Leaf collection begins Oct. 30
MIDDLETOWN — The city will begin its curbside fall leaf collection program at the end of this month.
During this period, bulky waste collection in all areas of the city, except the sanitation district, will be suspended from mid-October to March 2018, according to a press release. Brush collection, unless storm-related, and wood-chip delivery will also be on hiatus.
Fall curbside bulk-waste collections must be paid for by Oct. 20, and pickups will resume in March, weather permitting.
Residents should rake their leaves to the curb or bag them in biodegradable paper bags for collection, which will begin Oct. 30. Plastic bags will not be picked up, officials say. Leaves must be kept separate from brush, grass and rubbish and only leaves will accepted. Public Works Department crews will be working over the next two months to pick up the leaves with vacuum trucks. They will be brought to a central location for composting.
Officials warn residents not to rake leaves into the street, because they may pose a danger to children playing in the piles. Leaves in the street can also clog catch basins and cause flooding. Leaves can also be brought directly to the recycling center on the corner of North Main and Johnson streets, which is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every Saturday through November, from 7 a.m. until noon.
The city encourages individuals to consider backyard composting, which creates a rich soil that can be used in gardens, flower beds and houseplants.
For information on composting, contact City Recycling Coordinator Kim O’Rourke at 860-638-4855.
Fall is leaf-raking time in New England.