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City of Paducah issues leaf season guidelines


The City of Paducah will begin their 2015 leaf season program.

The city said if possible, mulching leaves is a good option since the mulched leaves provide nutrients to flowerbeds, lawns and gardens and help the environment by reducing waste. However, if mulching is not an option or if your yard still has an excess of leaves, the guidelines for leaf collection for residents and for commercial lawn service organizations are listed below.

The burning of leaves is banned in the city.

City officials say residents should bag their leaves for collection. Leaves that are not bagged will not be collected. Residents may use any type of yard or trash bag for their leaves.

Leaf bag collection guidelines include:

  • Leaf and brush collection will occur on Monday across the city. If a homeowner has five bags of leaves or less, those bags can be collected with their trash on the designated trash collection day. If a homeowner misses the Monday collection day or has more than five bags of leaves, they can wait until the following Monday for collection or call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567 to schedule a pick-up.
  • City residents can drop bags of leaves off at the Compost Facility at 1560 North 8th Street during business hours at no charge. The Compost Facility is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Do no include grass clippings, brush, trash, construction materials, etc. with the leaves. Bags that have any of these materials mixed with the leaves will not be collected.
  • Place bags next to the road for easy pick up. Do not place bags behind obstacles such as parked vehicles, trees, mailboxes, fire hydrants or streetlights.
  • Bags should not be placed in the street, gutter, ditches or any drainage way. Also do not rake or use a leaf blower to move leaves to the gutter. This will obstruct the flow of storm water runoff when it rains.
  • Leaf collection will be postponed during any inclement weather conditions

According to city leaders, leaf vacuuming will be done periodically in city rights-of-way. Residents who cannot bag their leaves should make arrangements with friends or family or a commercial law service to have their leaves bagged. The city does not maintain an elderly or handicap list for leaf collection.

They say commercial lawn service organizations working for Paducah residents during leaf season are to remove the leaves from the premises and dispose of them properly.

City leaders say you can check Code of Ordinances Sec. 42-49 for additional information.

The commercial organization will be asked to show its City of Paducah business license and provide the address of the Paducah residence where it has been working.

According to Paducah Code of Ordinances Sec. 98-31:

"The property owner shall be responsible for maintaining, in a clean and sanitary condition, the sidewalk, ditches, curbs and gutters, driveway pipes, drainage pipes and unpaved/undeveloped portions of rights-of-way abutting such premises, and for keeping the aforementioned in good repair."

For more information about the 2015 leaf collection program in Paducah, you can call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567 or click here to visit the city online.

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