News, Notices, and Announcements

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Fall Brush Collection

Fall brush collection will begin the week of October 4th through the week of October 25th. While there is no fee for this service, we require that you sign up for collection in order to more efficiently schedule pick-ups.
Please download the signup form here.
View the Street Map to determine your specific pick-up week here. (Pickups will be only on the week specified for that street.)

Return application by mail or in person to:
Andover Township
Attn: Brush Pick Up
134 Newton Sparta Road
Newton, NJ 07860

Please note the following: Brush, including, but not limited to, all branches and bulky tree limbs will be collected by the Department of Public Works once in the month of April and once in the month of October, weather permitting, if deposited in ONE 4’x4’x6’ pile PER HOUSEHOLD, with cut ends facing the road placed at the street curb, if one exists. However, if a curb does not exist, the brush shall be deposited in ONE 4’x4’x6’ pile PER HOUSEHOLD, with cut ends facing the road, placed near the street pavement but not on the street pavement itself. In no event shall the brush be placed closer than ten (10) feet from any storm drain inlet. The following items will NOT be collected: leaves, grass clippings, vines, bamboo, bedding plants, stumps, tall landscape grasses or anything containing thorns.

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Leaf Collection

Beginning on or about November 1st through November 30th, leaf collection will take place provided the following:
Leaves must be placed curbside in biodegradable bags ONLY. We will not pick up anything other than leaves (rocks, sticks, brush or trash is prohibited). There is no scheduling required. Our Road Department will be picking up all month long, as time permits.

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Early Voting 2021

This year, for the first time, New Jersey voters will have the option to vote early on voting machines at "Vote Centers" in their county. The three sites designated as Vote Centers in Sussex County are:

  1. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta, County Building see map
  2. Sussex-Wantage Branch Library, Wantage, see map
  3. Louise Childs Branch Library, Hopatcong, see map

The Early Voting period for the November 2, 2021 General Election is October 23 thru October 31, with the following hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registered voters will receive a Sample Ballot in the mail 1-2 weeks before Election Day, which will provide address information for the Vote Centers, as well as voting hours.

NOTE! Voters who are scheduled to receive mail-in ballots will not be able to vote using a voting machine unless they first opt out of vote-by-mail.

Questions about polling sites and/or hours should be directed to the Sussex County Board of Elections.

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Paper Shredding Event

Saturday, November 20 from 9 AM to Noon at the Andover Township Municipal Building
Piles of papers and old documents cluttering your home? Bring them to the Community Paper Shredding Event and have them destroyed safely and securely by SK Paper Shred. Free. Service is for Andover residents only. Sponsored by Andover Township Clean Communities. For questions please call 973-383-4280 extension 324.

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Andover Township Named One of Safest Small Towns in America — Again!

For the second year in a row Andover Township has been named one of the top 100 safest small towns in America. This year Andover was ranked #48, up from #69 in last year's list. SafeWise recently released its annual Safest Small Towns in America 2021 report, which can read here:

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Bridge Over Pequest River on Rt. 206 — Virtual Public Information

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will hold a Virtual Public Information Center (PIC) to provide local residents and businesses with information on the Route 206, Bridge over Branch of Pequest River Project. Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Public Information Center will be conducted virtually at this website: The deadline to submit comments was October 10. To learn more, click here for the project flyer.

Cannabis Cultivation

The Mayor and Township Committee of Andover Township, in response to the majority of New Jersey voters who approved a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana effective January 1, 2021, wish to explore opportunities to permit cannabis cultivation in certain locations within the Township.

The Township Committee recognizes that our landscape may provide well-suited locations for this type of cultivation. The Committee is working with the Planning Board, the Economic Development Committee, and professionals to locate sites within the Township that are conducive to this activity. Supporting this industry in Andover will create a tax ratable and economic benefit to the Township.

The Mayor and Township Committee are reaching out to businesses interested in obtaining a cannabis cultivation license from the State. The Township will soon be identifying specific areas where the Committee would endorse cannabis cultivation activity. In the meantime, the Governing Body wishes to advise the public and interested businesses that the Committee supports such activity within the Township. Of course, the location of these facilities is of critical interest to the citizens of Andover Township, as well as to the future success of the businesses.

Andover Township encourages parties with an interest in cannabis cultivation to contact the Township Administrator at so that the Township can provide you with a forthcoming ordinance and identification of sites where the Committee will permit and support the cultivation of cannabis.

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Protect Your Ash Trees

We are experiencing a widespread problem with our Ash trees. If left untreated, 99% of trees that are infested with the Emerald Ash Borer will die. For information on how to protect and treat our trees, please see the NJ Department of Agriculture website and the booklet Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer.

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Need Help Paying Your Energy Bill?

Financial Assistance Programs are Available.
Elizabethtown Gas has put together a fact sheet on available programs. See Fact Sheet. | See Elizabethtown Gas Energy Assistance page.

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Don't Put Plastic Bags in Your Curbside Recycling Bin

Plastic bags and wraps require a different collection system.
Please don't include them with your curbside pickup; take them to a grocery store that accepts clean and dry plastic bags.
Thank you. See flier.