Loose leaf collection begins in neighborhoods around Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Public Works Crews with the City of Danville have begun collecting loose leaves from residential sections of the city.

Residents can rake or blow leaves to the curb for pickup by vacuum machines through the end of January.

The leaves are collected on the same scheduled day as refuse and yard waste collection, as the volume of leaves left for pickup allows.

Crews ask residents to assist in the leaf collection by taking the following steps:

  • Rake loose leaves in a pile to the curb or in front of the property line;
  • Rake loose leaves any time before your collection day. Do not rake leaves on the scheduled collection day and expect to have them collected that day as crews may have already passed through that area;
  • Do not mix sticks, limbs, brush, bottles, rocks or other debris in the leaf pile;
  • Make sure the leaf pile is within reach of the vacuum machine from the paved roadway (no more than four feet);
  • Park vehicles away from the leaf pile. The city’s vacuum equipment uses truck-and-trailer combinations that will require ample space to reach the leaf pile;
  • Do not block storm drains, gutters or ditches;
  • Do not place the leaf pile behind poles, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and guardrails;
  • Do not place the leaf pile in ditches below grade level; and
  • Avoid, if possible, placing loose leaves on top of water meters, gas meters, manholes, or sidewalks.

Residents can also bag the leaves. Biodegradable bags are available at no charge from the Public Works Administrative Offices at 998 South Boston Road. Bagged leaves should be placed out, no sooner than the evening before your collection day.

Many factors can affect the ability of leaf collection crews to stay on a weekly schedule which includes the timing of the first significant frost, duration of leaf fall (gradual or all-at-once), the amount of rainfall during the leaf falling season, early snowfalls and equipment breakdowns.

If your leaves are missed or you need to know if your area is behind schedule, you can contact the Public Works Department at (434) 799-5245 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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