Leaf pickup begins today

One of the city’s most popular programs, the annual fall leaf pickup program, starts today and is scheduled to continue through mid-December.

The leaf pickup program, which is for city of Grand Junction residents only, was created to eliminate excess leaf buildup along streets that can clog storm water drains.

A postcard was mailed earlier this month reminding residents of the schedule and program parameters, but for those who threw it out or simply missed it, they should have leaves piled in front of their house, on the street, 18 inches away from the curb, by 7 a.m. on the scheduled pickup date.

Leaves collected are recycled and turned into compost.

A color-coded map designating the five pickup areas is available at GJCity.org under the “Spotlight” section. The areas will have four separate pickup dates.

People can call the Leaf Removal Hotline at 256-4111 for updates on schedule changes for weather or equipment problems.

Residents interested in bagging leaves instead of raking them to the curb can drop off bags for disposal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 and Dec. 13-14 at the City Municipal Services Center, 333 West Ave.

People will be responsible for emptying their own bags.

Those who live outside the city can take bagged leaves to the Mesa County Landfill Organic Material Compost Facility, 3071 U.S. Highway 50, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The facility also accepts tree limbs, grass clippings, pallets and untreated lumber year-round.


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