SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Springfield’s residential yard waste and leaf pick up is in full swing now that it’s raking season. But you have to properly pack up your leaves for the city to pick them up.
Springfield will pick up your leaves on your regularly scheduled recycling day this fall, but must be set out before 6:30 a.m.
The leaves have to be in a paper bag or a plastic container: no plastic bags. Your 30-gallon plastic barrel must weigh no more than 50 pounds.
The DPW will collect leaves and yard waste during the months of April until December.
“It got cold and the leaves now are really turning and there’s a lot of, you know, raking,” Terry Keeler from Holyoke told 22News. “It’s falling now, more now, they’re getting wet…We still have enough that we’ll be raking probably until the end of — middle of November I will say.”
Property owners must clear the leaves from storm drains that line their yard. Many homeowners have the work done by professionals.
“Yes it’s definitely getting busier,” William Golaski, the General Manager at G&M Landscaping, explained to 22News. “The rain and the wind has brought down a lot of leaves down so calls are definitely on the increase.”
Wet weather definitely makes leaf pick-up a lot harder, and how long the leaves take to dry up depends on the weather following the rain — whether sunny or cloudy.
Golaski said it’s much easier to use a leaf blower instead of a rake. The bag must be at the end of your driveway between the sidewalk and street. And make sure you don’t seal the bag with tape as it’s not recyclable.
Springfield and Agawam residents can also bring their leaves to Bondi’s Island drop-off at no charge. For more information on drop-off hours you can visit the DPW website.
The city also wants you to know that you could face a fine if you sweep leaves into the street.