ASHLAND -- The city of Ashland will officially begin collecting leaves in residential areas on Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming winter season.
Every autumn season, the city collaborates with its residents to prevent hazardous road conditions by collecting fallen leaves left on curbsides.
Claremont Avenue, West Main Street and Smith Road are the primary routes to be tended during the first week of the city's leaf pickup. Week one will also include numerous alternative streets on the southwest side portion fo the city.
To find out when your street is scheduled for leaf collection, check out the following map as a reference for streets and gathering dates.
Residents in Ashland are asked to rake their leaves to the curb or berm before 7:00 a.m. on their street's scheduled day. Community members are reminded to be careful not to rake the leaves onto the street, as this causes traffic hazards and can clog or damage storm sewers.
Participators should also place the piles at least three feet away from other obstructions such as trees, road signs or parked vehicles. These piles are for leaves only, so residents should be sure there is no rocks, yard waste or other debris juxtaposed within the leaves.
If members of the community have any additional yard waste items such as grass, mulch, brush trimmings or mulch, they have two options to dispose it: They can either place the yard waste into the appropriate paper yard waste bag labeled with the corresponding yard waste sticker and call the City Services Department at 419-289-9791 to schedule a pickup time, or residents can drop off yard waste bags at the Sanitation Department at 1674 Cleveland Avenue between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.
Ashland was divided into five sections for the leaf collection, with each section being visited twice within the next ten weeks. More information can be found at the city's website.