County Leaf Collection Begins November 10; Continues Through Mid-December

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For Immediate Release: 11/6/2014 County Leaf Collection Begins November 10; Continues Through Mid-December The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) will conduct its annual vacuum collection of leaves in the southern part of the County from November 10 through mid-December. DHS makes two collections on every street in the vacuum leaf collection district during the fall. A third collection may also be provided on an as-needed basis. The leaf vacuum collection district is bounded by I-495, I-270, the Rockville City limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, and the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines. Residents should look for signs posted along the streets for information. DHS crews are posting new, larger, more informative signs this season that will direct residents to DHS’s website for more information about collection dates. Leaves should be placed in piles or containers on the grass or behind the curb, off the road pavement, but near the street. Placing leaves in streets or alleys can disrupt traffic, negatively impact drainage infrastructure, hamper snow removal operations, pose a risk of fire hazard for automobiles parked over them, limit the availability of residential parking and pose a safety risk to children and adults, alike. This is why residents are asked to keep leaves off road shoulders, and out of rain gardens and bikeshare lanes. Leaves, especially when wet, can pose a hazard for cyclists and pedestrians. The leaf collection program is restricted to leaves only. Tree debris, sticks, branches or coarse garden debris should be placed in containers or tied in bundles no more than four feet long and placed where yard trim is regularly picked up. Residents who miss the two scheduled vacuum collections can still have their leaves collected by placing them in paper yard trim bags or reusable containers for pick up on their regular yard trim collection day. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be accepted. DHS will make every effort to maintain the schedules posted online, but weather and equipment issues can affect the timing. To determine if a residence is within the boundaries of the leaf vacuum collection district or view the leaf collection schedule, visit DHS’s website or call 311. # # # Release ID: 14-404 Media Contact: Public Information 240-777-6507]]>

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