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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Town to Begin Curbside Leaf Pickups Starting Monday

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards has announced that Westport will conduct its annual curbside leaf collection program beginning Monday through Dec. 1. 

“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department,” said Edwards.  “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up. The compost process can not handle plastic bags.” 

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway. 

Public Works crew will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period. A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 1 and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 1 will be collected, Edwards said.

He said the town requests that homeowners consider the feasibility of backyard composting and suggests that they contact the Conservation Department (341-1170) or Earthplace (227-7253) for relevant information. 

“The ease and cost savings of backyard composting provides a viable alternative to either carting the leaves to the Town Yard Waste Site or filling of paper bags for the Town’s curbside pickup,” he said.

Residents whose car displays a valid WP sticker may deliver their leaves directly to the yard waste site located at 180 Bayberry Lane. If they are transported in plastic bags, the resident must empty the bags prior to disposal. 

The yard waste site is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  From Saturday through Dec. 6, Saturday hours at the yard waste site will be extended until 3 p.m.

Residents whose vans, pickups or tag-along trailers display a valid sticker may deliver up to six - 30 gallon bags or containers full of leaves without a fee. 

A van, pickup or tag-along trailer exceeding the six-bag limit will be charged $30 per load. Any vehicle or trailer larger than a conventional pickup with a 4-foot-by-8-foot bed will be charged $80 per ton.

Dump tickets to cover the cost of the disposal fee must be purchased at Town Hall, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or by mail to: Department of Public Works, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

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