HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Henrico County will begin its leaf collection efforts starting on Sunday, Nov. 10, with paid and free options.
Free collection is scheduled from Nov. 10 through Feb. 8. Crews will work week-to-week in five zones and there will be two pickups over the course of 10 weeks.
"It comes down like it's raining sometimes,” said Bill Butler, of Henrico.
Butler's lawn was clear of leaves Thursday afternoon, but as of Friday it was covered once again.
“You try to get ahead of it or else they’re up to your nose,” he said.
Butler and his wife Barbara have taken advantage of the free pickup service for years.
“If you don’t you’ve got to take them to the dump yourself,” he said.
“If your zone is next week I’d put out what you can,” said Director of Henrico Public Works Steve Yob.
The collection is automatically provided to residents living in designated zones. Those zones can be viewed, here. Anyone living outside the zones can call (804) 727-8770 to arrange the free collection.
Sunday crews will start bagged leaf collection in "area B".
“Which is north of Patterson and south of Broad Street out in the Tuckahoe Three Chopt area,” Yob said.
For 10 weeks crews will work their way from the West end to the East end collecting bagged leaves.
“It’s important on the bagged leaf front that you pay attention to the weeks that are assigned to your neighborhood,” Yob said. “We don’t have the ability to come back once we sweep an area.”
Bags are to be placed Sunday night along the road or curb to be accessible from the street.
For Butler, a retired Navy veteran, he knows how important it is to stick to a schedule and get those leaves raked up.
“I’d have leaves up to my knees,” he said.
As the weekend approaches, the County hopes residents in “area B” will take advantage of the sunny weather to get their leaves bagged. “We will probably have a lot of bags [by the end of the weekend],” Butler said.
Henrico residents can also call (804) 501-4275 for vacuum service between Nov. 12 through Dec. 30, and again from Feb. 24 through March 31. The service will be $30.
Yob said they typically get around 7,000-8,000 calls for vacuum service every year.
“It’s not uncommon when we get near Thanksgiving and Christmas that everyone wants their yards to look nice and on those weeks, just preceding those holidays we may get 1,000 orders on Monday,” he added. “That’s a lot of work for our crews and contractors to process quickly. My suggestion is get it done as soon as you can, and get in early on the program so we can get that taken care of.”
Bagged leaves will also be accepted at no cost at Henrico’s public-use areas, located at 2075 Charles City Road and 10600 Fords Country Lane. Times for this will be 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 through Feb. 8. Visits at other times will be $3.
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