At the end of October the highway department will then begin to pick up loose leaves ONLY. For districts 1 & 6 only, both loose and bagged leaves will be picked up. Please keep them separated. We understand that in October, the leaves have not begun to fall yet, so please be patient and we will be throughout the town to pick up the leaves through the months of November and December, weather permitting. Living in Upstate New York, we never know what to expect for our weather conditions. If leaves are too wet from the snow or rain, the leaf vacuum can not retrieve them. Also remember that if snow accumulates on the leaves, they will not be visible for the crews. The highway department crews do not ever intentionally drive by the resident's leaves, but because of these factors, they may be missed.
With these factors in mind, if leaves are bagged in biodegradable bags there is less chance of loose leaves being left at curbside. We understand that purchasing these types of bags is an added expense; therefore, the highway department has the opportunity to provide burlap bags to the residents at no additional cost. These bags are available at "first come, first serve". As long as you are a Town of Clay resident, you may pick up the burlap bags in the white shed, located in the parking area on the west side of the building. Due to the location the office staff is not aware of the current inventory of bags. The quantity of burlap bags is limited as our supplier has begun recycling them as well. If there are no bags available we will replenish as soon as the supplier provides them. As we extend this service as a courtesy, the highway department has no knowledge of pending deliveries of burlap bags.
If the snow should fall before your leaves are picked up, we will continue the leaf pick-up as soon as possible. If the leaves are visible after a thaw, and the crews are able to get at them, they will be picked up.
Please have your leaves out in time for our pick up so that the highway crews can continue with their scheduled work as planned.