The D.C. Department of Public Works began its leaf-collection program Monday, collecting leaves at least twice from each residential neighborhood by “vacuuming” loose leaves residents rake into their treebox.
The leaves will then be sent for composting.
In neighborhoods with alley trash/recycling collections, bagged leaves may be placed where trash and recycling are collected. Residents bagging their leaves should use paper bags.
Leaf collections reduce potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves and prevents catch basins and storm drains from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains, authorities said.