Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town is conducting its annual curbside leaf collection program.
The curbside collection period will extend from Oct. 29 through Dec. 3.
“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department,” said Edwards. “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process can not handle plastic bags.”
Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.
Public Works crew will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period. A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 3, and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 3 will be collected.
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Edwards said the town requests that homeowners consider the feasibility of backyard composting and suggests that they contact the Conservation Department (341-1170) or Earthplace (227-7253) for relevant information.
“The ease and cost savings of backyard composting provides a viable alternative to either carting the leaves to the Town Yard Waste Site or filling of paper bags for the town's curbside pickup,” he said.
Residents whose car displays a valid WP sticker may deliver their leaves directly to the yard waste site located at180 Bayberry Lane. If they are transported in plastic bags, the resident must empty the bags prior to disposal. The yard waste site is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 7 a.m. - noon on Saturday. From Nov. 3 thru Dec. 1, Saturday hours the yard waste site will be extended till 3 p.m.
Residents whose vans, pickups or tag-along trailers display a valid sticker may deliver up to six - 30 gallon bags or containers full of leaves without a fee. A van, pickup or tag-along trailer exceeding the six bag limit will be charged $30 per load. Any vehicle or trailer larger than a conventional pickup with a 4 by 8-foot bed will be charged $80 per ton.
Any vehicles with a 9-foot body or vehicles changed to significantly enlarge their factory design size will be charged $80 per ton estimated at two ton without weigh slip ($160).
Dump tickets to cover the cost of the disposal fee must be purchased at Town Hall, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or by mail by writing - Department of Public Works, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.