Blacksburg fall leaf collection under way


Blacksburg’s loose and bagged leaf collection has begun and will continue through Dec. 9.

The schedule for pickup is as follows: East Side – Oct. 28; West Side – Nov. 4; East Side – Nov. 11; West Side – Nov. 18; Revisit Heavily Forested Areas – Nov. 25; East Side – Dec. 2;

Revisit Heavily Forested Areas – Dec. 9

Loose and bagged leaves are collected each fall for town refuse and recycling customers. The west and east sides of town will receive collection services for a total of six alternating weeks. A seventh week of collection is provided for heavily forested areas, as defined by the town.

Loose leaves will only be collected during this time period. Leaf vacuums and other specialized equipment must be removed from trucks in order to prepare the vehicles for snow removal.

Bagged leaves will be collected as time permits until Feb. 1 each year. Please call 540-443-1200 to inform the Public Works Department of your address and number of bags. Any bagged leaves remaining after Feb. 1 will only be collected only during spring and fall Cleanup.

The guidelines for leaf collection are as follows: 1) Place leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week. Leaves may be bagged or piled. 2) Remove all sticks and yard debris from piles and bags. Only leaves will be collected. Contaminated piles or bags of leaves will not be collected. 3) To prevent loose leaves from blowing, cover piles with old sheets, blankets, or tarps weighted with stones or bricks. 4) Leaf piles must not impede traffic. 5) Leaf collection is for residential refuse and recycling customers only. Town crews will not collect leaves on private roads, private property or in parking lots. Place leaf piles on the edge of the nearest public street.

For more information, contact Blacksburg Public Works at 540-443-1200.