Annual Leaf Collection Program begins, residents urged to only drop off leaves

The city’s annual Leaf Collection Program officially began Friday, Oct. 23, and citizens are urged to make sure they are only dropping off leaves in the bags.

Through Dec. 11, residents can clean up their yards and drop off the bags of green waste. For the length of the program, C&S Waste Solutions will have green waste dumpster at the intersection of Numa Road and Skyline Drive, where residents can take their bagged leaves. Additionally, City Public Works staff is offering to arrange pickup of already bagged leaves for citizens that may be handicapped and/or elderly and are unable to drop off the leaves at the designated location.

City staff loads the leaves into the green waste dumpster with a front-end loader which allows C&S staff to transport the filled green waste dumpsters to the California Correctional Center for composting.

During the Wednesday, Oct. 21 Susanville City Council meeting, Public Works Director Dan Newton stressed the importance for residents to only include leaves in the bags as any other items may be a security risk since the leaves are brought to the California Correctional Center for composting.

When the bagged leaves are transported to CCC, they are opened and spread out in agricultural fields by inmates, and bags that contain items other than leaves create a security risk.

“This free leaf program is in jeopardy if citizens continue to drop bags that contain items other than leaves. It is important for citizens to make sure that only leaves are delivered to the drop off site,” read the agenda item in the council packet.

Members of the city council and even a member praised the program, calling it great and necessary Wednesday.