Video: Curbside Leaf Collection
If you can spend a season picking up leaves, you can do anything in Public Works.
Borough residents have had weekly curbside leaf collection through the Department of Public Works for the last two years.
For leaf collection, DPW head Bob Venezia divides the borough into three zones, and a team of four men with two trucks collect the leaves out of each zone.
It takes three men to operate the leaf vacuum: one to drive the truck, one to operate the hose and another to help rake the leaves into the hose. A fourth man drives the second truck so that once the first truck is filled, the driver can take it to the mulch area south of the middle school and dump the leaves without causing an interruption in the collection.
I drove around with some of the DPW employees in the leaf vacuum this November to show me how the operation works. They said that in the DPW they say that if you can spend a season collecting leaves, you can do anything in the department.
As a cost-saving measure for next fall, the Borough Council decided on Nov. 22 to move leaf collection to three times in the season, which lasts typically from mid-September to early December. Between collections, residents can collect their own leaves in bags, which the borough will provide, and bring them to the mulch area themselves.