News From the Town of Colonie
Paula A. Mahan
Town to Extend Lawn and Leaf Pick-Up
Newtonville , N.Y. – The Town of Colonie will continue to collect leaves for Town residents past the previously announced November 19 cut-off date.
“We want to get the word out that our Town crews will still be out picking up leaves, although not on a regular weekly schedule,” said Town Supervisor Paula A. Mahan.
“This fall's mild weather seems to have kept leaves on the trees later than usual, causing many residents to worry that they would miss their pick-up,” the Supervisor said.
“In addition, anyone who still needs leaves or other yard waste picked up can call us, and we will make sure a crew gets out to them,” said Jack Cunningham, the Town's Public Works Commissioner.
Weekly curbside collection service, provided by a vendor under terms of a competitive bid, is provided free to Town residents from early spring to late fall, this year beginning on April 12 and ending on November 19.
In both 2009 and 2010, the Town shortened the regular weekly service by two weeks to cut costs, for a two-year savings of $69,000.
“We are working every day to find new ways to provide the highest quality services to our residents with the least possible impact on our taxpayers,” said Supervisor Mahan.
Town crews will continue collecting leaves until the end of November (providing there is no major snowfall) in order to keep the streets clear of leaves and maintain public safety, said Cunningham.
Recycled yard waste brought to the Town of Colonie Landfill produces about 25,000 tons of compost each year, which is made available to Town residents free of charge.
Anyone wishing to schedule curbside pick-up should call the Environmental Services Department at 783-2827.