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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Leaf Pick Up Starts November 8, 2021

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Leaf Pick Up Starts November 8, 2021
City Recommends Green Bag Program for Fastest Leaf Pick Up
 

The City of Tullahoma Public Works Department will begin on Monday, November 8 to run the city’s leaf routes. A leaf route schedule is located at https://www.tullahomatn.gov/207/Leaf-Collection. Due to weather conditions, the timing is not exact, but residents can monitor the progress as the list is updated daily, and residents should have their leaves to the street so that Public Works crews can pick up the leaves.

 Public Works recommends the green bag program (or bio degradable bags) for fastest leaf collection. Leaves bagged in biodegradable green bags and placed at the curb will be picked up in about 72 hours once a pick-up request has been made to Public Works. These bags can be purchased at City Hall (green bags are no longer available at Public Works). Call Public Works at 454-1768 to request bags to be picked up. 

 Loose Leaf Collection

Leaves raked to the curb or your side of the ditch will be picked up by Public Works. In order to efficiently cover the entire city, the Department works two to three sections of the city at a time. Public Works plans to cover each neighborhood of the city at least three times during the collection program.

 “Please watch for our crews and slow down and be cautious,” said Public Works Director, Butch Taylor. “We will get the leaves picked up, and we ask that you be sure that your piles are free from large debris that could break the equipment. When the equipment breaks, it is costly and slows the process for all residents,” he continued.

 Public Works also reminds residents to not block drains with leaves because this causes flooding in heavy rains.

Last season the City of Tullahoma collected over 1,500 tons of leaves. 

Leaves should be raked as close to the street or existing ditches as possible, but not into the street or ditch.  If there is a ditch, leaves should be left on the property owner's side of the ditch. Crews will gather all leaves raked for collection in this manner. Public Works ask that residents be patient during peak times.

Helpful tips:

  • Please rake your leaves curbside as soon as possible;
  • Please do not place your leaves more than five feet from the curb or shoulder (unless there is a ditch);
  • Please do not block storm drain inlets. It may cause flooding.
  • Please do not mix tree limbs or stumps, metal, lumber or any other debris with your leaves. This may injure our employees or damage the equipment.
  • In order to progress as quickly as possible, the crews will not be able to go back to areas to pick up leaves placed behind them. 

 

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