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Communities prepare for annual leaf pickup

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Get your leaves raked to the curb, and put your fallen sticks or limbs in a pile.

Local cities and towns are starting their annual leaf and limb pickup services.

Greenwood residents can move any fallen or trimmed tree limbs to the curb, and they’ll get picked up about every seven to 10 days, city director of operations Terry McLaughlin said. He asked residents not to put the limbs in the road or bundle them with wire.

Residents also can drop off larger limbs at a site on Fry Road next to Fire Station 2 on weekdays or Saturdays. They should expect to show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, because that service is open to only city residents.

Tentatively starting on Oct. 29, Greenwood will begin its annual leaf pickup. Leaves should not be raked into the street, where they could clog storm drains and cause flooding, McLaughlin said.

He asked residents to be patient about getting their leaves picked up, because it can take 10 to 15 business days to cover the city during the peak leaf season.

Franklin street crews need two to four weeks to make a complete circuit of the city, vacuuming up leaves. The city tentatively plans to start its leaf pickup after Oct. 15, when the street department will finish its limb and brush pickup unless storms or heavy limbs later create the need to pick up more downed tree limbs, street commissioner Ron Collins said.

Collins asked residents to rake leaves close the edge of the street and make sure they’re free of lawn ornaments or any debris. Street department workers won’t pick up any leaves in alleys, so they must be raked to the street. They should not be raked to intersections because they could clog storm drains and won’t get picked up any faster, Collins said.

Residents should not bag their leaves unless they want to drop them off at the Franklin Street Department on Morton Street between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays, Collins said. They still have to empty the bags because the department will accept leaves and no other trash, he said.

Whiteland residents, however, should bag leaves and put them out with the trash, because Republic Waste Services will pick them up with the garbage, town manager Dennis Capozzi said.

The town also will begin its limb and stick pickup Oct. 22.

Whiteland officials ask residents to make sure that any limbs or sticks they leave out are no more than 8 feet long or 6 inches in diameter.

Town residents should place limbs and sticks near the curbs or streets so street department workers can toss them in the chipper. The town’s street department also asks residents not to put wire, root balls from shrubs or anything other than limbs or sticks in the piles.

New Whiteland residents should rake leaves to the curb the week of Oct. 15, because that’s when the annual leaf sweep is expected to start if weather permits. Any limbs or sticks should be dropped off at the town’s sewer plant on West County Road 500N.

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