In an effort to complete the 2012 leaf pick-up program before snowfall this year, the town will be collecting leaves in the following manner:

All main roads will be done first, starting on Monday, Nov. 5. This should take two full weeks.

On Nov. 19. workers will then start from the north end of town and continue south, one crew on each side of the Pequonnock Valley, until finished.

The Public Works Dept. is asking all residents to put their leaves at the curb as soon as possible, so the south side of town, which is scheduled at the end of the program, will be ready if scheduling can be accelerated. Residents can track the progress daily in the "Town Hall" section entitled "2012 Leaf Pick-up Progress Map" on the website trumbull-ct.gov. Weather conditions may push the leaf schedule back.

The loose leaf pick-up program is done only once on each street. Do not expect to have the trucks return to pick up leaves once they have passed. A common complaint is that our trucks "missed" one house on the street, but that is impossible as the trucks move right along the gutter. It is only possible if the leaves were put out after the trucks have gone by.

As in years past, do not put the leaves in the roadway. Anyone putting leaves in the roadway will be subject to a $90 fine.

Putting leaves on the pavement presents potentially dangerous situations. In the event of an early snowfall, leaves in the gutter are plowed back onto the lawn, possibly as much as 10 or 15 feet.

While some people think the leaves kill the grass, this does not happen frequently. The grass may show signs of stress because it is covered, but in spring most residents report no problem. This is particularly true if the program remains on schedule.

Residents looking to help speed the process should consider the disposal of leaves on their own property. Create a compost site, or bring them into the woods and disburse them around the trees. The backyard "forest" will be healthier for these efforts and it will help the town by keeping the cost of this program down.

Also, as a reminder, don't dump leaves on someone else's property or the vacant lot on the street without the owner's permission

Residents in all districts may call 203-452-5070 or 203-452-5071 for bagged leaf pickup throughout the program period. All bagged leaves must be in paper bags or they will not be picked up.