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Westport Begins Annual Leaf Collection, Reminds Residents Of Rules

Westport is conducting its annual curbside leaf collection program now through Dec. 2.
Westport is conducting its annual curbside leaf collection program now through Dec. 2. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The town of Westport is conducting its annual curbside leaf collection program through Dec. 2, Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced Monday.

“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department,” Edwards said in a statement. “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process can not handle plastic bags.”

Residents living on private roadways "must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway," Edwards said. Public Works crew will pick up leaves throughout the entire town "several times during the collection period" with a final pass on Dec. 2.

Edwards said the town asks that "homeowners consider the feasibility of backyard composting" and suggested residents contact the Conservation Department at 203-341-1170 or Earthplace at 203-227-7253 for more information.

“The ease and cost savings of backyard composting provides a viable alternative to either carting the leaves to the Town Yard Waste Site or filling of paper bags for the Town's curbside pickup,” Edwards said.

Residents whose vans, pickups or tag-along trailers "display a valid sticker may deliver up to six 30 gallon bags or containers full of leaves without a fee," according to the release. Those exceeding the size limit will be charged $30 per load and any vehicle or trailer larger than a conventional pickup with a 4-by-8 foot bed will be charged $80 per ton.

Dump tickets to cover the cost of the disposal fee must be purchased at Town Hall. Tickets are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by mail by writing to the Department of Public Works, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

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