Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Trash Pickup on the Holiday

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


We at Masa U’Matan weekly notified the public last week that the Lakewood Township Department of Public Works lists Lincoln’s Birthday, which is Monday, February 12 as a holiday and that therefore people should put out their trash for pickup a day later than usual. However, we have been informed by several people that their Monday trash was actually picked up on Monday and that those who didn’t put it out as per our information will apparently lose the opportunity to have their bins emptied this week. We don’t know why the workers would come on a holiday or what the meaning of “holiday” is if you have to come to work as usual, but to be on the safe side everyone should put their trash out on their usual evening and not a day later.

Thank you for helping out the public in this matter.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good evening. Public works pushes pickup back a day with holidays including today’s. However we have crews in even on holidays and they will pick up the cans of anyone who has trash out. Do not worry they will do the entire route tomorrow. Your cans will be picked up. This also goes for the rest of the weeks pickups for other zones.

Sorry for the confusion.



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  1. Thank you for posting this question so fast. I did not put out my garbage cans today, Tuesday, for the same reason. I thought i would have to wait till next week. Now, i see can put it out tonight!

  2. Why is the township wasting money having workers come in on holidays and run a full route picking up a few cans, wasting gas too? If you think you need to minimize the load for the next day – just tell everyone to put out their cans on holidays and whatever they get to – good. Having them run the full route picking up a few cans on a block is a waste of gas.

  3. I, too used to post trash pick up delays to my neighborhood. I stopped when I noted that the trash is often picked up on a holiday. The staff who pick up the phones at public works do not even know whether there will be an extra crew sent out.
    It wastes gas and PARKING SPACES!
    I wonder why they can’t post the info the same way they post the car seat check or police weather alerts.

  4. my regular garbage was not picked on Wednesday although my yellow cans were picked up.

    Comment: This seems very odd. i have neve seen any gardage picked on a Holiday in my 27 years here. Plus, why would the townsip pay OT or Holiday pay for somethingh that should be done tomorrow?

  5. My question is, why does Lakewood DPW get so many holidays? Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday were put together to be observed as President’s Day in order to stop all these days off every other week. It’s bad enough they probably already have off MLK day in middle of January. Enough is enough. They’re getting paid to work, let them work!

  6. The problem is they came for the recycling on the earlier wrong day, but no they didn’t return the next day when we are told to put it out to take the recycling. So it all ends in a bunch of confusion. Just put it out early and leave it out for 2 days.

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