Monday, November 29, 2010
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation Division of Highway Services (DHS) began its annual vacuum collection of leaves in the southern part of the county. During November and through mid-December, DHS makes two collections on every street in the vacuum leaf collection district.
Residents should look for signs posted along the streets announcing the collection dates in their neighborhoods. Green signs indicate the first collection, and red signs indicate the second and final collection.
The leaf vacuum collection district is bounded by I-495, I-270, the Rockville City limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, and the District of Columbia and Prince George's County lines.
Leaves should be placed in piles or containers on the grass or behind the curb. Placing leaves in streets or alleys can disrupt traffic and surface drainage, hamper snow removal operations, or pose a fire hazard to automobiles parked over them.
Collections are restricted to leaves only. Tree debris, sticks, branches, or coarse garden debris should be placed in containers or tied in bundles not more than four feet long and placed where household trash is regularly picked up.
Residents who miss the two scheduled vacuum collections can still have their leaves collected by placing them in paper yard waste bags or reusable containers for pick up on their regular yard waste collection day. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be accepted.
DHS reminds residents that although every effort is made to maintain the posted schedules, weather and equipment issues can affect the timing.
For more information, or to determine if a residence is within the boundaries of the leaf vacuum collection district, call 311, or go to the Department of Transportation’s website.