Hickory — City of Hickory public works crews have collected more than 8 million pounds of leaves during the 2021-2022 leaf season. The crew is geared up and he’s ready to start this year’s loose leaf collection on November 14th.
Curb leaf collection will continue until January 20, 2023, according to the announced schedule. An interactive map is available at https://www.hickorync.gov/leaf-collection to help residents determine quadrant and leaf collection schedules.
Citizens were asked to refrain from raking leaves on curbs until roadside leaf collection officially commenced, and provided clear plastic bags or You will be asked to put the leaves into a 32-gallon container marked “Yard Waste”. Clear plastic bags are available at Hickory City Hall (76 North Center St.) and the Public Services Complex (1441 Ninth Avenue Drive NE). For a small fee, you can book a special reef collection service by calling 828-323-7500.
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2022-23 Curbside Leaf Collection Schedule
Each city collection area has two pickups and the time allotted for each area is based on the number of mature trees and the size of each collection area. This service is labor intensive as it is staffed and weather dependent. Citizens are asked to be patient and understand that pickups may be delayed due to staffing issues or inclement weather. Updates will be provided as needed if service schedules are impacted.
Northwest A – City limits to the west, North Center Street to the east, north of Norfolk Southern Railway, NW 12th Street (Geithner Road), NW 6th Ave, NW 16th S.
Northwest B – All city limits north of 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), Sixth Street NW, 16th Avenue NW, west of North Center Street.
City of Hickory Solid Waste Manager Andrew Valentine said, “It’s important that residents follow our Leaf Pickup Tips to ensure efficient pickup for all citizens and avoid unnecessary delays. It is.”
Tips to keep foliage collection running smoothly throughout Hickory City:
• Check the leaf collection schedule online at https://www.hickorync.gov/leaf-collection.
• Rake all leaves to the curb by the first collection day of the lot. Trucks will start picking up in different areas of the quadrant to ensure efficient service. If you spread fallen leaves after the first day, the fallen leaves may not be collected at the scheduled time.
• Do not mow grass or blow leaves or other debris into the street. It causes many problems.
• Keep leaves away from storm drains and streets to prevent flooding and accidents during rain/snow/ice events.
• Do not park your vehicle on fallen leaves. A hot exhaust system can set the leaves on fire.
• Do not mix junk, litter, stones, brushes (sticks) and leaves. It can damage equipment, delay collection, and cause injury. Mixed piles are considered contaminated and may be subject to special pickup and associated charges.
• Leaves in clear plastic bags or in easy-to-handle open containers such as 32-gallon containers labeled Yard Trash are collected on regular weekly garbage collection days.
• Remember that bagged leaves and yard waste must be placed in clear plastic bags so the crew can distinguish them from junk.
• Use extreme caution when operating your vehicle near leaf collectors. The safety of both residents and reef crew depends on it.
For questions about leaf collection in the City of Hickory, call 828-323-7500.