Only Spring Leaf Pickup Day is Saturday

leaf-bagsThe one and only leaf pickup day this spring is coming up this weekend.

The pickup will be on Saturday, May 13. There will not be another roadside pickup day in Hamilton until the fall.

All leaves must be on the side of the road by 7 a.m. on Saturday. There will be multiple trucks picking up leaves simultaneously across town. Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags or trash cans. Only leaves can be put out and no brush, branches or grass clippings will be collected.

Leaves will not be picked up as part of the compost program.

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2017 Trash Pickup Calendar Available, Includes Holidays, E-Waste and Brush Drop-off Dates

img_20160831_093034912As you look ahead to 2017, here’s an important calendar you may want to have handy – the Hamilton trash collection calendar.

Pickup days will continue to be weekly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Hamilton, depending on your street. All trash, compost and recycling must be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

In addition to the black container, blue bags can be used for extra trash. One large item, such as a mattress or sofa, can be placed curbside each week.

The 2017 calendar shows holidays, when pickup is delayed by a day, plus e-waste collection days at the DPW yard and brush drop-off days at the Chebacco Road landfill. Additionally, it includes curbside leaf collection dates and the annual household hazardous waste collection day.

If your trash, organics, and recycling is not picked up on your scheduled day, contact Casella Waste Systems, the town’s trash contractor, at 978-548-4427.

Final Pickup Day for Leaves is Dec. 12

IMG_3096The final day for roadside leaf pickup this fall in Hamilton is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12.

The pickup date has been pushed back by a week from the date publicized earlier this fall. Leaf pickup will happen across the town of Hamilton on Dec. 12. Make sure all leaves are roadside by 7 a.m. because there will be multiple trucks picking up the leaves simultaneously across town.  Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags or trash bags. Pickup will only be for leaves. There will be no collection of brush, branches or glass clippings.

There will not be any additional pickups scheduled before spring 2016 and leaves will not be picked up as part of the compost program.

Reminder: No Burning Leaves This Fall

Leaves cannot be burned at any time, according to Fire Chief Phil Stevens, who has issued a reminder after getting several questions this fall about the burning laws.

Burning Leaves“Many people have asked about burning leaves,” Stevens said. “Leaves cannot be burned at any time.”

Burning of leaves is banned statewide. Leaves do not burn as “cleanly” as the materials that may legally be burned and produce acrid smoke that causes nuisance conditions and threatens people’s health, according to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

In addition, grass, hay, stumps and tires are also not allowed to ever be burned.

Also, brush cannot be burned this fall. The next open burning season will run from Jan. 15 to May 1, when only brush can be burned with a permit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two Roadside Leaf Pickup Dates Set for This Fall

LeavesLeaf pickup will happen across the town of Hamilton on two Saturday mornings this fall – Nov. 14 and Dec. 5. Make sure all leaves are roadside by 7 a.m. because there will be multiple trucks picking up the leaves simultaneously across town.  Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags or trash bags. Pickup will be only for leaves. There will be no collection of brush, branches or glass clippings.

There will not be any additional pickups scheduled prior to spring of 2016 and leaves will not be picked up as part of the compost program.