Leaves piling up in your yard? Here’s how to discard them properly

It may feel too early to think about raking leaves around your yard, but recent heavy rains and strong winds have brought down fall colors in some parts of the state.

And if jumping headfirst into a leaf pile isn’t first on your mind, there’s still a way for residents, particularly in Burlington, to discard fallen leaves in the near future.

Burlington Department of Public Works announced its annual Fall Leaf Pickup program this week. Between Nov. 9 to 13, department crew members will be collecting bagged leaves in addition to their routine pickups on recycling days. 

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When disposing leaves, residents are asked to use paper or compostable bags.

For folks living outside of Burlington, Green Mountain Compost or your nearest Chittenden Solid Waste District drop-off center accept yard debris. 

According to Chittenden Solid Waste District’s website, it is illegal to dispose of leaves, grass clippings or weeds in the trash in Chittenden County.

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Fall colors are reflected in the fallen leaves along the South Burlington Recreation Path on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or ebakuli@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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