WALLA WALLA — Fall curbside leaf collection begins Thursday for those with regular Monday trash collection.
The city’s leaf collection program generally lasts about six weeks, but can vary depending on weather and when the leaves fall.
Last year the program was extended due to a late falling of the leaves.
Officials with Street Division expect to spend the next few days removing leaves from streets with a Monday trash route.
The leaves are taken to the landfill to be composted.
Once the Monday route is completed, city crews will move on to Tuesday and so on.
Route pickup schedules are available at www.ci.walla-walla.wa.us or on cable television Channel 17. Route changes are also published in advance in the U-B.
Those using the leaf pickup service should place loose leaves in the street along the curb near the gutter, but be careful to not block stormwater grates.
- Separate loose leaves and brush. The city no longer collects brush.
- Park vehicles at least 10 feet away from piles.
- Do not rake the leaves out in the driving lanes.
The leaf pickup program has several goals, including keeping sediment down in local streams, helping to keep city storm drains from clogging and saving landfill space.
The program is paid for through the monthly trash bills of residences and businesses.
For those who prefer not to push their leaves into the street, the city has two other options:
- Free leaf drop boxes are available at Pioneer Park off Ruth Street and Howard Tietan Park off Hillbrooke Drive.
- Residents with green waste bins can take part in extended service and use the bins to discard their leaves and other brush.
The green waste bin service will be extended through Nov. 30 unless subscribers opt out of the extra month.
For more information, call the Street Division at 527-4363.