The autumn leaves that make for beautiful scenery in the Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch area soon become a property owners problem once they hit the ground.
Each of the local municipalities has its own regulations regarding leaf pickup and disposal. Here's what you do in Edgewood, Forest Hills, Swissvale, City of Pittsburgh and Churchill:
Leaf collection is slated to begin as early as next week, Oct. 22-26. Collection is only for leaves, no other yard waste. Leaves should be placed at the curb no sooner than the night before pickup. Here's the schedule:
- Monday—(Short) Race, Washington, Vine and Sanders streets; West Hutchinson, Allenby, East End, Savannah, Trenton and Mifflin avenues; Willow Place; Monongahela Alley; East End Extension.
- Tuesday—Walnut, Dewey Locust, Beech, Elmer, Morris and Hawthorn streets; McKelvey and Maple avenues.
- Wednesday—Linden, Oakview, Lloyd, Westmoreland, Edgewood, East Hutchinson and East Swissvale avenues; Elm, Lehigh, Gordon, LaCrosse, Chestnut and Coal street; and Love Place.
- Friday—West Swissvale, Lincoln, Pennwood and Greendale avenues; Ivy, Harlow, Garland, McKay and Race streets; and Seddon Road.
During the months of October, November and December, Forest Hills residents must rake or otherwise accumulate leaves unbagged and unpackaged at curbside adjacent to their properties for collection by the borough.
Leaves must be separated from other municipal waste generated at houses,
apartments and other residential establishments. In the event residents elect to compost leaf waste, including leaves, it must be done in such a manner so as not to create an odor or nuisance to adjacent properties.
Residents should watch for signs in their neighborhoods announcing the collections.
In Swissvale, the leaf collection runs from Monday through Friday, Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, following the street sweeping schedule. Residents are asked to sweep their leaves into the street, according to the borough website.
The borough requires residents to separate leaf and yard waste from other trash and recyclables.
The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, Bureau of Environmental Services, will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all city residents in a special collection on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Yard debris should be placed at the normal collection site on Friday, Nov. 9. All yard debris materials will be collected by city refuse/recycling crews and composted.
Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at the normal refuse collection site. Bags should not exceed 35 pounds.
Leaves: Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted. Paper yard debris bags can be purchased at local hardware or department stores.
Tree Branches and Bushes: Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding 5 feet in length. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four inches.
City crews will not collect dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or independent contractors will not be collected by city crews. Yard debris not meeting the collection guidelines also will not be collected.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2631 or 412-255-2773.
Leaf collection began Monday in Churchill Borough and will continue every Monday through Nov. 19. Leaves only must be placed at the curb in paper, biodegradable bags no sooner than Sunday evening.
Bags can be purchased at the municipal building or Tyke's Shell Station on Greensburg Pike at a cost of $3 for five bags; bags are also available at home improvement stores.
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