Fall 2018 Leaf Col­lec­tion Pro­gram set to be­gin

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Bri­ana Con­tr­eras For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or ques­tions, call the Elyria Street De­part­ment at 440-3223129 or Safety Ser­vice Direc­tor Mary Si­wierka’s of­fice at 440-326-1420.

The city of Elyria’s Fall 2018 Leaf Col­lec­tion Pro­gram will take place from Oct. 22 to Dec. 1.

Leaves should be raked to the curb in piles, but not in the street, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Crews will cover the en­tire city and con­cen­trate first on ar­eas with ma­ture trees.

There is no set sched­ule for col­lec­tion, as weather con­di­tions, equip­ment and per­son­nel fluc­tu­ate day-to­day, the re­lease said.

No brush, twigs or other ma­te­ri­als should be mixed with the leaves, as these items may cause safety haz­ards and will clog the vac­uum equip­ment, slow­ing the col­lec­tion process, the re­lease said.

A spe­cial ser­vice will again be pro­vided this year if se­nior cit­i­zens are un­able to rake their leaves be­cause of an ill­ness or phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity.

Se­niors are el­i­gi­ble to sign up for a free rak­ing ser­vice by call­ing the Mayor’s Of­fice Leaf Pro­gram Hot­line at 440-326-1415 by Nov. 2, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

This ser­vice is be­ing made pos­si­ble through the gen­eros­ity of stu­dent vol­un­teers from Elyria High School and Elyria Catholic High School, the re­lease said.

Keenan Wil­liams, as­sis­tant man­ager of the Elyria Street De­part­ment, has worked with the schools to co­or­di­nate the ef­fort.

The first 50 se­nior cit­i­zens to sign up are el­i­gi­ble for the ser­vice, the re­lease said.

The city asks for res­i­dents’ pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing.

Re­gard­less of the weather, no leaves will be col­lected af­ter Dec. 1, the re­lease said.

Any leaves re­main­ing on the curb lawn af­ter Dec. 1 must be bagged in brown bags only and left with the weekly trash pick-up.

Free brown com­post bags are avail­able at the Mayor’s Of­fice or the Pub­lic Util­i­ties Of­fice, 131 Court St.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to dis­pose of their leaves at the Elyria Com­post Cen­ter, 45 Chest­nut St.

Barnes Nurs­ery man­ages the Com­post Cen­ter.

De­tails re­gard­ing the hours of op­er­a­tion and ser­vices can be found on the city’s web­site un­der the San­i­ta­tion De­part­ment at www.city­ofe­lyria.org.

Leaves col­lected by crews are com­posted and not dumped into area land­fills.

It’s en­cour­aged to re­mem­ber these im­por­tant safety tips: do not al­low chil­dren to play in the leaves near the street or curb; do not place branches or other de­bris in the leaf piles, be­cause do­ing so, may re­sult in the non col­lec­tion of leaves; and do not park ve­hi­cles on or near leaf piles.

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