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It's That Time of Year: Leaf Collection Getting Underway

by on October 12, 2014 9:45 AM

By now, you’ve noticed slightly the chillier temperatures and the leaves changing from green to red.

The fall season is in full swing once more. Soon, you and your neighbors will be out on the lawn, spending afternoons raking leaves.

Of course, that also means leaf collecting season has begun. If your township hasn’t started collecting already, it will soon be sending trucks around for leaf and brush pickups.

With October not even halfway over, the public works departments for local communities still have their busiest days ahead of them. 

If this year's effort matches the ones of previous years all those leaves will add up to a weighty chore. According to State College Borough Operations Manager Eric Brooks, 1,500 tons of leaves were collected by State College last year, which measures out to 10,000 cubic yards.

"Well generally, it varies year by year," Brooks says. "We start collecting at the end of September with one truck and gradually we cover the entire borough."

State College has a deal with Patton, College and Ferguson Townships to have all of the leaves that those townships collect composted at the State College Compost Facility off of North Atherton Street.

"The leaves are a great carbon source for us," Brooks says. "We can compost them along with our organic waste."

Harris Township does things differently. It composts leaves at Tait Farms in Boalsburg, according to township manager Amy Farkas. 

“All of our leaves are taken to Tait, where they are composted along with the food waste from the farm,” Farkas says. “We don’t measure the amount of leaves by any scale, just by how many truckloads of them there are." 

Harris Township is not collecting leaves just yet. It will begin its collection on Oct. 27 and to continue on until approximately mid-December.

“The leaves just haven’t really begun falling yet,” Farkas says. “The latest we’ve ever collected until is Dec. 13. We assess the situation to help our citizens but we usually stop earlier so we can switch our-equipment over to snow removal.”

The State College Borough began collecting on Sept. 29 and will continue until Dec. 6. While there is no set time or day when leaves are collected, residents should have their leaves on the curb by Monday mornings at 7 a.m.

Both Ferguson and Patton Townships collect leaves on the first Monday of the month.

College Township has also begun to collect leaves and asks residents to have them on the curb by Monday, though its official schedule won't begin until Oct. 20. Workers there will continue picking up leaves for approximately six weeks.

Matt Allibone is a intern. He's a Penn State senior, studying print journalism. Matt is a native of Delran, N.J.
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