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ACHD reminds residents not to blow leaves in the streets or alleys

ACHD's leaf pile to be used as mulch

ACHD reminds residents not to blow leaves in the streets or alleys

By James Cramer. CREATED Oct 30, 2013

The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) has a friendly reminder for those who are raking fall leaves from their properties to not blow or deposit the leaves into gutters or alleys.

“When residents add to the volume of leaves in the street, storm drains can easily become blocked, which causes more significant problems when rain or snow falls,” said Randy Noble, ACHD Maintenance Superintendent. “That is why we ask for the public’s cooperation this time of year.” In addition, sweeper trucks are not equipped to pick up large volumes of leaves and cannot pick up branches.

ACHD sweeps leaves and hauls them away for free to be used as mulch. The city is offering free fall recycling programs called Recycle the Fall that will run from November 4th through the 30th.

In addition, Republic Services offers curbside pickup in the communities it serves. However, program dates vary. Curbside programs require that leaves be placed in large paper bags.

The Ada County Landfill will accept leaves for free from Ada County residents through December 21.

In the weeks ahead, crews will make their way around the county to sweep. ACHD maintains an online list of street sweeping areas which is updated weekly. However, schedules are subject to change based on weather and other maintenance demands. The list can be found here.