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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Newtown Township Leaf Collection Update

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Newtown Township is in its 4th week of collecting leaves.  So far, things have run smoothly.   

Leaf collection has taken place according to the schedule on the attached map, weather permitting.  At this point Public Works has visited every street when they were scheduled to.  The second round of collections will begin right after Thanksgiving.

We are aware that the warm weather has slowed the process of  trees dropping their leaves, and that the first pass of leaf collection has been lighter than most years.  This means that we expect a heavier second pass after Thanksgiving.  You may occasionally see trucks going back through areas they already went through once - do not panic!  We will still be back when scheduled after Thanksgiving.  Due to the lighter volume of leaves collected in the first pass we are hitting some of the earliest streets again when we can.  We will not be able to go to every area again, so plan to have your leaves ready for the 2nd official pickup by the following dates:

  • Zone 1 - November 29, 2021
  • Zone 2 - December 6, 2021
  • Zone 3 - December 13, 2021
  • Zone 4 - December 20, 2021

Remember to check the daily update report on the Public Works Leaf Collection Page to see where we have been and when, to see how you can drop off bagged leaves and read plenty of other leaf information.

A few reminders, based on issues we have been having this year:

  • All leaves must be to the curb before the date identified. We will then collect leaves in that zone until each street has been visited. Do not put your leaves out after the date identified as we may have already gone past your home. Once the scheduled collection times have passed, you will be responsible to dispose of your leaves. 
  • 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.  
  • 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 8 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!).

Once leaf collection season is completed, we will collect Christmas Trees from January 3, 2022 through January 14, 2022.

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