by Claire Walla
It’s fall, and you know what that means: another round of the Town Leaf Pick-up Program. (That is, of course, unless you live in East Hampton Town, in which case this will be the second year without town-sponsored leaf pick-up.)
Facing a few changes this year, all aimed at streamlining the town-wide pick-up cycle, Southampton Town Highway Supervisor Alex Gregor has crafted a program that offers residents two options: bag or loose-leaf.
For those hoping to take advantage of the town’s curbside collection, all leaves will have to be placed in biodegradable paper bags. According to a press release issued by the Highway Department, plastic bags will not be accepted, nor will brush. Although, from November 15 to December 31 town transfer stations in North Sea, Hampton Bays and Westhampton will be accepting branches up to three inches in diameter, free of charge.
The highway department suggests residents already have bagged leaves sitting by the side of the road and ready for inspection by now, because the collection cycle will only be completed once. While the leaf pick-up program kicked-off on Monday, November 14, the Sag Harbor area — including Noyac Road and Mount Misery — is in district five, of six, and will be one of the last stops on the pick-up route.
For those poised to keep their leaves free from paper bags, residents will be able to take part in a voucher program that will allow them to self-haul piles of loose leaves to one of the various leaf drop-off locations. The closest locale for the Sag Harbor area has been set-up by the town at the end of Wildwood Road. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to the highway department, no more than eight cubic yards will be accepted per household. And residents must have a voucher in order to self-haul — though private contractors will be permitted to haul leaves for residents with use of that resident’s voucher. To obtain leaf vouchers, contact the Southampton Town Highway Department at 728-3600 for details,
If you live in the village of Sag Harbor — which runs a pick-up program of its own — you have about one more week to make the cut. The village has been going through its pick-up routine during the month of November, making stops at each house per week, and will conclude its pick-up service at the end of the month. For this program, one need only leave a pile of loose leaves by the side of the road.