McGinnis said that a majority of the savings will be made up by reducing wear and tear on city equiptment and reducing overtime hours for city DPW employees.
As a result of this new policy, residents will no longer be allowed to rake leaves into the street. DPW crews at one time would come and collect leaves and dispose of them on Harbor Island.
Instead, McGinnis said customers of the city’s contracted trash hauler, Allied Waste, will be picking up leaves on the same day as the normally scheduled garbage day. Leaves and other yard material must be in bio-degradable brown bags or containers marked “yard waste.”
Allied Waste will also be available at a central location for leaf pick-up during the fall, as well.
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