Hopkinsville Solid Waste Enterprise will soon be starting up its annual leaf collection program.

It was announced Tuesday that leaf collection will begin on Monday, Nov. 1 and continue through Jan. 31, 2022.

As part of the program, leaves are collected by one of two large vacuum trucks that cross each section of Hopkinsville, making two complete passes through each neighborhood and multiple passes on major thoroughfares.

The public is reminded that residential garbage and trash collection routes will continue unaffected during leaf collection season. This means your leaf pick up will not necessarily be the same day you receive regular garbage and trash service. However, leaves placed in plastic bags will be collected on your regular service day.

Again this year, the public may check the HSWE website to see which areas of town crews are working in and when. Visit hoptown.org/leaves for the latest schedule of collection zones and other helpful guidelines during leaf season.

If you have other questions or are a resident who uses compostable bags, call Solid Waste at one of the following numbers to have those bags picked within 48 hours: (270) 887-6245, (270) 887-6244, (270) 887-6246, or (270) 887-6247.

You can help speed up leaf collections by taking note of the following guidelines.

To find out where collection crews are working, be sure to check for leaf collection updates at hoptown.org/leaves, follow progress on Facebook and Twitter, or look out for signs in your neighborhood.

Be ready on collection day. Crews will make a complete pass through the city before beginning their second pass, so it may be several weeks before they are in your area again.

To avoid obstructing proper drainage and causing equipment damage, place leaves curbside and in your yard — not in the drainage ditches or on drainage grates, not on the sidewalks or edges of driveways and streets, not over water meter covers or sewer caps, and not over any other obstructions or items that may be sucked into the vacuum truck.

Do not mix leaves with trash, pumpkins, limbs, brush, sticks, rocks, bricks or the like. Leaves containing these materials may be bypassed in order to prevent equipment damage and collection delays.

Do not wet leaves. Frozen leaves may damage vacuum equipment.

Do not block leaf piles with vehicles.

If you notice drainage grates clogged in your area, please call (270) 890-0600 or visit hoptown.org/help to request cleaning.

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