to the edge of the roadway or curb line.
  • Do place leaves in a homemade bin with stakes and wire fence to contain in one area (no higher than 36 inches at the curb).
  • Do Not bag leaves to be picked up. The vacuum truck will not pick up bagged leaves.
  • Do Not place branches or any other debris, such as grass clippings, in the leaves. Sticks and debris clog and damage the equipment.
  • Do Not park vehicles in front of leaves or near leaves.
  • Do Not place leaves in the roadway or ditches.