Don't Forget to Bag Those Leaves!

The town is ready to begin picking up leaves from across the community, but with piles building instead of bags, organizers have an important message for Berlin residents: bag it or you'll be on your own.

Credit: Patch.
Credit: Patch.
Berlin officials have debated implementation of a system that would allow for leaves to be vacuumed up, but at least for the foreseeable future, residents need to make sure their piles are in appropriate bags.

So bag up those leaves!

Across town, many residents have begun to place their leaves by the road yet in many locations, the leaves haven't been bagged. If left without a bag, the leaf collection will pass by and residents will be responsible for disposing of the leaves themselves said Lecia Carter with the Berlin Public Works Department.

"Leaves must be placed in bags at the curb prior to your regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. Residents wishing to have leaves picked up at the curb must put leaves in biodegradable paper bags and leave them at the curb on their regular trash day during the specified week," Carter said.

Also worth noting, plastic bags will not be accepted.

The town will start curbside leaf pick-up beginning on Oct. 28 and extending over three weeks in little more than a month before finally ending on Dec. 6. During this time, the department will also conduct a special extended hours on Saturdays at the town's transfer station at 19 Town Farm Lane, Carter said.

The three week program will take place from Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, again from Nov. 11 - Nov. 16 and lastly from Dec. 2 - Dec. 6. These dates are subject to change in the event of extreme weather.

Additionally, residents seeking to drop off the bags of leaves themselves may do so during the extended hours at the transfer station, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays between Oct. 26 and Nov. 30.

For more information, contact the Berlin Public Works Department at (860) 828-7022.

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Christine November 01, 2013 at 02:35 PM
You rock!
gail November 01, 2013 at 06:12 PM
How many people would like Berlin public works to provide curb side vacuum leaf pickup?
Guido November 01, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I would like to see Berlin public works provide curb side vacuum leaf pickup. The bags are the worst part of leafing. Also bags require extensive manual labor, including the bagging and dragging, plus the picking up by a crew. Why not use equipment to eliminate the bagging? Of course, Ocean State Job Lot, Home Depot, and Lowes would lose money on the sales of bags. But it's so labor intensive bagging, dragging, and picking up those heavy bags, especially after they've gotten saturated by rain. Plus the bags fall over. Furthermore, those heavy bags could be very heavy for your seniors, your mom and dads. I'm for public works vacuuming up the leaves.
William Brighenti, CPA November 02, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I'm for vacuuming leaves curbside. Isn't it more efficient to use machine rather than human labor? Other Towns do it; so should Berlin.
William Brighenti, CPA November 02, 2013 at 01:55 PM
One year I accumulated approximately 50 bags. Assuming 50 lbs (60 lbs. if wet) per bag, that's 2,500 to 3,000 lbs. of heavy lifting for the leaf collectors. Do we want to risk back injuries to municipal employees? With vacuuming, we minimize manual labor and injuries.


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