Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 8, 2012

Leaf season here again

City crews set to begin vacuuming.

By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer

Bunker Hill — It’s time once again — and for newly annexed city residents, for the first time — for the city Department of Public Maintenance and Refuse’s annual leaf pick-up.

New city residents might not know it, but each autumn, city crews use vacuum trucks to suck up leaves. The pick-up usually lasts for several weeks.

Work crews require residents to pile leaves at the curb—not into the street—where a vacuum hose from a city truck can reach.

Leaves pushed into the street can clog gutters, so it’s important to keep all of the leaves on the homeowner’s side of the curb, city officials say.

Leaf pick-up begins Oct. 15. Crews will start on the city’s south side and continue north each day, making continuous passes until all leaves are picked up or until weather no longer permits leaf pickup.  

Crews are expected to make collections from each resident about four times during the season.

When the crews are gathering leaves with the leaf vacuum truck, tree limb pickup will be temporarily suspended. Tree limbs will be collected at a later time.   

The Department of Public Maintenance and Refuse offers more suggestions to make the collection more efficient:

• Residents are asked to not mix limbs or garden waste with loose leaves. The leaf vacuum cannot pickup these items.

• Place only loose leaves at the curbside, no bagged leaves.

• Residents may empty bagged leaves at the Yard Waste Collection Center, 1130 S. Dixon Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday from The center is closed Sunday.

Questions? Contact the Department of Public Maintenance and Refuse at 765-453-4030.