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Nov 9, 2011 6:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Leaf Pickup Kicks Off On Monday; Residents Won't Need Vouchers To Self-Haul Leaves

Nov 9, 2011 10:45 AM

With the Southampton Town leaf pickup program set to begin this Monday, November 14, Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said this week that there was a “misunderstanding” about a key aspect of the new system, one requiring residents to obtain vouchers to dump their leaves for free at the town’s transfer stations.

While it was advertised and announced that all residents would be required to obtain a voucher from the Highway Department, Mr. Gregor said on Tuesday that only residents who are paying a landscaper to haul their leaves will be required to obtain a voucher, which would allow the landscaper to dump the leaves from their property for free at a transfer station.

Town residents who haul their own leaves can continue to do so for free at the Hampton Bays, Westhampton and North Sea transfer stations, with no limit on how many times they can make trips to the transfer stations. Residents will be asked for proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, by transfer station employees.

“I’m sorry there’s confusion,” Mr. Gregor said. “That was my intention all along.”

It had been advertised on the town’s website, and in a letter from Mr. Gregor published as an advertisement in The Press, that all town residents would be required to obtain vouchers to self-haul leaves.

Unlike last year’s program, no loose leaves will be accepted at curbside by the Town Highway Department this year. Town trucks will do a curbside pickup of leaves contained in biodegradable bags only. No plastic bags will be accepted.

The exception is residents 73 years or older, or those with special needs, who can call the Highway Department at (631) 728-3600, ext. 2585, to make arrangements for curbside pickup of loose leaves, Mr. Gregor said. About 370 households have registered to have their leaves picked up in loose piles under the special provision, he added, and a couple of hundred 
homes have registered for vouchers.

Town residents also will be granted an amnesty from the town’s Waste Management Department. Transfer stations will accept branches up to 3 inches in diameter free of charge from November 15 to December 31.

Mr. Gregor is advising residents to mow their leaves over before bagging them in an effort to keep volume low. “It reduces the volume at each individual house by 60 percent,” he said.

The town will begin picking up the biodegradable bags on Monday in all six highway districts. Eight highway workers will work to collect leaves in each district:

In District 1, workers will begin in Quiogue and work their way west to Eastport.

Collection in District 2 will begin in the Northampton/Wildwood Lake area and will move to Riverside and Flanders before moving into East Quogue.

District 3 covers Hampton Bays, and collection begins on the north side of Montauk Highway on Red Creek Road heading south, and then workers will move to the south side and complete all roads west of Ponquogue Avenue before moving east.

District 4 coverage begins in Shinnecock Hills at the Lobster Inn and works down North Highway toward the Shinnecock Canal. The crew will then head down Montauk Highway east toward Tuckahoe before moving into North Sea and ending on Head of Pond Road, north of Deerfield Road.

District 5 spans Noyac Road from Majors Path east to the Sag Harbor Village line.

District 6 covers the entire south side of Water Mill to Sagaponack, in addition to the north side of Water Mill from Deerfield Road east to Sagaponack.

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how long will those paper bags left curbside last before they fall apart? My dad in EQ didn't have his leaves picked up until springtime. Bags won't last until then.
By baywave (22), Westhampton Beach on Nov 15, 11 12:38 PM
I've noticed this year that more people are not bothering to clean and curb the leaves that have fallen on the road in front of their properties. I suppose to keep down the volume of leaves that they have to cope with. "what falls on the road the town can keep" attitude. Will the Highway department be sweeping these up to avoid the unsafe road conditions? Could these unsafe road conditions result in potential lawsuits?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Nov 16, 11 1:13 PM