Get your leaves into the street – Concord curbside collection has begun

  • The new leaf collection system moves up Sewell Falls Road in Concord on Thursday, November 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The new leaf collection system moves up Sewell Falls Road in Concord on Thursday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • The new leaf collection system moves up Sewell Falls Road in Concord on Thursday, November 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The new leaf pickup system was put into place so workers could keep distance from each other.

  • The new leaf collection system moves up Sewell Falls Road in Concord on Thursday, November 5, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 11/8/2020 8:56:47 PM

Concord’s unique leaf-collection system, which is unique in a different way this year, has started and is on schedule.

“I think it’s going to play out same as two years ago – we’re on an every-other-year schedule – depending on the weather, of course,” said Chip Chesley, director of General Services for the city.

Concord was the only place in New Hampshire that vacuumed up curbside leaves into a truck, but it sidelined that system this year because it requires three or four people working closely together to rake the leaves together. COVID-19 required a rethink of that process.

This year, homeowners have to rake all their leaves into the street, where they are gathered up by what looks like a snowblower, which fires them into a truck. One staffer accompanies the machine to rake or blow errant leaves into the machine’s path.

Requiring all leaves to be raked into the street, rather than lying up on the sidewalk, narrows passageway for vehicles. Chesley said the city has not seen or heard any traffic-related issues so far.

As for the comparative success of scraping up leaves with machinery blades as compared to sucking them up with a huge vacuum, Chesley said the results seem comparable.

“We take a look at what the street looks like before hand and after we’ve done the work,” he said.

Chesley said the city will decide later whether to return to vacuuming or continue with this system next year.

For details about leaf collection, check the website concordnh.gov/545/Leaf-Collection




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