“Make no bones about it, last year was not one of our better years in terms of leaf pick up,” which he said applies to properties in the R-20 zone and smaller (1/2 an acre or less.)
At Thursday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Mr. Tesei said, “The Town tried changed the program last year to try to economize and do one pickup. In all candor they wound up having to do residual follow up.”
Tesei said that this year the Town will revert back to 2 pickups conducted over a 6-week to 8-week period from mid November to mid-December, which may be adjusted depending on weather conditions. He said that after the second pick up, all leaves placed thereafter is illegal.
He said that on average year the town collects over 30,000 cubic yards each year. Residents in the collection areas are requested to rake leaves only into piles on the shoulder off the pavement and the road.
Residents are requested to avoid raking leaves onto sidewalks, catch basins, crates and open channels, which cause drainage and flooding problems during periods of rain.
Mr. Tesei said sticks, branches and garden refuse will not be collected, but, as an alternative, residents may put their leaves inside biodegradable bags and place them at the curb. No plastic bags of debris will be collected.
24-our leaf scheduling information will be available on the leaf collection hotline (203) 618-7698
Leaf information on Town of Greenwich website here.