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Old 11-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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How does your town pick up leaves?

Today I saw our leaves getting picked up by the township, I assumed they used a leaf sucker. Nope, they use a front end loader that scoops them up and then they put them in a trash truck! I thought this seemed odd.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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Mine uses what looks like a chipper with a vacuum on the side. They drive down the street and suck the leaves from the curb into the chipper that shoots the shredded leaves into the back of a covered dump truck.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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Mine uses what looks like a chipper with a vacuum on the side. They drive down the street and suck the leaves from the curb into the chipper that shoots the shredded leaves into the back of a covered dump truck.
That's what I thought it would be too. That seems a whole lot faster than what I watched my township do.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #4
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We bag them in plstic bags and they pick them up on yard waste day with the tree branches etc.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:20 PM   #5
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We don't have leaves to pick up.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:25 PM   #6
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Used to do them the same as the OP, but now have to bag them in recyling bags, and the town picks up.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:40 PM   #7
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Our town doesn't collect them. We bag them and either 1) bring them to the landfill which is about a 10 mt. car ride away - Sat. only or 2) pay our sanitation service to come pick them up. So far this season we've made a few trips to the landfill.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:01 PM   #8
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We pay for yard waste with our trash service. We put them in the recycle bags however the trash service does NOT recycle them. They go in the landfill. (found that out recently)
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:24 PM   #9
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Our town does nothing with the leaves. I mulch mine into the grass as do most of my neighbors... no clue what others do with their leaves.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:50 PM   #10
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We live in a rural county, so there's no leaf pickup. We mulch what we can with the lawn tractor, then rake the rest into the woods.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:56 PM   #11
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Our town requires that the leaves be in plastic leaf bags. They pick up the bags and haul them to the dump.

The next town over requires that you rake your leaves to the curb and then they use a backhoe that puts them into a dumptruck. People end up with about half their leaves still on their lawn. And all over the street, which creates a wet and slippery mess. Seems stupid and dangerous.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #12
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Same as the OP with the front loader..I'm drawing a blank as to what they put it in, I'm not sure it's a garbage truck.

But we rake them to the street and leave them by the curb until they come around.

My brother's town a couple towns away has the leaf vacuum thingy.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:06 PM   #13
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We have to bag them in paper bags, and leave them on the curb. Or we can put them loose in a garbage can, and they dump it in the truck. They won't take them if they are in plastic bags. The town comes to pick them up every other week.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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Our city uses the big street sweepers for leaf cleanup all over the city (including residential areas). Home owners are responsible for taking care of leaves that naturally fall in their yards by either bagging them or putting them in the yard waste/food waste bin that gets picked up weekly just like the trash. It costs extra each month for a yard waste bin (our awesome neighbor lets us use hers for free since we help her mow her lawn!) and they don't pick it up from Dec-Feb.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:04 PM   #15
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Here, we rake them up and put them in our 90 gallon green waste can. The come with a garbage truck every 2 weeks to pick them up.
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