The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program is changing to give residents a more customized service that will help keep leaves out of the landfill.
Between October 3 and November 24, residents can call 403-320-3850 during business hours to request a pick up for their fall leaves.
"We listened to feedback from residents and changed the program so it's much simpler than before," says Allyson Racz, Waste Recycling Technician at the City of Lethbridge. "Previously, residents had to coordinate their leaf collection date with their garbage collection date in a complicated calendar system that sometimes created confusion."
Staff will provide an approximate collection date when the service is requested. Residents can request up to two collections.
"The program is designed to make recycling more accessible and promote the benefits of recycling leaves into compost," says Racz. "Typically we collect from homes with a lot of leaves or from those that may not have a vehicle to transport their leaves to the Yard Waste Recycling sites. But any resident can request the service."
The Residential Fall Leaf Collection program only accepts leaves in paper yard waste bags so leaves and bags can be composted together, reducing landfill waste. These bags are available for purchase at retail stores throughout Lethbridge. Alternatively, residents may choose to make their own compost or mulch at home or drop off their leaves at any of the three City of Lethbridge Yard Waste Recycling sites, which remain open until November 30.
For more information, please visit
www.lethbridge.ca/FallLeafCollection or call Public Operations at 403-320-3850.
Allyson Racz, Waste Reduction Technician
City of Lethbridge