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Newtown Township Leaf Collection 2020
Leaf Removal Information in light of COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected so many aspects of our lives. It is hard to imagine that something like our annual residential leaf collection could be affected too, but it has. That is not stopping Newtown Township from finding ways to provide this service to you…we just need everyone’s help to make it possible as we follow the necessary COVID-19 guidelines.
Leaves raked to the curb are collected by a team of 4 Public Works staff and 8 temporary leaf rakers who utilize 4 trucks and 4 tow-behind leaf collection trailers. This year needs to be handled differently than in the past, and the following information will help you prepare your leaves for pick-up this year.
The information on this page will help you prepare your leaves for pickup this year. This information is also included in a mailing that was sent to each property that we collect leaves from. Below are the three pieces included in that mailing:
- Letter to Residents
- 2020 Leaf Collection Informational Brochure
- 2020 Listing of Streets and Collection Dates
Again, the information can also be found on the page below.
Newtown Township Public Works collects leaves from residences each Fall. This service has been provided for many years – an environmental and recycling effort that makes Newtown proud.
COVID-19 has significantly affected so many things in all of our lives, and unfortunately, this includes Public Works’ capacity to collect leaves this year as we normally do, largely due to our ability to safely transport the 4 Public Works employees and 8 temporary leaf rakers while following COVID-19 guidelines. However, Newtown Township remains committed to providing this service and providing it well and in a way that is easy for you to take advantage of. The following explains how the 2020 leaf collection will be accomplished:
First, we will provide one traditional curb-side collection of leaves. However, there will only be ONE such pickup, unlike two in previous years. To compensate for the lack of a second collection window, Public Works is committing to collecting leaves on an EXACT date for each street within the Township. This exact date should enable you to plan well-ahead of time to schedule your leaf raking. The first collections will begin in November so as to allow the maximum number of leaves to have fallen before we begin. As we need workers to park one time and walk the entire collection route each day of the 5 week project, this process will ensure leaves are concentrated in each area when we say we will be there. The listing of streets and collection dates can be found here.
This year, we will also be providing an opportunity for residents to bag and drop off their leaves in paper biodegradable bags. They can be brought to the Public Works yard behind the Municipal Building (209 Bishop Hollow Road) at the times listed below. This may be beneficial for residents who have missed their collection day, or for those who had a few more leaves to dispose of. This can be done throughout the season and on the weekend before Christmas as well. The dates and times that this service is available are:
- Monday - Friday, November 9th thru December 11th from 8:00 am until 11:00 am
- Monday - Friday, December 14th thru December 18th from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm
- Saturday, December 19th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm
- Sunday, December 20th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm
Thank you for your efforts to properly dispose of your leaves and for your understanding as we face this leaf collection challenge in light of COVID-19. Thank you also to the majority of our residents who place their leaves out per the guidelines shared each year, follow the published schedule and are patient while we work our way through the Township. During our weeks of leaf collection, all we want to do is get the leaves picked up as quickly and as safely as possible. Other than unexpected winter weather, road work and other possible emergencies, leaf collection becomes one of Public Works' highest priorities.
Please rake your leaves into even piles at the edge of your property. They should be INSIDE of the sidewalk. If you have no sidewalk, they must be INSIDE the curb. Do not allow leaves to spill into the street – they can clog gutters and storm drains, and piles in the street can be unsafe. If you have a landscaper doing this, be sure they understand these instructions, as the property owner will be responsible if leaves are found blocking portions of the street.
Leaf collection will be picked up according to the Street Listing and Collection Dates listed here and below, weather permitting. All leaves must be to the curb by 7:00 am of the day your street is scheduled time for pickup. If you have a landscaper helping you with this, make sure they understand the schedule they need to work with. "My landscaper couldn't do it then" is an excuse we hear every year and is unfair to all of your neighbors and the community as a whole when we have to come back to an area we already went through. After we pass your street, it is some else's turn to have their leaves picked up. Don't let your landscaper put you in that position. Any changes or updates to the schedule will be posted here on the Township website. You are encouraged to check this schedule to see if any modifications have been made. We will also update the streets listing every night after collection have taken place.
Leaf collections do not take place on streets which have not yet been dedicated to the Township, as these streets remain the responsibility of the developer or private owners.
Thank you for your help and your patience as we collect approximately 9,000 yards of leaves each season. That is a lot of material being kept out of the waste stream!
2020 Leaf Collection Schedule
Click here to see the Street Listing and Collection Dates for each street in Newtown Township that we collect leaves from and the exact date that we expect to collect form that street.
While we will have only ONE curb-side pickup this year, we hope that providing you with an EXACT date we will be picking up your leaves will help so you can more easily schedule when to rake them to the curb and have them ready.
- Christmas Tree Collections take place throughout the Township January 4 - 15, 2021
We do not “skip” piles of leaves unless they are blocked by a vehicle or unless they are full of sticks or rocks. Those we cannot collect. Our leaf collection machines are essentially large vacuum cleaners - your vacuum cleaner at home cannot handle material it is not designed for without being damaged - the same is true for the leaf collection equipment - they are meant for leaves only.
Leaves mixed with grass trimmings, sticks, branches, rocks and wood will NOT be collected.
Public Works provides for collection of other yard wastes like sticks, Christmas Trees, etc. at other times of the year - during these 5 weeks we can only collect leaves with this equipment, so please do not put other material in your piles (and hiding them underneath some leaves does not mean the machine can magically take them!).
Keep Streets Clear
Numerous calls come in due to leaves being placed in the street and folks wanting us to come immediately to clear them. Leaves are never to be placed in the street. Placing them in the street causes a potential danger and is forbidden per Township Code - it can result in a visit from a Police Officer or Code Officer - it is not a way to get Public Works to come to your street quicker outside of the schedule! See Newtown Township General Code - Chapter 145 to see the possible penalties for placing leaves in the street.
Leaves must be behind the curb so the road is always passable by pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Plus, snow and ice removal takes far longer for us and then for you when the piles are on the street (hidden by snow) and wind up getting plowed back onto your yard.
In a similar vein, please keep stormwater inlets and gutters clear when it rains. While we do try to clear stormwater inlets as best we can when rain is expected, homeowners need to do their part to make sure water properly flows in the gutters and inlets in front of their properties too.
Remember that burning leaves, and any form of “open burning” is strictly prohibited in Newtown Township. See Newtown Township General Code - Chapter 145 to read the penalties associated with burning leaves.
If you see leaves being burned you should call 911.
Also, watch in your neighborhood for landscapers who may “dump” leaves from another location. It occasionally happens.
Landscapers or anyone who dump leaves from another location will face the possibility of fines. There is no dumping permitted in Newtown Township.
Are there any other ways I can get rid of my leaves?
This year, we will also be providing an opportunity for residents to bag and drop off their leaves in paper biodegradable bags at the Public Works yard, located behind the Municipal Building / Police Station / Library at 209 Bishop Hollow Road. This may be beneficial for residents who have missed their collection day, or for those who had a few more leaves to dispose of.
This bagged leaf drop-off is available ONLY to residents. It is NOT available to Commercial or Institutional properties, or to landscapers. Proof of residency will be required from those dropping off bags of leaves. Public Works will open the yard at the following times for bagged leaf drop-off:
Monday - Friday, November 9th thru December 11th from 8:00 am until 11:00 am
Monday - Friday, December 14th thru December 18th from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 19th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 20th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm