Compostable bags for the collection and disposal of leaves are available for purchase from Recology Ashland at 170 Oak Street. The biodegradable bags cost $14.50 for a set of five, which include curbside pickup of the bags by Recology. Each bag is nearly three feet tall and can hold up to 35 pounds of leaves.
For a limited time, the City of Ashland is offering a discount on the bags. From October 12th through November 6th a set of five bags may be purchased at Recology for $10.00. The City is subsidizing only a limited number of bags. During this time, bags will be available at a discount with a limit of two sets per household. Please be prepared to show identification. The program is sponsored by the City of Ashland and Recology. Due to Covid 19 phone payments only, call to arrange pickup.
The compostable bags, for leaves only, will be picked up on regular recycling days. Customers who do not pay for Green Debris service, will need to call Recology Ashland to schedule the pickup of their bags. Any leftover bags can be used at any point in the year.
Street sweeping is not a community wide leaf pick-up program. Property owners are responsible for removing and disposing of fallen leaves on their property and adjacent sidewalks and should not blow or rake leaves into the street or right of way. The prepaid leaf bag program is an opportunity for those who are unable to take advantage of the free leaf collection days on November 8th and December 13th (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) at the Ashland Recycle Center (220 Water Street, Ashland). From 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, please arrive prepared to empty your bags of leaves yourself and take your bags back home with you. There is also an additional drop off on November 15th at the Talent City Hall (110 E. Main Street, Talent) from 9:00 am - to 4:00 pm.
Keeping leaves out of the street is a simple but important action we can all take to help improve water quality in our streams. The distance between your yard and the water’s edge is as close as the nearest storm drain or ditch. Everyone can help maintain the health of our streams by keeping the leaves out of the street and storm drains. For more information on these programs, please call Recology at 541-482-1471 or visit www.recology.com/recology-ashland