WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Department of Public Works’ annual leaf collection program has extended its curbside collection period through Dec. 1.
Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up.
Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.
The Department of Public Works crew will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period. A final pass will be initiated on Dec.1 and take one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 1 will be collected.
Residents with a valid WP sticker on their vehicle may deliver their leaves directly to the yard waste site located at 180 Bayberry Lane. If they are transported in plastic bags, residents must empty the bags prior to disposal.
The yard waste site is open Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. From Nov. 8 through Dec. 6, Saturday hours at the yard waste site will be extended till 3 p.m.
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. A van, pickup or tag-along trailer exceeding the six bag limit will be charged $30 per load. Any vehicle or trailer larger than a conventional pickup with a 4-foot by 8-foot bed will be charged $80 per ton.
Any vehicles with a 9-foot body or vehicles changed to significantly enlarge their factory design size will be charged $80 per ton estimated at 2 tons without weigh slip ($160).
Dump tickets to cover the cost of the disposal fee must be purchased at Town Hall, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays or through mail by writing to the Department of Public Works, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.
The Department of Public Works requests that homeowners consider backyard composting and suggests that they contact the Conservation Department at 203-341-1170 or Earthplace at 203-227-7253 for 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.
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