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Kingsport Streets and Sanitation Division has requests for leaf rakers

October 19th, 2013 7:52 pm by Staff Report

Kingsport Streets and Sanitation Division has requests for leaf rakers

Working on Oakwood Street, Kingsport Streets and Sanitation Division crew member Terry Jennings vacuums some of the 1,700 to 2,000 tons of leaves the city will collect during this years leaf season. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — City Streets and Sanitation Division crews are now on the job with the start of leaf season last week.

For Kingsport residents about to start raking, the city asks that you do the following.

• Place leaves at the edge of your yard, not in the street.

• Keep all leaf piles clean and free of trash, limbs or other yard debris. This will help speed collection times.

• Bagged leaves are acceptable as well, and should be placed at curbside on the customer’s regularly scheduled trash collection day, every other week.

Kingsport is divided into six zones for the pickup with seven trucks assigned to the task.

Depending on volume and the availability of equipment, the general time frame for free curbside service can run as short as a week to as long as two weeks. Bulk leaf collection will continue until about Jan. 15.

Leaves are taken to the city’s demolition landfill where they are composted and then used on city projects and sold to the general public. Normally, the Streets and Sanitation department averages between 1,700 and 2,000 tons of leaves collected annually.

For more information on where trucks are working each day, call the Leaf Line at 224-2429.

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