Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – Fall is here to stay, and residents are once again encouraged to help municipal crews keep the streets, sidewalks and public walkways clear of fallen leaves.
The annual Fall Leaf Clean-up Program begins on Monday, Nov. 21. Crews will begin collecting and removing leaves from streets in the heavily-treed areas of the former City of Halifax first, and as required in other areas of the urban core. Please note this service will happen only once on a street-by-street basis.
The municipality is asking for your cooperation to efficiently complete this program. Temporary 'No Parking' signs will be posted in the targeted neighbourhoods and streets in advance of each cleaning operation. In order to facilitate proper cleanup, residents are asked to abide by those signs and not park on the street.
A map showing a detailed weekly work schedule by neighbourhood and street is available online at www.halifax.ca/snow/leafcleanup. The map will be updated weekly to show where work has been completed, and residents are encouraged to be prepared to park off-street when clean-up operations are scheduled in their neighbourhood.
The potential for street flooding is greatly increased when catch basins are clogged with leaves and debris. Residents are also asked to respect municipal by-laws that prohibit the sweeping or depositing of leaves along the gutter of the street or in the roadway.
Cleanup on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. Leaves and yard waste are collected on regular green cart collection weeks. Leaves and yard waste are permitted in the green cart and any excess material should be placed in large paper bags.
Each household or business can place a maximum of 20 bags at the curb on their respective collection days. Each bag should weigh no more than 25 kilograms (55 pounds). If possible, roll the tops of the bags closed to keep out rain and excess moisture and store the bags in a cool, dry area until your collection day. Residents are reminded that grass clippings are not accepted in the green bin or bags. For tips on grasscycling, visit www.halifax.ca/recycle/grasscycling.php.
For more information on the municipality's annual Fall Leaf Clean-up Program, visit www.halifax.ca/snow/leafcleanup or call 311.