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Cost a Prohibitive Factor in Switching to Vacuum Leaf Pickup in Brick

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Fall leaf, leaves pickup. (Credit: Scott Robinson/ Flickr)
Fall leaf, leaves pickup. (Credit: Scott Robinson/ Flickr)

The oft-practiced fall tradition of curbing one’s leaves for pickup by vacuum truck is one that has never seen the light of day in Brick – in fact, it’s technically illegal.

Mayor John Ducey, asked by a resident about vacuum trucks during a Facebook Live session last week, said he has been in favor of switching the town to the traditional method of leaf pickup since he was elected to council several years ago. But the cost would be significant, he said. Brick would need six, at least, or seven trucks to accommodate the size of the town. The trucks cost about $250,000 each.

As it currently stands, Brick residents must bag their leaves. The township offers leaf pickups in the fall and spring, and leaves can always be dropped off at the recycling center on Ridge Road if recyclable bags are used.

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“As of now, there’s no stomach for spending $2 million on leaf trucks … something you’d basically use six to eight weeks of the year,” Ducey said.

Each year, heads of the township’s departments put together budgets with requests for items to be purchased. Leaf trucks have never been a high enough priority, said Ducey.

“It would be an over $2 million investment, which would be okay, in a way, but the department heads prioritize what they need for their departments,” Ducey explained. “While I would love a leaf truck, it’s never made it past that original stage.”

Still, Ducey said, he keeps up on prices while hoping such a measure will draw enough support to make it into the township’s budget.


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  • Phil Nase

    You never explained how vacuum leaf collection is “it’s technically illegal.” Clarification please.

  • Johnny Royale

    You could use it more than 8 weeks a year if you just constantly sweep up leaves. Trees don’t always cooperate with the towns schedule. The majority of my leaves fall after the fall collection

    • Lord Trump, Westeros

      agree! trees have leafs all year! this is more liberal bias!

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        It’s a Russian plot to interfere in our elections.

      • Frank Rizzo

        With all the liberal attacks on women and flat out rape at times… i think the word suck should now be callef the S word

      • KaayC

        Lol The Trees have eyes and ears.

    • KaayC

      AGREED! Please contact one of the town bozos to explain this! We all need to call and complain as this system is NOT working and hasnt for years.

  • Paul Hanrahan

    Are there no private contractors who perform this service? I don’t know what the cost would be, but I think it might be worth looking into.

    • KaayC

      $250.00 per household

  • dave betten

    I call BS. They make machines on trailers that can be towed behind the garbage trucks they currently use. They don’t need dedicated trucks.

    • Mark Story Jenks

      There’s a thought. I may have seen one of those in Brielle.

      • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

        They’re called Lewinsky machines.

      • KaayC

        Globe the best thing about your commentary is we never know when you are pulling our leg or when you are serious. : )

      • Global Warming is a Hoax

        Seriously, I’m just pulling your leg.

      • KaayC

        Then you can’t be “Serious”. lol

  • Clark Westfield

    The whole thing seems stupid to me. I compost my leaves. It’s easy. I run them over with my lawnmower to shred them and get them in the mower bag. Then I add coffee grounds and pile them in a circle of chicken wire. Six months later I have excellent fertilizer. Simple and I don’t need to buy fertilizer.

    • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

      I burn my leaves in a 55 gallon drum to create greenhouse gas to warm the climate. This way I won’t have to move to Florida .

    • Mark Story Jenks

      I do the same thing . It takes a little time, but it’s worth it. Because we have mostly Oak trees, I amend the compost with garden lime. Oak leaf compost is very acidic otherwise.

      • KaayC

        Haven for mold which is a big enough issue here at the shore. Wouldn’t want to be near a compost heap.

      • Clark Westfield

        No. That’s presumptuous and ignorant of you. No mold in compost. Not properly made compost anyway. But there is lots of mold in those mulches made from recycled wood products.

      • KaayC

        Okay I concede I may be confusing compost with mulch. Definitely a lot of mold in mulch. Thanks for clarifying. And “no” to astroturf, lol. I stand by saying peopke need to maintain their lots if they choose to keep them forested as opposed to landscaped.

      • KaayC

        *people

  • Frank Rizzo

    The coastal areas have little amounts of leaves…most is in the area of town where full time people live. It can be done….

  • Bill Clinton is a Rapist!

    Vacuum trucks suck !

  • KaayC

    When will shorebeat allow posting of pix. I would like this administration to see what we are contending with. It is NOT six to eight weeks. We are looking at this unsightly crap for four months now and more in the spring. I calculate six months of crap bags and lousy pickup. Please do not lecture me on tree removal we have done it. The leaves are not my own and there are 36 bags at the top of my street sitting for a month now. There is also a besieged neighbor who tarped two huge piles because the old dear next to them cannot afford to cut, trim or do leaf removal. It is a MAJOR problem not a six week inconvenience. IMO it is a number one factor in making this blighted town look like crap.

    • Clark Westfield

      I think we should just cut down all trees, pave the ground and cover it with astroturf.

  • Surfrider

    Yeah, what is “technically illegal” about the process? And when “das brick crew” comes around in their truck saving the town from being taken over by leaves…no less…they rip the plastic bags open and leave on the ground. Why can’t they have a big can on board to toss in there for recycling, this way they kill 2 birds with one effort! Otherwise, People just take and toss in garbage……?

    • KaayC

      People aren’t just tossing the empty bags either. When they wait for months to have the bags removed they get fed up and toss filled bags as well. If we eliminated pay to play and stealing with two hands we could probably purchase four trucks.

    • Matt

      I doubt that the collection part is technically illegal, I’m assuming what he’s referring to residents making piles of leaves in the streets that violates some law, by either restricting traffic, or restricting storm water runoff from reaching the storm drains, or the practice leading to the storm drains being blocked or plugged with leaves.

      Prior to moving to Brick I lived in a neighboring town that did the leaf piles. I much prefer the bagging method that Brick uses. In some Brick neighborhoods with narrow streets, like Shore Acres or Birchwood Park, the streets wound not be passable for traffic with huge piles of leaves on both sides of the street. Also, on windy days like we’ve had lately, it’s a losing battle against the leaves blowing away in the wind from the piles.

  • Surfrider

    Yeah you said a mouth full….pay to play and stealing with 2 hands (but lets say 1 finger, because if there is a will there is a way!). i understand it is now preprinted on applications! haha…

  • Surfrider

    Gotcha….thx……