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Leaf collection program to begin this month in Munroe Falls

Published: October 9, 2016 12:00 AM

The Munroe Falls Leaf Collection Program will start Oct. 24 and go through Nov. 28.

In order for service crews to effectively and efficiently collect your leaves and stay on schedule, the city asks residents to follow these important guidelines.

Guidelines

Place leaves at the curb or roadside before 7 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled collection week. Pickup cannot be guaranteed after this time.

Rake leaves to the edge of the roadway or back of curb

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Avoid placing leaf piles near trees, signs, mailboxes, fire hydrants and streetlights.

Remove vehicles from the street during collection week. Leaves under and behind parked cars cannot be collected.

Do not include material such as trash, rocks, branches, twigs, brush or grass clippings. These items damage the leaf vacuum machine. Leaves will not be collected if they contain any of the above items.

The Munroe Falls Leaf Collection Program is intended only to collect leaves that have been properly bunched and placed at the curb at the roadway within the right-of-way for disposal during a six-week period. There is a very small window of opportunity to collect leaves from the time they fall until winter weather begins. Once the leaves are covered by snow or are frozen, the leaf vacuum machines can't collect them and crews must attend to snow removal operations.

Alternative Leaf Disposal

Utilize a mulching lawnmower and mulch leaves back into the lawn. This provides nutrients for the soil.

Place leaves in and around plant beds and under trees and shrubs, again providing nutrients for the soil and plants plus insulation that keeps in water.

Bag leaves and lawn clippings and put in with your trash cart for regular pick-up. This may actually assist in the breakdown of materials in landfills.

The community is divided into four residential zones. Zones 1 and 2 are north of the Cuyahoga River. Zones 3 and 4 are south of the Cuyahoga River.

Residents can look for the schedule with their October water bill, on the city's website or pick up at city hall. The city is looking to hire for the seasonal leaf pickup program; call City Hall at 330-688-7491 for more information.


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