Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Garden City -- It’s the time of year when leaves are falling fast and residents and Ada County Highway District (ACHD) crews alike are trying to keep up with Mother Nature. ACHD crews have ramped up their street sweeping, with a focus on the tree lined streets of the North and East ends of Boise — two areas that historically prove to be most problematic with leaves clogging gutters and storm drains during the fall months.
It’s Leaf Raking Season; ACHD Asks Residents to Not Put Leaves in the Street
ACHD collects leaves that naturally fall into the street and is asking residents to help by not raking or blowing additional leaves into the street or alley.
"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.
On-street parking in the East and North ends of Boise add to the challenge of keeping gutters and storm drains clear because sweeper trucks cannot make tight maneuvers in between parked cars.
Each year ACHD collects the swept leaves at a location in North Boise and later hauls them to a site where they are recycled for free and used as mulch.
ACHD encourages residents to participate in the free fall recycling programs offered in their community. Boise City’s Recycle the Fall curbside program runs November 4 through November 30. 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 at http://www.achdidaho.org/Departments/MO/StreetSweep.aspx.