Leaf col­lec­tion be­gins Oct. 30

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - By Press Staff

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.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

Fall is leaf-rak­ing time in New Eng­land.

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