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Town Leaf Collection Starts Monday

Got Leaves? No problem. Starting on Monday, Westport will begin its annual curbside leaf collection program, which runs through Dec. 6.

According to Public Works Director Stephen Edwards, leaves placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags will be collected.

"Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up, as the compost process cannot handle plastic bags," Edwards said.

If you live on a private road, however, you must place your bags at an intersecting town roadway for pickup.

The town, Edwards said, requests that homeowners consider backyard composting. For more information regarding backyard composting, Edwards said, homeowners can contact the Conservation Department or Earthplace.

"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 paper bags for the town's curbside pickup," he said.

If your car has a valid WP sticker, you may bring your bagged leaves to the town yard waste site on 180 Bayberry Lane. But if leaves are transported in plastic bags, you must empty the bags prior to disposal, Edwards said.

The yard waste site is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. From Nov. 6 thru Dec. 4, Saturday hours at the yard waste site will be extended until 3 p.m.

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