Township of Chatham
Public Works Department
2020 Compost Area Guidelines

The Compost and Recycling area have been reopened.

You must have a 2020 Pink permit to use the Tanglewood Lane Compost Area. 
Permits will be checked as you enter. One permit, per household, is available free to Chatham Township residents, after March 1st, upon proof of residency, at the following locations: 

The Municipal Building (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)  Monday-Friday
The Public Works Building (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Monday-Friday
The Compost Area  WHEN IT IS OPEN  


The residential permit is usable for a car or pick-up truck. If you intend to use a truck, larger than a pick-up truck, that you might borrow or own, you must receive prior permission for the specific date you intend to use the compost facility. For permission call the Public Works Department at 973-377-5114 and be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, and the date you will be coming to the Compost Area. A residential permit is not usable by your landscaper.

All Landscapers must contact the Public Works Department for purchase of
compost permits 973-377-5114. Compost open to landscapers April 1, 2019.

Grass Clippings Building Materials Plastic Bags
Leaves Bio-degradable bags Rocks and Stones
Branches  Concrete Railroad Ties
  Firewood Stumps

Whatever you bring your organic material in you must take back with you after unloading.
Leaves and grass must be separated and loaded in the designated area. Branches must be separated from leaves and grass and placed in the brush pile. Branches must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length. Please remember that the inclusion of non-acceptable materials, like rocks and concrete, leads to severe damage to expensive equipment used for the shredding of compost material. Plus, potential danger of physical harm to the compost operators.


Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.        April 7 - November 28

Sundays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.      October 11 - November 29

Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.          April 7 - November 24

Mulch is available for this year.


Ordering begins on Monday, March 30, 2020
Department of Public Works will deliver 2 ½ - 3 yards of mulch to your driveway for a fee of $25.00 per load.
Payment is by check only and must be remitted with order.
Mulch orders must be placed in person at the DPW, 405 Southern Blvd. Monday–Thursday, 8 am to 3 pm, in order to be scheduled for the next available delivery date. Deliveries are done on Friday mornings.

You may also help yourself to mulch when the compost area is open.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information please call the Department of Public Works at 973-377-5114.

Please bear with us as we continue to request that GRASS and LEAVES be separated. The N.J. D.E.P. now requires that 90% of all grass, received at our compost area, be removed within fourteen (14) days.

We suggest that to save time and money you cut the grass more often and leave it. Studies show that not having to stop and empty the lawnmower bag can save you up to 20-25 % of your time, and the grass clippings, left on the lawn, will recycle nutrients, such as nitrogen, back into the soil.