Leaf Collection Underway

We are excited to debut the leaf vacuum next week! This is a new initiative for both our residents and staff, so we kindly ask for your patience as we work through any potential issues.

We understand that some people may not know we are starting this program and have already purchased leaf bags. While we prefer you rake leaves to the curb, crews will still collect paper bags of leaves during this transition to the vacuum program.

Here are the guidelines for the program:
  • Leaves must be placed approximately one foot away from the curb or edge of the road pavement in a row parallel to the curb or edge of the road pavement. (The row should not be higher than three feet or wider than four feet).
  • Leaves must not be placed within five feet of any parked vehicle, storm drain, or other obstacles.
  • Leaves also cannot be placed within the ramps of designated crosswalks.
  • Only leaves should be raked to the curb (no sticks, twigs, branches, other yard waste, trash, or other debris).
Leaf volume and weather uncertainties make it impossible to guarantee curbside leaf collection on a specific day. Public Works will be following the trash collection routes as a general guideline, but deviations may occur.

Many properties in the Borough only have backyards. There are several convenient options for moving your leaves from the back of the house to the front. If you happen to have a tarp, canvas cloth, or spare sheet, you can use it to transport your leaves. You can also place leaves into bags to get them to the curb. You can use and reuse any type of bag that suits your needs.

We've also had several people ask if they can still bring their leaves to the Compost Facility. Absolutely! 

It's also worth noting that you can just let your leaves be! Fallen leaves contribute to a healthy yard by returning nutrients to the soil, supporting soil life and microorganisms, preserving soil moisture, improving your lawn's root systems, reducing weeds, and minimizing stormwater runoff. They also create a habitat for earthworms, butterfly larvae, pollinators, and beneficial insects.

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