Compostable bags for the collection and disposal of leaves are available for purchase from Recology Ashland at 170 Oak St. The biodegradable bags usually cost $14.50 for a set of five, which includes curbside pickup of the bags by Recology. Each bag is nearly 3 feet tall and can hold up to 35 pounds of leaves.
For a limited time, the city of Ashland is offering a discount on the bags. Starting Monday, Oct. 22, and continuing through Nov. 2, a set of five bags may be purchased at Recology for $10. The city is subsidizing only a limited number of bags. During this time, bags will be available at a discount with a limit of two sets per household. Purchasers must show identification.
The compostable bags for leaves only will be picked up on regular garbage collection/green debris and recycling days. Customers who do not pay for green debris service will need to call Recology Ashland to schedule the pickup of their bags. Any leftover bags can be used at any point in the year.
Street sweeping is not a community-wide leaf pick-up program. Property owners are responsible for removing and disposing of fallen leaves on their property and adjacent sidewalks and should not blow or rake leaves into the street or right of way.
The prepaid leaf bag program is an opportunity for those who are unable to take advantage of the free leaf collection days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 and Dec. 9 at the Ashland Recycle Center at 220 Water St. Be prepared to empty your bags of leaves yourself and take your bags back home with you.
Keeping leaves out of the street helps improve water quality in streams. The distance between a yard and the water’s edge is as close as the nearest storm drain or ditch.
For more information, call Recology at 541-482-1471 or visit www.recology.com/recology-ashland.
(Oct. 12: Story updated to say sale of the bags does not begin until Oct. 22)