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Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9:21 am
Alice Dreger

The City had planned to do more bulk leaf collection west of Abbot Road this Monday through Wednesday (November 23-25), but rescheduling will be necessary if the snow remains on Monday, according to Ron Lacasse, Infrastructure Administrator for the City. That’s not only because snow and cold temperatures cause problem for the collection equipment but because some of the equipment used for leaf collection is the same as that used for snow removal, according to Lacasse.

Part of the challenge for the City this year has been that the leaves were late to drop—which meant having to extend the collection schedule—and then the snow came before leaf collection could be finished.

We’ll bring you more information about the leaf collection schedule when we have it. Meanwhile, a reader asked us to find out the answer to this question:

"Do you know why West Side [west of Abbot Road] gets more yard waste [bulk leaf] collection days and they get an extension? I'm on the East Side and it doesn't make sense to me why they get more days and longer collection period. Is it because I'm in a primarily student area and west side is homeowners? I just can't understand how leaves fall different in the west side vs the east side?”

According to Lacasse:

“I appreciate you forwarding this concern to me….Since we started the program on the west side [this year], the [planned] final collection week was earlier than on the east side. There were enough leaves remaining on the trees on the west side during the [originally planned] final collection week that we felt we had to take the risk and extend the dates. Had we started the program on the east side this year, the extension would be on that side.” 

Says Lacasse, “As with every year, we will collect leaves in individual areas after the published dates as our schedule and weather allows.”

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