Like many of you, I have begun my annual ritual of raking leaves down to the curb for collection and recycling by City of Sylvania crews.
As the trees in my yard have matured, the job of leaf raking has become larger and larger.
Leaf collection is a very big job in the City of Sylvania. Our "City of Trees" lives up to its namesake by having tens of thousands of trees throughout the community. Approximately 7,700 street trees are growing in street right-of-ways alone, with many thousands more in parks and on private lands, including the towering oaks and maples native to the area.
Last year, city crews spent 4,072 hours loading and hauling 13,300 cubic yards of leaves to the city composting field on Yankee Road, north of town. There, the leaves are composted in wind rows and recycled into Sylvan-Gro, a rich compost the city sells by the bushel.
Leaf collection is paid for with General Fund dollars. A separate property tax assessment is not collected in Sylvania each year as it is in some nearby communities.
The annual leaf collection will begin the week of Oct. 15th with one or two Streets Division collection crews as needed following predetermined routes through the city. As more leaves are raked to the curb in late October, two more crews will be working full time at leaf collection. In an effort to speed up leaf collection, temporary workers are used and overtime is offered to city workers in the Forestry and Utilities divisions when needed.
The city crews load leaves raked to the curb onto city trucks using diesel powered leaf loader vacuum units. Sticks, grass clippings, flowers, plants, etc. can clog or break the leaf loaders and are not to be part of the leaf collection process. Those items should be set out separately for regular pick-up by the Green Recycling program of the Forestry Division. An unlimited free Green Recycling pick-up is scheduled for the first two weeks of November.
Please do not pile leaves far into the street – keep them on or near the curb. Every year I see leaves piled way beyond the curb causing some streets to become dangerously narrow, and sometimes forming dams that block storm drainage and cause flooding.
City crews will move as quickly as possible to collect all the leaves. If we have good weather and it doesn't snow too much, and the leaves fall on schedule, the leaf collection will be completed by Dec. 7th . But the weather and the trees don't always cooperate.
Thanks for your patience. City of Sylvania crews are making their rounds and will be there soon.