Leaf pick-up season approaches

Leaf pick-up will begin once leaves are significantly off of the trees, starting from the north end of town and toward the south, according to the town.

Pick-up is expected to start either the first or second week of November. The town is using more manpower for the job this year, thereby completing the leaf pickup sooner.

Residents are asked to put leaves out in front of your residence, down by the curb, as soon as the leaves have fallen.

Once the Leaf Pick-up Program is underway, residents can track the progress daily via a link we will add to the town website, trumbull-ct.gov.

Weather conditions could push the leaf schedule back.

“The loose leaf pick-up program is done only once on each street,” the town said in a release. “Do not expect to have the trucks come back to your street. 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 you put your leaves out after the trucks have gone by.”

As in years past, residents are asked to keep leaves out of the roadway. Those who put leaves in the road will be subject to a $90 fine. Putting leaves on the pavement presents potentially dangerous situations, according to the town.

In the event of an early snowfall, leaves in the gutter are plowed back onto your lawn, maybe 10 or 15 feet.

While some people think the leaves kill the grass, the town said that experience shows this does not happen frequently. The grass may show signs of stress because it is covered over, but come the spring most residents report no problem. This is particularly true if the town is able to keep the program on schedule.

“If you want to be extra helpful, please consider the disposal of leaves on your own property.

“Create your own compost site, or bring them into your woods and disburse them around the trees,” the town suggests. “Your “forest” will be healthier for your efforts, and you will help your town by keeping the cost of this program down. Please don’t dump leaves on someone else’s property or the vacancy lot on the street, unless you have owner’s permission.”

Residents in all districts may call for bagged leaf pickup throughout the program period at 203-452-5070 or 203-452-5071. All bagged leaves must be in paper bags or it will not be picked up. Use the same phone numbers if there are any questions or comments.