It’s that time of year. Cold and windy temperatures mean the leaves are falling fast, and Southampton Town’s highway department has begun its annual leaf pickup program.
Town workers will make only one pass down each street, and all leaves must be packed in biodegradable paper bags. Loose piles of leaves will be bypassed unless the property owner has informed the department that they are senior citizens or have a special need that poses a hardship.
Sag Harbor Village’s own leaf pickup program continues through this week. Village residents can leave loose leaves at curbside, which are being picked up by village workers, who have been covering each village street weekly. No brush will be picked up in the village.
Town residents who hire landscapers to haul away their leaves can receive a voucher from the town that allows that contractor to bring up to 8 cubic yards of laves to the town’s transfer stations in North Sea, Hampton Bays or Westhampton. Vouchers are available by fax or by calling the highway department.
Residents who don’t get their leaves out in time are allowed to bring them to any of the town’s transfer stations, except the one south of Sag Harbor, year-round free of charge.
The town will not pick up brush as part of the fall cleanup, but residents can bring branches up to 3 inches in diameter to the transfer stations for free until December 31.
For more information about the town’s program, call its leaf program hotline at (631) 702-2585.