The Road Department will provide leaf collection services to Township residents beginning the week of November 5th, 2018 and starting work in the Huber subdivision. Leaves are collected only on dedicated public roadways. Leaves are not collected on private roadways. 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. A street map has been color coded to help explain where crews are working each day. Click Here to view the street map.
The program will initially consist of at least 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.
Important Yearly Reminder: 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).
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 following the leaf loader crews daily, but the sweeper is dispatched periodically before, during and after the leaf collection program schedule. Once leaf collection on public 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 stages of heaviest leaf fall or in times of inclement weather, it is not uncommon to have schedule adjustments or longer periods between collection rounds. If winter weather strikes early in the season, township crews must suspend leaf collection in order to treat roadways with rock salt for safe travel. Sometimes the leaf piles become snow covered and crews must wait until some of the snow melts off the streets and leaf piles before leaf collection resumes. The township vehicles and staff used to collect leaves are also used in snow and ice control.
Residents are encouraged to mulch leaves during the fall months to supply turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn the following spring. Mulching leaves helps reduce costs for leaf collection and allows more money to be spent on other uses such as roadway resurfacing, roadway maintenance or park maintenance. 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 their leaves during the fall months to supply turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn. Mulching leaves helps reduce costs for leaf collection and allows more money to be spent on other uses such as roadway resurfacing, roadway maintenance or park maintenance. 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.
Since roughly 1970 Miami Township had provided trash service and leaf collection through the support of two property tax levies. These levies covered the cost for household trash collection, leaf collection and material recycling services for Miami Township residents. In 2012, residents voted down one of the two levies which required the township to change the way it provides service.
As of June 1, 2013, the waste disposal program in Miami Township moved to a residential fee system. Contracts are negotiated by the township every three years (with two option years available) to secure the lowest rate for all residents of the community. Residents are billed directly by the waste hauler quarterly if they choose to have the service. Residents may opt out of the program by calling the waste hauler directly. Miami Township receives no compensation, franchise fees or benefits from this contract.
Due to the Trash Levy failure in 2012, the expenses to collect leaves are not reimbursed to the General Fund and are now an unfunded additional expense to Miami Township's budget. Modifications to the Leaf Collection program were necessary to minimize the negative monetary impact on the General Fund budget. The program's 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. To find out more about the history of the trash levy and the current contract Click Here.
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.