Loose-leaf collection returns to Dayton for the first time in nearly a decade this month. The service was eliminated as part of budget cuts. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Leaf collection returns to Dayton for first time in years

Curbside loose-leaf collection returns to the city of Dayton later this month for the first time in nearly a decade, and residents who don’t remember or never experienced the resurrected program need to be ready for some changes.

“First and foremost, we will not be picking up bagged leaves,” said Brian Dahm, Dayton’s street maintenance manager in an informational video.

Under the new service, leaves in paper bags will no longer be picked up by city crews, and they also will not pick up loose leaves if grass, twigs, tree limbs or other yard waste is mixed in.

“Pretty much anything other than leaves, we will not be able to pick it up,” Dahm said.

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Dayton’s public works department got rid of curbside loose leaf collection to cut costs in the 2010 budget, which was anticipated to save nearly $500,000.

Years later, some citizens still resented the decision.

Since the service was eliminated, residents have been asked to put leaves into biodegradable paper bags for pick-up by trash crews.

Citizens also had the option, and still do, to drop off loose or bagged leaves at the green landfill site, located at 2670 Wagner Ford Road.

Late last year, city officials and elected leaders announced the service would return this fall and winter.

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“Folks are really excited about that,” said Dayton City Commissioner Chris Shaw. “I’m glad it’s back.”

The city will begin collecting leaves on Monday, Oct. 28, in 16 neighborhoods.

Over the course of the following four Mondays, the city plans pick up loose leaves in all 64 of its neighborhoods, the city said.

The city says it will perform at least two collections in every neighborhood through Jan. 17.

The schedule, however, could change or service delays could arise if there’s bad weather.

Loose leaves should be raked or blown to the curb line.

The city has new equipment that basically vacuums up the leaves and deposits them into the back of a truck, Dahm said.

The city also modified some equipment so it can push and pack leaves in sanitation trucks, Dahm said.

Notices of leaf collection dates will be posted online and on social media, and the city also will place signs in neighborhoods a week before as a reminder.

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