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City Reminds Residents of 2015 Curbside Fall Leaf Collection Information and Urges Residents to Compost on Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 15, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Shelby Walker, Sanitation Director, City of Bloomington Sanitation Department, 812.349.3443

Rhea Carter, Office Manager, City of Bloomington Sanitation Department, 812.349.3443

City Reminds Residents of 2015 Curbside Fall Leaf Collection Information and Urges Residents to Compost on Site

Bloomington, Ind. - Residential leaf collection for bagged leaves and curbside leaf vacuuming will begin on Monday, Nov. 2, and run through Thursday, Dec. 24. Public Works would like to remind residents that composting or mulching leaves is the greenest way to both reduce waste and create useful fertilizer. Composting is natural, easy, requires almost no maintenance and can be done in any number of ways. More information on composting can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website at http://www.epa.gov/composting/.

Normal pick up is scheduled on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. There will be no pick up on Thursday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Normal service will resume on Friday, Nov. 27th. Items to be collected must be at the curb by 5:00 a.m.

Leaves bagged in biodegradable or paper bags will be collected the same day as recycling in residential neighborhoods and should be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m. on collection day. Bagged leaves do not require a yard waste sticker and must weigh 40 pounds or less. Leaf bags may be purchased through many local retailers, such as hardware stores. Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected. All other yard waste, including sticks, brush and limbs, must be separated from leaves and tagged as usual.

As in years past, the City will vacuum leaves that are on residential curbs starting on Nov. 2. Other waste cannot be vacuumed and should not be on the curb for pick up. In order for leaves to be picked up, they must be as close to the curb as possible, out of the roadway and not placed around fire hydrants.

The leaf collection schedule will be adjusted for inclement weather.

For the full schedule and other information regarding collection, visit https://bloomington.in.gov/leaves. For more information regarding leaf bag procedures, please contact City Sanitation Director Shelby Walker or Office Manager Rhea Carter at 812.349.3443.

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