Loose-leaf collection begins in October

Loose-leaf collection begins

             NEWTON, NC (October 1, 2012) – Autumn is here and the leaves are beginning to fall. The City of Newton offers curbside loose-leaf collection, which helps citizens to properly dispose of the leaves while ensuring that storm drains do not get clogged. Leaf collection is scheduled to begin during the third week of October and is expected to end in mid-January.

        Loose-leaf collection routes have changed this year. The City will have two trucks operating this leaf season, with a dedicated truck to serve all residents north of Hwy. 10, all residents south of Hwy. 10, and all residents in the Startown area. The trucks will vacuum leaves throughout the entire area until complete, and will then restart at the beginning of the route, and continue that process until leaf season is over. City staff anticipates that it will take several weeks to complete a route.

       Beginning 2013 the leaves collected during the leaf season will be composted and sold for $10 a scoop at the City compost facility on Boston Road in Newton as soon as the compost reaches the temperatures required by NCDENR.

       Residents are asked to ensure that tree limbs, sticks, metal, etc. are removed from the leaf piles. Yard debris (other than leaves) will clog or damage the machine, slowing down the process. Also, please keep leaves out of the roadway by raking them behind the curb. Leaves should be placed in the utility strip adjoining your property. Leaves placed behind the sidewalk or in ditches will not be collected. Please note that the vacuum truck cannot reach leaves that are raked beside parked cars.

       For more information, contact the Newton Public Works & Utilities Department at 828-695-4310.