Fall Leaf Collection
The City of Ashland Street Department works hard at keeping leaves in Ashlandís streets from getting into the storm drain system by using street sweepers in both commercial and residential areas of our community. Many residents and businesses in the community also take the time and effort to collect leaves from their property which significantly reduces the volume of leaves for the Street Department to collect and dispose of and makes great homemade compost. For more composting information and education, go to http://jcrecycle.org/compostgreen-debris/composting
Because the leaves picked up from the street also contain residues from vehicles and other potential contaminants, the City is required to take them to the landfill. To reduce storm drain maintenance costs and to instead convert the leaves into usable compost, the City encourages the community to utilize the following services:
Recology free leaf drop-off days
Sunday November 16th
and Sunday December 7th
are free leaf drop-off days at the Ashland Recycle Center (220 Water Street). Plastic bags need to be emptied and taken away.
Recology pre-paid leaf bag program
With support from the City of Ashland and the Ashland Conservation Commission, Recology Ashland offers discounted pricing on pre-paid paper leaf bags that can be left with a customerís trash and recycling on regular collection days and will be picked up for no extra charge.
Recology Yard Debris service
Many customers already use this service for year round yard material collections which is especially popular during the leaf collection season. Contact Recology at 541-482-1471 to add a green bin (or two) to your regular collection service for a month or more.
Keeping leaves out of the streets and storm drains helps prevent blockages and overflows of water during heavy rains, improves the quality of the water going from the storm drains to our creeks and keeps the leaves out of the landfill and instead turns them into usable compost.
The City appreciates the efforts of the community to pitch in and make the best use of the leaves that fall our way.
CONTACT: Mike Morrison, Public Works Superintendent
City of Ashland