Niagara Gazette

October 30, 2013

Leaf pickups planned in the city

By Mark Scheer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Get your leaves ready.

That's the message Niagara Falls Department of Public Works Director Dave Kinney has for city residents.

Starting today and continuing Friday, DPW crews will be in the DeVeaux area picking up leaves from curbsides. November is the traditional month for leaf removal operations and Kinney is asking residents to place leaves in piles at the curb for pickup by city workers. 

He noted that all bagged leaves are to be placed in front of homes on garbage pickup days for removal by Modern Disposal, the city's refuse handler. 

Residents are reminded to remove all branches and brush from leaf piles. Brush and branches are to be cut into lengths no longer than 4 feet and bundled or tied for pickup on garbage days.

Kinney said the city's leaf removal machine cannot accommodate branches, brush or other debris and such items can damage the machine. 

Crews will be picking up leaves in the DeVeaux area before moving on to Cayuga Island, with other other neighborhoods to follow in the weeks ahead, according to Kinney. His department intends to revisit each area at least one more time before winter arrives. Kinney said his office will be releasing additional information on its specific removal schedule in the coming days. 

"The problem right now is, quite frankly, the leaves aren't falling," Kinney said. 

For the remainder of the year, bulk refuse pickup will be limited to one item. As a reminder, no electronics may be placed at curbside or alleyways. All electronics must be recycled. Modern will not pickup any electronics on garbage day.

Residents may pickup, a free dump permit at the Department of Public Works 1785 New Road, to take bulk items for drop off at Modern Disposal. For more information, call the department at 286-4940.