This is why the city has announced a special five-week leaf collection period Oct. 24 through Nov. 29.
During this time, residents can put leaves into plastic bags instead of the usually required paper bags for yard waste.
“Plastic bags cannot go into recycling efforts whereas paper bags can, but since we know there will be so many leaves this time of year, we negotiated this special pickup period during which plastic bags can be used,” Safety-Service Director Jeff Armbruster said.
The extended leaf pick-up was arranged for as part of a five-year contract negotiated in 2009 between city officials and Allied Waste Services. That pact introduced a new trash collection system that began this past spring in which more than 11,000 households received 95-gallon plastic trash containers and smaller 65-gallon green containers for recyclables.
Trash and recyclables are picked up every Monday and Tuesday by a series of automated trucks.
Leaves will be picked up on normal collection days, Armbruster said.
Residents may still continue to use paper bags for leaves.
Another reason why the city pushed for the use of plastic bags during the special leaf collection period was that they are cheaper to buy than paper bags.
“People were telling us they had so many leaves that they couldn’t buy paper bags big enough to put all their leaves in,” Armbruster said. “They had always used plastic in the past, and wanted the opportunity to use plastic again and Allied agreed to do that.”
Armbruster said leaves and other yard waste should not be placed into the trash or recycle bins. Residents are also reminded not to rake leaves into ditches where they can become clogged, freeze in cold temperatures, and eventually lead to water backing up or flooding.
“Some people who might have done this previously are now feeling some pressure not to,” Armbruster said. “It’s not being a good neighbor and besides, it can back up and cause problems for the person doing it.”
Anyone with questions is asked to call City Hall at (440) 353-0819.
Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.