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Announcing the New Loose Leaf Collection Schedule
Each fall, the City of Lynchburg conducts a citywide Leaf Collection Program to assist residents with the disposal of leaves. This year, in an effort to improve the leaf
collection process, the Lynchburg Public Works department is piloting a new schedule for leaf collection.
The pilot gives residents an idea when they can expect to have leaves collected in their ward. The new program is based on historical data and crew experience. “In the past we have conducted leaf collection on a citywide basis,” said Public Work Director Gaynelle Hart. “That meant that we would deploy trucks in all wards during the same time period. Due to the difference in leaf volume and the size of the wards, it was difficult to keep up and citizens would be frustrated.”
The new pilot program will have all trucks in one ward at a time over a two week period. After the two week period, crews will move to the next ward. The wards were scheduled based on data from previous collections and the size of the ward.
Public Works crews began this season’s leaf collection with a three-week sweep throughout the city on October 29. Once the city-wide sweep is complete, crews will begin leaf collection on the following schedule:
- Ward I - November 19 – November 30
- Ward IV - December 1 – December 11
- Ward III - December 12 – December 21
- Ward II - December 26 – January 4
Mother Nature decides when the leaves fall each year—sometimes, the leaves drop all at once; other times the leaves drop early in the season and sometimes late in the season. Although every effort is made to collect leaves as quickly as possible, it may take longer for crews to complete a route during the period of heaviest leaf fall.
Residents are asked to remember that inclement weather could delay the schedule. Adverse weather such as heavy rain, cold weather or snow can disrupt collection efforts as well. Extremely cold weather can cause leaves to freeze in piles that must be broken up manually. Snowfall during leaf collection season requires the breakdown of leaf machines for use with snow removal equipment which is a time consuming task. The City’s leaf collection staff also performs snow removal; therefore, schedule delays can be expected when snow/ice storms are predicted.
Residents are also reminded that leaves may be bagged and set out with their regular trash; however, pre-paid blue trash bags must be used. Leaves may also be taken to the Regional Landfill located at Concord Turnpike. There is no charge for the disposal of leaves at the landfill and they should not be placed in a pre-paid blue bag.