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Public Works

Gregory Whitehead, Director of Public Works


Janice Brokofsky, General Information

Phone: 609-587-1894
Fax: 609-584-0220
Located at 240 Bakers Basin Road
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The responsibilities of the Department of Public Works include maintaining municipal roadways and drainage systems, the issuance of road opening permits, snow removal, garbage collection, brush and yard waste collection, maintaining the township's recreational facilities and the care of the municipal buildings.


  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR RECYCLING - If your curbside collection for recycling was not collected because of contamination (items that do not belong in your yellow bucket), kindly remove those items from the recycling bucket  for the next collection.  If you would like to drop off your recycling, the Lawrence Township Public Works Department is allowing residents, with proper proof of residency, to drop off their recycling at the Public Works Facility on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.(temporary drop off).  This temporary drop off is for residents that did not have their bucket collected because of contamination.  The facility is located at 240 Bakers Basin Road.  You can contact the Mercer County Improvement Authority with any questions regarding the contamination policy at (609) 278-8086.  Plastic bags in your recycling can is a major problem at the recycling plant.  If you place or utilize plastic bags in your curbside recycling bin, they often clog machines at recycling facilities and hinder the recycling process.  Place loose acceptable items in your recycling bucket. Please click here to see list of “Materials Accepted” and “Material not Accepted”. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Lawrence Township Department of Public Works at (609) 587-1894.
  • MCIA Recycling Guidelines: Think Beyond the Bucket! You can recycle so much more than just paper and plastic. Please take some time to go to the Mercer County website for recycling information and to see their new "Beyond the Bucket" resource guide.
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Please click here for answers to some of the most asked questions regarding the New Yard Waste Collection rules.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE NEW YARD WASTE COLLECTION RULES: Brush will be picked up according to the zone schedule. Please refer to the Zone Map. Brush should be placed at curbside no earlier than the weekend prior to scheduled week of pickup. Click here for details.
  • New Landscaper Registration Policy: A newly passed Ordinance, 2307-18 requires all landscaping contractors who perform work in Lawrence Township to complete a registration form. Please click here for additional details and form.
  • The Township Ecological Facility, located at 3701 Princeton Pike, just south of Fackler Road, will reopen on Saturdays beginning April 6, 2019.

Township Property Information

Property Search Tool - Find property data such as Yard Waste and Garbage Collection zones for your residence. This search tool retrieves basic information about property located in Lawrence Township.

Brush, Yard Waste & Leaf Collection

Township Ordinance 2307-18 details the new collection guidelines. You may click here for a quick description of the regulations. Brush and yard waste is collected once a month according to the Zone Collection Map. You can also lookup the zone for your property using online search tool.

Christmas trees will be collected during the regular Zone collection.

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Compost & Wood Chips

Compost and double ground wood chips are available free of charge to all Lawrence Township residents and are available at the Township Ecological Facility, located at 3701 Princeton Pike, just south of Fackler Road. The compost site will be open Saturdays for the season beginning April 6, 2019. Hours of operation are:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday (Saturdays are only April through November)
  • Closed Sundays and Township Holidays

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


Organic Waste
Lawrence Township offers voluntary food waste recycling through a Curbside Organic Collection Program. Beginning December 1, 2018, participants will pay $38.50 per month which is billed on a quarterly basis. Organic carts are collected every Thursday and residents may receive a free kitchen container and a start‐up supply of biodegradable bags (while supplies last). Residents can register for the Curbside Organic Waste Program anytime and are permitted to share the service with a neighbor. If you still have questions after reviewing the details, please call Janice Brokofsky in the Department of Public Works at (609) 587‐1894.

Paper - Plastic - Glass and more
Recycling is a service provided by the County through the Mercer County Improvement Authority. For a guide to recyclables, contact the MCIA at 609-278-8086. Recycling is picked up every other Monday. If Monday falls on a holiday, the pickup is the following Saturday. If recycling is missed or additional yellow and green cans are needed, please call the Publics Works Department at 609-587-1894. The attached contains details on what can and can't be recycled. For information on the recycling schedule visit MCIA website.

Electronic Devices
Effective January 1, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is banning the disposal of all "covered electronic devices" and are no longer to be placed with the blue trash carts for disposal. Please see the list of acceptable items that can be dropped off at the Department of Public Works on Wednesdays.

Project Medicine Drop-Off
In partnership with local law enforcement agencies, the Division of consumer Affairs has made it as easy as possbile for you to safely and securely dispose of your unused medications. For more details, see the attached flyer.

Eyeglasses Drop-Off Locations
Lions Recycle for Sight - for information about recycling old eyeglasses, please click here for participating locations.

Garbage Collection

Daily Collection Schedule

By contract, collection begins at 7:00 a.m. Please be sure to place carts or bulk waste at the curb by that time.Garbage shall be placed for collection no earlier than 5:00 P.M. of the day prior to the scheduled collection.  Trash receptacles shall be removed from the street within forty-eight (48) hours of garbage collection. If you have any questions, just let me know.  Thank you for your assistance. Pick-up days vary across the township depending on your street address.

Street Listing showing Garbage Collection Day (pdf)
You can also lookup the zone for your property using online search tool.

Some streets have private service arranged by the responsible housing association. The Township is not responsible for scheduling private services of these associations.

Holiday Collection

Trash Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day

When a holiday falls on Monday or Tuesday, collection normally scheduled for that weekday will be the Saturday before the holiday. When a holiday falls on Wednesday, Thursday (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day) or Friday, collection will be on the Saturday following the holiday.

Bulk Waste Pick-Up

Bulk waste will be picked up on your regular collection day. Bulk waste consists of items to be discarded which are too large to fit into your new cart. The exceptions are "white goods" such as washers, dryers and refrigerators and bulky material too large to fit in the "hopper" of any vehicle used for collection. Regulations for Bulky Waste pickup can be found on the attached.

The Cart

The Township purchased and distributed the new carts that are specially constructed to be used in an automated or semi-automated collection system. The cart is designed for ease of handling, is durable and has a lid which keeps odors in and moisture out. It is the only container which can be used with the new system. Each cart has a serial number that corresponds to your address. The cart is the property of the Township and remains behind for the new resident should you move from your current location.

Unless you requested something smaller, you received a 95 gallon cart. The capacity of the 95 gallon cart is more than three times greater than the standard residential cart. If you determine that you need more capacity, additional carts may be leased for a one-time fee based on cart size.

There is a weight limit for each cart size. The 35 gallon cart can accommodate 100 pounds of waste. The 65 gallon cart will accommodate 200 pounds of waste. The 95 gallon cart will accommodate 300 pounds of waste. A cart filled with standard household waste will not exceed these limits.

Grass Pickup

The Mercer County Improvement Authority no longer collects grass clippings. The Township encourages composting. However, if you choose to throw out your grass clippings, it must be placed in your garbage cart on the regular garbage pickup day.

Clippings may not be disposed of in plastic bags left at the edge of the road or in containers other than the Township carts!

Hazardous Waste

Herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals, used gasoline and other hazardous materials may be disposed of by calling the Mercer County Improvement Authority at 609-278-8086. Use the following links for information about how to safely dispose of a syringe or to discard unused medications.

Snow Removal

Township ordinance requires that owners, occupants and tenants of property which abut a sidewalk are responsible for removing snow or ice from the sidewalk. A path must be cleared to a width of 24 inches and must be cleared within 24 hours from the time that the snow event ended or the ice formed. The attached includes details about the snow removing process by The Township.