Early winter blast halts leaf recycling program

(Boise) – Winters cold breath and snow arrived early in Boise, freezing the Recycle the Fall leaf collection program in its tracks. The 2010 curbside leaf collection program was on track to break records. But late falling leaves are either still frozen on the trees or trapped under snow and ice.

While the curbside leaf program – Recycle the Fall – is over residents still have several leaf disposal options. The best alternative is to set out leaves in paper bags with Christmas trees, December 27 – January 7, 2011. Leaves will be reused and residents need to follow the Recycle the Fall collection guidelines (below).

If residents want to get rid of leaves before December 27th, place leaves in trash carts or in 32-gallon trash cans with overflow stickers for regular trash collection. Also, Leaf drop off containers will remain at Cassia and Elm Grove parks until December 16, leaves can be dropped off at the Allied Waste Transfer Station (4485 S. Curtis Rd.) until December 17th and the Ada County Hidden Hollow Landfill will accept leaves until December 17th.

Curbside leaf collection guidelines from December 27th through January 7th:
Leaves and yard trimmings must be in large paper leaf bags
Bags of leaves should be left open
Set out on your regular trash day (collected between 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)
Cluster bags at the curb at least three-feet away from your trash cart
Garden plants, small-diameter shrub trimmings and small amounts of grass are okay
Yard waste set out in regular plastic bags or boxes will not be collected.  Yard waste in trash cans will need an overflow sticker.

For more information, visit www.curbitboise.org. Please feel free to call Vince Trimboli at 949-3712 for more information over the weekend.

Vince Trimboli
Community Relations Supervisor
City of Boise Public Works
150 N. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, Idaho 83701
(208) 384-3927 (w)
(208) 949-3712 (c)

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