The City Street Division is once again providing leaf recycling options to the community. In the next few weeks, street sweepers will begin working city roads to eliminate excess leaf build-up in streets and prevent the clogging of stormwater inlets, which can cause flooding and adversely impact water quality. This proactive effort helps prevent more costly emergency maintenance if drains get clogged.
Residents can help maintain the crucial operations of our City’s stormwater drainage system by properly disposing of fall leaves. Citizens are reminded to not rake or blow leaves and other yard debris into the street or storm drains. Doing so is a violation of City Code and can result in fines.
One alternative option is to mulch leaves with a mulching blade and use as compost in your yard to enrich the soil. Or, take your leaves to one of the city’s drop off locations to be turned into compost. Two drop-off locations will be available to recycle leaves.
Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10
Recycle Yard at Hancock (1845 S. Hancock Expressway)
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 19 – November 30
Hancock Salt Shed (1202 E. Caramillo St.)
Staffed Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If leaves are brought in plastic bags, the bags will need to be emptied and taken with the resident. Hazardous materials, plastics, branches and other items are not allowed. Leaves will be taken to the City Street Division’s recycle yard and turned into compost, which is given away free to residents each spring.
Rocky Top Resources (1755 East Las Vegas Street) also takes leaves for recycling (residential only) on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recycling is free with a canned good donation for Care and Share.
Composting is a good option for leaves and yard debris because according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it is a form of recycling that prevents filling our landfills, helps prevent pollution, enriches soils and reduces the production of methane gas.
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