In Greenwich, leaf collection is to be provided to all properties on public streets only in building zones R-20 (half acre) and below.
The leaf collection program is conducted for a 6-8 week period from mid November to mid December, and may be adjusted at the discretion of the Town in the event of adverse weather conditions.
Weather permitting, the Town will provide two collections per numeric section during the program.
When a section has received its second collection, all material placed thereafter is in violation of the state’s Nuisances on Highways statute and residents are required to remove it themselves.
On average, the town removes over 30,000 cubic yards of leaves a year.
Residents in the collection areas are to rake leaves only into piles at the shoulder, off the pavement of the road.
Residents are requested to avoid raking leaves onto the pavement, sidewalks, catch basin grates and open channels, which cause drainage and flooding problems during periods of rain. Sticks, branches and garden refuse will not be collected.
To help keep leaves under control,the Town encourages residents to place leaves in biodegradable paper bags and place them for collection at the curb.
No plastic bags of leaves will be collected.
The Town also encourages residents to mulch their own leaves and leave them in place, where appropriate. Residents have reported this has improved their lawns and it reduces the environmental footprint associated with collection, hauling and composting elsewhere.
Much helpful information is available on this approach at Love Em and Leave Em.
The town recommends that residents stay ahead by raking early and frequently.