Get raking! Curbside leaf pickup begins Monday in Boise, Eagle and Ada County

November 3, 2013 

The city of Boise will begin fall leaf pickup on Monday, with weekly collection continuing through Nov. 30. Collection dates for other areas of the Valley: Ada County (Nov. 4 to Nov. 15); Eagle (Nov. 4 to Nov. 30); Meridian (Nov. 11 to Nov. 30); and Garden City (Nov. 18 to Nov. 22).

Here's what they ask you to do:

• Put leaves and yard trimmings in large paper leaf bags

• Leave the bags open

• Set out bags on regular trash day before 7 a.m. (leaf bags collected between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.)

• Cluster bags at the curb at least 3 feet from your trash cart

• Yard trimmings include garden plants, small-diameter shrub trimmings and small amounts of grass are OK.

Do not set out yard waste in regular plastic bags or boxes — it will not be collected. Put bagged trash in the gray trash cart.

• Yard waste in extra trash cans will need an overflow sticker and will not be recycled.

• Do not put branches or woody materials in the paper leaf bags. Branches should be bundled (maximum 60 pounds and 4 feet long), and an overflow sticker is required on each bundle.

Boise residents should have received $10 coupons for compostable paper leaf bags at the beginning of the year. The coupon is on the 2013 recycling calendar. If residents have questions about the coupon, they can send an email to curbit@cityofboise.org (include your name and address) or call 384-3901.

OTHER OPTIONS FOR LEAF REMOVAL

Ada County Solid Waste Management Department is accepting leaves only for free at the Hidden Hollow Landfill for composting through Dec. 7.

Consider making mulch from leaves, or chop them with a mower or shredder and put in compost piles or garden beds. Using shredded leaves as mulch adds nitrogen for the spring, city officials said.

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