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WEST HAVEN, July 11, 2018 — Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and acting Public Works Commissioner Lou Esposito are asking for residents’ patience as city workers continue to pick up leaf bags and brush.
Rossi and Esposito said the weekly pickups are being done solely by the city’s regular public works employees during their normal working hours.
“Lou and I are aware of the issues and are requesting the patience of residents while our staff continues their pickups,” Rossi said.
Because some municipal workers were laid off, the city is prohibited from hiring seasonal help that has supplemented maintenance in the past. As a result, the Department of Public Works — the Highway and Park Maintenance divisions — must use their limited resources carefully, Rossi said.
Esposito said the June 29 furlough day for West Haven’s public employees as well as the July 4 holiday and the threat of flash flooding on July 6 disrupted the usual pickup schedule. Both June 29 and July 6 were Fridays, which particularly impacted residents in the 9th and 10th districts whose normal pickup day is Friday, he said.
Esposito is reminding residents to place only leaves and grass clippings in their biodegradable bags. Brush and branches should be tied in small bundles. Logs and stumps will not be picked up.
“Crews will not pick up leaf bags containing anything other than leaves and grass clippings,” Esposito said. “No sticks, no branches, no sand, no rocks, no dirt. Also, please do not expect your leaf bags to be picked up if you put them out late.”
All leaf bags and brush are disposed of at the city’s compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave., where a machine grinds them into compost. Compost is free with proof of residence.
Esposito pointed out that residents can also bring bagged leaves, grass clippings and untied brush to the compost site from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
Detailed information about the city’s trash and recycling guidelines is available at Public Works.