In an effort to reduce litter being scattered, starting this Saturday the Department of Community Services will initiate a two-level high-winds declaration system to delay or cancel refuse/recycling collection when local forecasts call for high-wind speeds or sustained wind gusts, the township said Thursday.

When there is such an advisory  residents will have to refrain from putting trash and recycling to the curb until 6 a.m. on the day of collection. DCS will begin pick-up service at 7:30 a.m. to give residents sufficient time in the morning to bring their refuse/recycling out to the curb.

A severe-winds advisory will cancel refuse/recycling collection and containers shouldn’t be placed at the curb.

High/severe winds declaration notices will go out via the Montclair Events and Township Services, or METS, alert system. They will also  be posted on the township website,, and Facebook page, the TV34 crawl and tweeted.

In addition, Remyndr, Montclair’s collection notification app, will send an alert to subscribers to let them know they need to delay bringing refuse/recycling to the curb or that next day collection service will be canceled.

“The township continues its efforts to keep our neighborhoods litter-free and the new high/severe winds declaration measure will help reduce the amount of garbage and recyclable materials strewn on roadways, sidewalks and lawns,” the township said in a press release.