FAIRFIELD — The leaves are turning and soon will be falling, so town officials have announced the annual leaf collection will begin on Monday.

The leaf collection will continue for four weeks for all residents, except for the Greenfield Hill neighborhood. There will be no collection during Thanksgiving week, and the fourth week will be dependent on weather and whether any trees are still holding onto their leaves.

Trucks will come down each street once a week, and in order to ensure bags are collected, they must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on Mondays. If leaf bags are placed along driveways or inside stone walls or fences, they will not be picked up. The paper bags must be placed in the town right-of-way.

Those living in the Greenfield Hill area — north of Hulls Farm Road and west of Burr Street and east of Burr Street and north of Congress Street — should enter a service request at https://www.fairfieldct.org/311/request/add for leaf collection or call the town garage at 203-256-3177 during weeks 1,2 and 4.

Bags must biodegradable paper, and should not be sealed. Leaves left in plastic bags, loose leaves, brush, branches, wood and grass will not be collected.

Residents are also reminded to not rake leaves into the gutter or street, and make an event to keep catch basin grates near their home clear of leaves and debris to prevent flooding.

2018 Leaf Collection Schedule

Week 1 - November 5

Week 2 - November 12

[Thanksgiving Week - no pickup]

Week 3 - November 26

Week 4 - December 10 (tentative)

Residents also have the option of bringing leaves and yard waste to the Harvest New England facility on Richard White Way. The facility will extend its hours from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. A valid beach/dump sticker is required and residents can drop off less than 500 pounds of yard waste for no fee. Those without a sticker or with a load larger than 500 pounds, will be charged the commercial rate.

Information on Harvest New England hours can be found at https://www.fairfieldct.org/harvestnewengland.

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