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The Township’s Public Works Department is responsible forplowing and salting the roads in Upper Moreland Township. Salting begins on primary highways as soon assnow or freezing rain starts to fall.
Plowing begins after3-4 inches of snow accumulation. Afterprimary routes are clear, plows/salt trucks proceed to dedicated secondaryroutes.
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A 95 gallon recycling containers will be provided by the Township and will be distributed to each property currently receiving recycling collection by the Township’s Public Works Department. These new containers will be the only acceptable container to place your recycling materials in for collection and are not to be used for yard waste collection or the disposal of any other items. All recycling materials must be placed in the new container: boxes or other containers may no longer be used to dispose of recycling materials. Boxes must be broken down and placed in the new containers. The containers should be placed at the curb and away from parked cars with the arrows facing the street.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL RECYCLING MATERIALS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF YARD WASTE) MUST BE PLACED IN THE RECYCLING CONTAINER PROVIDED BY THE TOWNSHIP. YOU CAN NO LONGER SET OUT CARDBOARD BOXES OR OTHER CONTAINERS SEPARATELY.
The new recycling containers have been purchased with a $350,000 grant obtained by the Township from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Automated recycling will allow for both a more efficient collection process and one that is safer for the Township’s workforce.
Glass, Can, Plastic and Paper Recycling: Unbroken glass bottles, clean aluminum and tin cans and #’s 1 thru 7 plastics, newspapers, computer paper, brown bags, magazines, junk mail, office paper, phone books, paperboard cartons or boxes (not wax lined), including those from beverages, six packs and those used to hold pizza or other fast food items may be mixed together and placed curbside in the recycling containers that are provided by the Township. NO OTHER CONTAINERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. No trash, cigarettes, or food/drink residue should be in bottles. No plate glass, light bulbs, mirrors, or broken glass is included in recycling (put in regular trash). Cans which contained paint, fuel, aerosol spray, oil or other hazardous materials cannot be collected. EXCLUDED: Styrofoam (includes egg cartons, clamshell containers, plates, cups and meat trays, packing peanuts), plastic films or bags, PVC pipes, CD/DVDs, coffee cup lids, straws, plastic cutlery, plastic 6-pack rings, waxed paper, waxed cardboard, coat hangers.
The Township hopes the transition to automated recycling will be a smooth one and the staff will work with residents to address any questions or concerns you may have during the changeover. Please direct your questions to the Public Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-659-4070
If a snow emergency has been declared, it will be posted onthe Township Website: www.uppermoreland.org as well as on Comcast Channel 965and Verizon Channel 41. If a snowemergency is declared, all vehicles must be removed from snow emergency routesuntil the emergency is lifted. Street signs are posted on those roadsdesignated as snow emergency routes. When a snow emergency is declared, it is done with your safety inmind. To make sure emergency vehiclescan reach people in need, snow emergency routes must be cleared of parked cars,and vehicles on the roadways need snow tires or chains. To prevent the need for people to walk in thestreet, sidewalks must be shoveled quickly.
A complete list of the Snow Emergency Routes can be found by clicking here
Under Township Ordinance No. 1569, §290-1, Paragraphs A& B, The owner or tenant of any tract of land upon which is erected anindustrial, commercial or business structure or building which tract of landabuts or borders upon the sidewalk of any public street, avenue or highway inthe Township of Upper Moreland shall remove the snow and ice from such sidewalkor sidewalks bordering said land by clearing a path of minimum width of fourfeet no later than the end of the first full business day after the day duringwhich the snow, sleet or freezing rain has ceased to fall. Where ice or snow isfrozen on the sidewalk or ice forms on the sidewalk from melting snow or anyother source, it shall be removed or covered with sand or salt. For the purposeof this section, a business day shall be the hours from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Monday through Saturday, except holidays. In the removal of snow and icemandated by this section, the owner or tenant shall not place or permit same tobe placed in or upon any adjoining property or private street withoutpermission or any abutting public street, avenue or highway. The property owneror tenant shall be presumed to be responsible for any snow or ice found in theroadway abutting his property
No. Upper Moreland Township Ordinance No. 1569, §290-3states that no person shall plow, dump or deposit any snow or ice being removedfrom any driveway or parking area onto any public street or highway or anypublic sidewalk. The property owner or occupier of the property from which suchsnow or ice is removed and which is plowed, dumped or deposited onto any publicstreet or highway or any public sidewalk shall be presumed to be responsiblefor any snow and ice found to have been plowed, dumped or deposited onto anypublic street or highway or any public sidewalk.
Under Township Ordinance 1569, §290-2, Paragraphs A & B,The owner or tenant of residentially improved land or of vacant land abuttingor bordering upon the sidewalk of any public street, avenue or highway in theTownship of Upper Moreland shall remove all snow and ice from such sidewalk orsidewalks bordering said land within 48 hours after the snow, sleet or freezingrain shall cease to fall. Where ice or snow is frozen on the sidewalk or iceforms on the sidewalk from melting snow or any other source, it shall beremoved or covered with sand or salt. In the removal of snow and ice mandatedby this section, the owner or tenant shall not place or permit same to beplaced in or upon any adjoining property or private street without permissionor any abutting public street, avenue or highway. The property owner or tenantshall be presumed to be responsible for any snow or ice found in the roadwayabutting his property.
The abutting property owner is responsible to clean thehandicapped ramp to make safe passage to the roadway pavement.
For a resident this can be quite annoying, but unfortunatelyit cannot be helped. The snow must, atminimum, be removed from the traveled portion of the road but our plow driversare requested to plow curb to curb where possible. When the Township receives a heavy snowfall,if possible, do not shovel your driveway until after the plow has gone by. If you must shovel do not throw the snow outinto the roadway as it is against Township Code. In addition you may create a hazard foranother vehicle, and if an accident were to occur you might be held liable.
The POTENTIAL for a medical emergency does not warrantpriority treatment. Anyone needing anambulance in a medical emergency should contact 911 where all necessary stepswill be coordinated.
The Township does not clean driveways for two (2) reasons:
1. There are thousandsof driveways in the Township. The taskto complete and the cost to clean all thedriveways each snow event would be insurmountable.
2. Theliability to the Township for damage to the driveway approaches is costprohibitive.
The plows are designed to ride on “guides” (shoes) thatraise the blade approximately 3/8 inch from the surface of the roadway. This is done to prevent damage to both the vehicleand infrastructure from raised manholes, catch basins or water valves. When plowing, our goal is to make residentialstreets passable; not to clear them to the bare pavement. Once the street has been plowed and salted,the interaction of the salt and vehicular traffic is required to melt theremaining snow cover. Streets with lowtraffic volumes will therefore remain snow covered longer.
The Township must remove the snow from the traveled portionof the road. On two-way streets wherethere is only parking on one side, the plow operator cannot push the snow awayfrom the parked cars into on-coming traffic. When heavy snowfalls arepredicted, residents are asked where possible not to park on the roads. This is done to reduce the chance of plowingin parked vehicles, eliminating the chance of damaging vehicles and allowingfor a more efficient plowing operation. If your street permits parking on oneside only, park vehicles on the “even” and “odd” numbered side of the steetdepending on the year. For example, in2017 park cars on the ODD numbered side; and in 2018, park cars on the EVENnumbered side.
No. Piling the snowin the middle of the circle will not get the cul-de-sac removed any quicker andwill lead to icy patches when the snow melts during the day and refreezes astemperatures drop overnight. It will also create a hazardous condition when theTownship plows come through in subsequent storms as the drivers cannot see ifchildren are playing in the snow pile.
Contact the Public Works Department at 215-659-4070.
To avoid having to shovel out your driveway more than once after a storm, follow these tips:
To report potholes on State Roads call Penn Dot Pothole Repair at: 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).
State Roads are: York Road, Moreland Road, Edgehill Road, Blair Mill Road, Byberry Road, Warminster Road (from Byberry Rd. to York Rd.), Fitzwatertown Road, Davisville Road, Terwood Road, Easton Road, Mill Road, County Line Road.
To report potholes on County Roads call Montgomery County at: 610-292-5022.
County Roads: Horsham Road (from 611 to Continental).
To report potholes or other hazardous conditions on local area roads call the Public Works Department at 215-659-4070.
Please refer to 2018 Leaf Vacuum Schedule.
If you are unsure of your zone, please refer to 2017 Leaf Vacuum Schedule. If you are still unsure, contact the Public Works Department at 215-659-4070.
Only leaves can be raked to the curb. All other yard waste should be put in biodegradable bags, or sticks and branches should be tied and put to the curb for Monday's yard waste pick up.
The Public Works Department makes three passes in each Zone. For a complete list please see 2017 Leaf Vacuum Schedule.
Please rake your leaves to the curb. Do not rake leaves into the street.
Yes, the Public Works Department picks up bagged yard waste all year round.
Public Works will make every effort to pick up leaves within reach but will not go near the car. Whenever possible, please be sure cars are removed from the vicinity of the piles until your street has been vacuumed.
Put them in biodegradable bags and put them out for Monday's yard waste pick up.
No, changes to the yard waste schedule are due to holiday scheduling and do not affect the leaf vacuum schedule.
The Public Works Department continues to pick up yard waste in biodegradable bags all year round.
Brown, biodegradable yard waste bags can be purchased at most stores.
No, only brown biodegradable bags are permitted.
Other than a sofa bed, these items can go out with your regular trash. A sofa bed does require a permit. Permits can be obtained from the Receptionist at the Township Building (117 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The cost for a permit for a sofa bed is $30.00. The mattress for the sofa bed can be put in your regular trash.
Once dried up, latex (water based paint) can be put out with your regular trash. You can use kitty litter, sand or a product called paint dry. The cans can then be place out alongside your trash cans with the lids off.
Trash containers that are no larger than a 50 gallon capacity with removable lids are purchased by the homeowner. Trash cans can be purchased from any home improvement/hardware store. The Township will provide to each property, a 95 gallon recycling container. This recycling container is the only acceptable container for recycling.
Trash cans can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes or your local hardware or retail stores. Trash cans may not be more than 50 lbs. and no larger than a 50 gallon capacity. Containers must have removable lids.
To report a street light that is not working, call the Public Works Department at 215-659-4070.
The Upper Moreland-Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority provides sewer service to Upper Moreland Township. They can be reached at 215-659-3975.
AQUA provides water service to Upper Moreland Township. They can be reached at 1-877-987-2782.
Montgomery County holds several residential events for disposing of hazardous waste throughout the year. For more information please go to Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Events.
Electronics such as televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, VCR's, DVD players, stereos or anything of that nature require a permit. Permits can be obtained from the Receptionist at the Township Building. Once a permit is obtained, these items can be put to the curb on your regular trash day.
Single-stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed in a collection truck, instead of being sorted by the depositor. In single-stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility (MRF). The single-stream option replaces the dual-stream option, which is where people separate certain recyclable materials and place them in separate containers for collection.
Yes, with the new automated recycling ALL recycling (glass, cans, plastic, paper and cardboard) must be in the 95 gallon container that is provided by the Township.
No. You will still need to purchase a permit for E-Waste items and Bulk items.