Southlake residents will be able to recycle their bags of fallen leaves this year rather than sending them to landfills.
At the Southlake City Council meeting on November 1, Public Works Deputy Director Lauren LaNeve announced that the city will continue its annual leaf recycling program this fall and winter. Residents may leave the bagged leaves on the curb until a designated date to collect for recycling.
Collection dates for the program are November 9th, November 16th, December 7th, December 14th, January 11th and January 18th.
“This is an opportunity to save space in landfills, do something good for the planet, and remove those leaves from everyone’s gardens,” LaNeve said.
The city’s waste and recycler, Republic Services, can always collect the bagged leaves, but they go to landfills, LaNeave said. More than 1,500 tons of leaves have been diverted from landfills over the course of the program, she said.
To participate in the program, residents must put bags of leaves to the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day, according to the city’s website. Bags must be physically separated from other solid waste, and any type of bag can be used.
There is no limit to the number of bags residents can recycle, but authorities require residents with more than 25 bags to notify the city in advance, LaNeave said. For more information on the program, please visit the City’s Garbage and Recycling website.