Roanoke-CityIt’s the first week for leaf collection in Roanoke — but only for those residents who make sure to follow the proper procedures, starting with the bags you use. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Roanoke, VA – Citizens are reminded that leaf collection in the city begins November 14. Crews will collect bagged leaves in biodegradable paper leaf bags the weeks of Nov. 14, Nov. 28, and Dec. 12. There will be a spring collection during the week of March 9, 2017.

Residents should put their bagged leaves at the curb on the same day as their regular trash collection. The city will only accept biodegradable paper leaf bags. These bags are available at local hardware stores, home centers, and other retailers. There is no limit to the number of paper leaf bags residents may place at the curb for pickup. The city will not collect leaves placed in plastic bags.

Loose-leaf collection is not provided by the city. The only loose-leaf alternative is to stage raked leaves near the edge of the street for timely collection by a private contractor. Residents are encouraged to notify the city of their plans for contractor pickup by calling 853-2000, option 1.

The Solid Waste Management Division reminds residents that there are alternatives to bagging leaves for collection by city crews. These include:

• Mulch mowing
• Composting
• Homeowner disposal at the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority
• Use of private lawn maintenance services

The City of Roanoke appreciates the cooperation of its citizens in helping this year’s leaf collection process run as smoothly as possible. For more information about leaf collection, call 853-2000 and select option 6.