City leaf pickup to start Nov. 2

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The city of Rome will begin its bulk leaf collection program on Monday, Nov. 2, the Department of Public Works has announced. The weekly green waste collection of containerized green waste, leaves and brush piles will continue — the day before residents scheduled garbage pickup — during the bulk leaf pickup. Officials warn that because of the volume of containerized green waste during this time, crews may get behind on the pickup. “In the event we get behind leave your containerized green waste at the curb and we will collect it the next day,” the officials said.

The City of Rome will follow this schedule for the bulk leaf collection:

Monday’s Green Waste Route;

Tuesday’s Green Waste Route;

Wednesday’s Green Waste Route; and

Thursday’s Green Waste Route.

In the event that collection crews are needed for snow plowing during this period, leaf collection will cease and will be resumed where crews left off when weather permits.

“Once the first pass through the City is completed, depending on the weather we may make a second pass through the city,” officials added.

Leaves must be placed behind the curb, not in the street. Leaves raked into the street cause traffic problems and storm sewer backups. Leaves raked to the curb or in containers should not have stones or rubbish mixed in with them. Contractors are responsible for their own disposal, leaves put to the curb by contractors, will be left at the curb.

Acceptable containers:

Biodegradable paper lawn and leaf bags or clean trash cans;

Unacceptable containers:

Plastic garbage bags, cardboard boxes and the city-issued garbage and recycling containers.

City of Rome residents who do not want to wait for leaf pickup may bring their leaves in containers or bags and empty them at the City Yard Green Waste Transfer Station on Race Street between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to COVID-19 residents do not have to provide a driver’s license, contractor’s are prohibited.

For questions or additional information, call City Yard at 339-7778 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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