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CHANGES FOR LEAF PICK UP
The Village of Canastota is initiating a new program for the pickup and recycling of leaves. Effective immediately, all Village residents are encouraged to us paper leaf bags for the collection of leaves. The paper leaf bags will allow the leaves and the bags to be composted and turned back into soil.
Currently, leaves have been placed in plastic bags for pickup at the curb by the DPW. This has created a massive job of cutting open the plastic bags, dumping out the leaves and then the plastic bags landfilled. We estimate that the DPW employees handle over 10, 000 bags per year.
The Village continually works toward being environmentally friendly and because plastic bags are not biodegradable, and the handling associated with utilizing plastic bags, property owners are asked to help us in this effort. The paper leaf bags can easily be found at all local retailers including Kime’s Do It Best Hardware, Tops, Lowes, and Walmart. As of August 1, 2016 it will be mandatory to use only paper bags for leaves, thereby allowing the Village to compost both the leaves and the bags.