Posted: 11:07 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Leaf collection to start soon


Leaf collection to start soon photo
Greg Thompson fills up the bed of his pick-up truck with leaves collected from the property he rents at the corner of Isabella and Broadway. “Look at these trees,” he says. “This is just the first batch.” Barbara J. Perenic/Springfield News-Sun

By Mark Fahey

As the weather changes and leaves fall in yards across the city, Springfield will start its bagged leaf collection earlier this year.

The pick-up will take place for city residents on Nov. 10 and Dec. 1, starting at 6 a.m. and going until all bags have been removed. Leaves must be bagged and set at the curb.

The first collection date is a week earlier than normal to accommodate what may be an earlier falling of leaves this year and to spread out the bulk of the pick-up between the two dates.

Two companies submitted bids for the collection and disposal of bagged leaves this year. Waste Management of Ohio beat out Rumpke of Ohio with the winning bid of more than $51,500, nearly $16,000 less than the competing proposal.

The bid is about $1,500 more than last year’s contract, although the cost hasn’t changed much from year to year and previously had declined slightly for a few years, said Chris Moore, city service director. In 2011, 833 cubic yards of bagged leaves were picked up.

New Carlisle will offer loose leaf pick-up this fall and its crews will serve different sections of the city in different weeks, starting the week of Oct. 22 and going until the week of Dec. 10. A map and list of pick up dates will be available on the city website,, City Manager Kim Jones said.

Residents should rake leaves into the street and pile them two feet from the curb no sooner than one week prior to the scheduled pick-up date for their area. Leaves may also be dropped off behind the building at 600 W. Madison St. until Dec 22.

Springfield Twp. will also do a loose leaf pick-up starting Oct. 22 and running until about Dec. 21. Three crews will follow a continuous route during that period, costing the township an estimated $54,000, said Jeff Briner, township administrator.

Residents should avoid including foreign items like rocks or sticks in leaf piles, as they could damage leaf collection machines, said Jones and Briner.


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