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The second and final leaf collection in Newtown Township for 2023 has started as of Monday, November 27th. Residents are reminded to have their leaf piles out and ready for collection by Monday morning. As a reminder, the date to have your leaves out are as follows:
Even with 4 trucks working, it normally takes the entire week to collect all of the leaf piles from each zone. Be sure to have your leaves out on time, as if you put your leaves out after we collect from your street it is unlikely we will be able to get back again as the next day it is someone else's turn to have theirs collected - and if you miss the pickup time you will be responsible to dispose of your leaves.
You can find plenty of information, a schedule and map as well as the daily pickup report on the Public Works Leaf Collection Page.
Know that some of the biggest challenges this year - as in previous years - occur when leaf piles are blocked by vehicles and also when material is hidden within the leaf piles (like branches and stones which damage the leaf collection equipment). Residents are also reminded that leaves are never to be placed in the street itself but must remain behind the curb. Leaves in the street can create a safety concern. The homeowner is responsible for making sure this does not happen - even if they have a landscaper assisting them.
Finally, remember that Public Works will also take bagged leaves at the drop-off location in the Public Works yard. The Leaf Collection Page has additional information on this service.
Previous Message from 10/23/23:
Newtown Township started its annual leaf collection on Monday, October 23, 2023.
The published schedule, map, streets listing and instructions which were mailed to each home in the Newtown Township summer newsletter can also be found on the Public Works Leaf Collection Page of the Newtown Township Website.
For leaf collection, Newtown Township is divided into four "zones" which rotate each year for fairness to everyone. We collect from each location once before Thanksgiving and again once before Christmas. Leaves must be out on the first day of your collection week - then it normally takes a week for us to collect all the leaf piles from that zone. Be sure to have your leaves out by Monday morning of your scheduled week. See map below for the zones and dates this year.
However, leaves have been slow to fall from the trees this year and we realize that those who live in this year's Zone #1 have not had many leaves to rake up yet. In fact, Public Works went through Zone #1 in its entirety yesterday and had very few piles to collect. Therefore, Public Works will collect from Zone #1 again beginning Monday, October 30th. We will also collect from Zone #2 beginning October 30th as that was previously scheduled. After that adjustment for Zone #1, we anticipate the published schedule will be followed for the remainder of the season.
A daily collection update is posted on the Public Works Leaf Collection Page. If any additional schedule changes are necessary they will be posted there as well.
Last year 369 truckloads of leaves were collected - equaling approximately 2,200 tons of leaves. We anticipate similar numbers this year. That is a lot of material to keep out of the waste stream! It takes a long time to collect it all and Public Works thanks everyone for their help by following the schedule and instructions.