Leaf collection underway

NEWTON, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2015) – Autumn is here and the leaves are beginning to fall. The City of Newton offers curbside loose-leaf collection, which helps citizens dispose of their leaves while ensuring that storm drains remain unclogged. Leaf collection is scheduled to begin Oct. 26 and is expected to end Jan. 15.

LeavesThe city will have two trucks operating this leaf season. Collection will begin at the south end of the city and the two trucks will travel in a grid pattern. The trucks will vacuum leaves throughout the entire area until complete, will restart at the beginning of the route, and will continue that process until leaf season is over. City staff anticipates a route will require two weeks to complete.

Residents are asked to ensure that tree limbs, sticks and metal are removed from the leaf piles. Yard debris other than leaves will clog or damage the machine, slowing down the collection 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, call the Newton Public Works and Utilities Department at 828-695-4310.