Leaf collection program has some limits – no branches or twigs in that pile you put out on the road.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  November 2, 2012  Many of us are still cleaning up after the hurricane that devastated large parts of the American eastern seaboard.  The wild winds that blew through Burlington brought down whole trees and a lot of twigs and branches as well – those branches CANNOT be added to the piles of leaves the city will be picking up.

Twigs and branches cannot be part of the fall leaves pick up. They have to be bundled separately.

Cathy Robertson who runs the Parks and Recreation Maintenance program for the city and tells everyone that the branches that came down during the wind storm CANNOT be put out with leaves the city is collecting.

Cathy Robertson, director of roads and parks maintenance explains that: “The equipment we use to collect loose leaves is not capable of managing sticks and branches.”

“If there is anything other than leaves in the leaf piles, the operator will have no choice but to leave the piles behind.”

The city collects loose leaf piles, the Region manages  the yard  waste  paper  bag  program in Burlington.

In urban Burlington, the Region will pick up branches and twigs during standard yard waste collection every other week until Dec. 14, 2012. Brush must be tied in bundles no larger than 1.2 m x 0.6 m (4 ft x 2 ft) wide, with branches a maximum of 7.5 cm (3 inches in diameter).

In rural areas of Burlington, branches and twigs may be brought to the Halton Waste Management Site.  Standard fees apply.  Visit https://halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=12662 for more information.

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