Due to the Trash Levy failure in 2012, the expenses to collect leaves are not reimbursed to the General Fund and now an unfunded additional expense to Miami Township's budget. Modifications to the Leaf Collection program are necessary to minimize the negative monetary impact on the General Fund budget. The programs budget has been reduced from over $100,000 in 2009 to approximately $75-90,000 in 2014 and beyond. Reduction in funding resonates through a reduction in services, but the Public Works Department continually assesses operations to maximize efficiency.
The Road Department will provide leaf collection services to Township residents beginning November 5th, 2018 and starting work in the Huber subdivision. Please refer to the link on the left titled "Weekly Updates" to view daily collection schedules and a summary of the route progression throughout the Township.
The program will initially consist of two complete rounds of leaf collection, but adjustments to the schedule will be made if necessary. The final round will begin after November 26th, 2018. Please have all leaves curbside by November 26th to ensure leaves are collected regardless of the actual day crews arrive on your street. The Board of Trustees may elect to extend the program if atypical leaf fall occurs throughout the Township.
Crews will begin the final round in the Huber subdivision and work north to south completing all roadways. Due to continued budgetary constraints, the street sweeper will not be incorporated into the collection program. Once leaf collection on roadways concludes, crews will concentrate on debris removal in the 2,400 storm water inlets and will be converting vehicles for use in winter weather operations. Please contact Rumpke Customer Service after 1/1/2018 at (800) 828-8171 for questions regarding disposal of leaves after crews have completed the final round of collection.
During the heaviest stage of leaf fall or times of inclement weather, it is not uncommon to have long periods between rounds. The department may adjust to a 6 day work and/ or 10 hour per day work schedule in order to accelerate the collection process. Residents are encouraged to mulch leaves during the fall months to supply turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn. Mulching can be accomplished by raising the deck of the lawnmower and installing a blade designed for this activity. It is a free way to naturally fertilize your yard. Composting leaves is another suggested method of creating natural fertilizer for plants and lawns.
Residents are encouraged to mulch the leaves when possible during the fall months to supply turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn. Mulching can be accomplished by raising the deck of the mower and installing a blade designed for this activity. It is a free way to fertilize your yard.
To help maximize efficiencies in the collection program:
- Mulch or rake leaves often.
- Place leaf piles at the back of the curb. Leaves should not be placed in the roadway. Placing leaf piles in the roadway creates a safety hazard and potential liability to the responsible individual(s).
- Do not place leaves in front of or directly into storm water catch basins. Leaves blocking the basin opening will prohibit proper roadway drainage and leaves placed in the basin will clog drain tiles. Drain tiles on private property (beyond right-of-way) are the responsibility of the property owner for clearing obstructions.
- Avoid mixing grass clippings (free fertilizer too), sticks, and other debris in with the leaves. Crews will not pick up leaf piles which contain these items.
- Properly bag leaves for collection by Rumpke on the scheduled collection day. Township crews will not collect bagged leaves placed curbside.
- Avoid parking vehicles on or near the leaf piles. Crews report and record all obstacles that hinder the ability to collect leaves by noting the nearest home address. Parking vehicles on dry leaves may create a fire hazard.
If there is very little precipitation throughout the summer and fall in the Miami Valley, the leaf collection process will be extremely dusty until adequate rainfall coats the dry leaves. Crews will keep the leaf machine engines turned down to minimum levels and will install a double screen system to reduce the leaf dust.
Please have all leaves curbside by November 26th to ensure leaves are collected regardless of the actual day crews arrive on your street. Road crews will be converting leaf trucks over for snow removal operations and will begin the process of cleaning and inspecting all storm water basins throughout the entire Township. Please contact Rumpke, at (800) 828-8171, for questions regarding disposal of tree leaves after the second and final round has concluded.
We thank all residents choosing to mulch or compost leaves and encourage others to consider this option of debris disposal. Mulching supplies the turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn, lowers program expenses, and accelerates the collection process. Mulching can be accomplished by raising the deck of the lawnmower and installing a blade designed for this activity.
Montgomery County Solid Waste District
Montgomery County residents may dispose of yard waste for free at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District Transfer and Recycling Facility, located at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine. Drop off hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.