Leaf Collection Weekly Updates

Leaf Map 2018

Introduction

The 2020 Leaf Collection Program will include minor schedule adjustments to compensate for the COVID-19 health and safety measures for staff. Crews may be sporadically collecting the largest leaf piles throughout the Township before the official start date of November 2, 2020. The Road Department will "officially" begin the 2020 Leaf Collection Program in the week of November 2nd and start in the northern most section of the Township, near the City of Kettering / Moraine borders. Two leaf loaders will be used initially and a 3rd leaf loader and crew will join the process as necessary. The Leaf Collection Program requires the use of all 8 full-time hourly Road Department staff and potentially Parks Department staff 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. As explained on the Leaf Collection Program main web page due to the Trash Levy defeat 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.

Miami Township collects leaves only on public roadways. The majority of the 10,000+ households in the Township use this service for disposal of tree leaves. Crews complete at least 2 collection cycles on every street in the 91 mile public roadway network. We wanted to thank all residents choosing to mulch or compost leaves this year and encourage others to consider this option. 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.

The collection cycles will proceed through the Township as follows:

  1. Huber subdivision- Stroop Road to Alex Bell Road (Near City of Moraine- Pink Area in Map Above) 
  2. Spring Valley subdivision- Alex Bell Road to Cox Arboretum (West side of SR 741- Lime Green in Map)
  3. Singing Hills/ Brendonwood subdivision- Washington Twp Border (East side of SR 741-Yellow in Map)
  4. Vienna Park subdivision- SR 741 east to Mad River Road (Dark Orange in Map)
  5. Kingswood subdivision- Both sides of Mad River Road (North of the Dayton Mall-Purple in Map)
  6. Villages of Miami subdivision- SR 741 to Washington Church Road (South of the Dayton Mall- Light Blue in Map)
  7. Crains Run subdivision- Off Miamisburg Springboro Road & Crains Run Road (Red in Map)
  8. Quail Creek subdivision- Entrances at Medlar Road (Near Pipestone Golf Course- (Red in Map)
  9. Rural Roadways- East and West of Great Miami River (Blue in Map)
  10. Chautauqua subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Near City of Carlisle- Blue in Map)
  11. Bear Creek Estates subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Blue in Map)

To help maximize efficiencies in the collection program:

  • Mulch or rake leaves often. Mulching supplies the turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn, lowers program expenses, and accelerates the collection process.
  • 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. Again, leaves should not be raked into the street, including the curb and gutter area of the street. 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 covered with limbs or leaf piles with limbs under the leaves. Limbs and other debris will clog the leaf machine’s vacuum hose or damage internal parts. Crews must stop the collection process to free debris from the machine or wait for mechanics to repair damaged machines. Delays in the collection process due to these situations will cause delays in the daily schedules.
  • 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.
  • Do not rake leaves into the street. Raking leaves into the roadway will cause delays in the collection process. These piles raked into the street will be compacted by precipitation and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves are much easier to collect if the piles are properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

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. Miami Township residents may dispose of yard waste per Rumpke collection requirements. Please contact Rumpke Customer Service at (800) 828-8171 for details.

Click Here to read an article in Montgomery County Environmental Services Quarterly Newsletter regarding the proper disposal of yard waste.

2020 Schedule Activity:

Week of October 12, 2020 

Crews converted vehicles and prepared equipment for use in leaf collection. Subdivisions were evaluated for raked leaf piles.  Crews will begin the first unofficial round on October 19.

Week of October 19, 2020 (Unofficial Round #1)

Crews began the unofficial round of leaf collection in the Huber subdivision (Pink in above map) and Spring Valley subdivision (Lime Green in above map) in the rain on October 20. Crews continued in Huber on the 21st and moved into the Singing Hills subdivision (Yellow in above map). Crews finished the week in the Vienna Park subdivision (Orange in above map) and will continue to move south and west throughout the Township next week.

Week of October 26, 2020 (Unofficial Round #1)

Crews collected largest leaf piles this week throughout the Township.

Week of November 2, 2020 (Round #2)

Activity pending.

2019 Note: The overwhelming majority of leaves raked into the streets will be extremely difficult to pick up. Leaves will be compacted by the precipitation and by cars parking and driving on the leaf piles raked into the street. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were raked to the proper location behind the curb, not in the roadway. 

Week of November 9, 2020 (Round #2 Continued)

Activity pending.

2019 Note: Trees have dropped leaves early and almost simultaneously this year so most leaves are now on the ground. We ask for your patience as crews work to complete the first round. All township resources are being utilized and temporary staff from an independent agency have been hired to support road crews in collecting the large volume of leaves from the majority of the 10,000 township households. Collecting leaves may be a challenge later in the week if forecasted ice or snow showers move into the region. The vast majority of leaves have been raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street have been compacted by the winter weather and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of November 16, 2020 (Round #2 Continued)

Activity pending.

Yearly note: This week typically starts the largest volume of leaves to be collected for the season. Most of the varying tree species have dropped all leaves or are well into the process of leaf drop. Waxy leafed tree species are typically the last to drop leaves. We ask residents to please be patient with potential delays in the collection process this round and beyond due to the high volume of leaves and potentially adverse weather. Once crews have completed the first round, the process will accelerate.

Continued Reminder: Leaves should not be placed in the roadway. This creates a safety hazard for traveling motorists and automobiles parked on top of leaf piles. Leaves should be placed at the backside of curbs, easily accessible to leaf collection equipment. The vast majority of leaves are raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street are compacted by weather events and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of November 23, 2020 (Round #2 Continued)

Activity pending.

Operations are suspended on November 26th and 27th for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Please do not mix tree limbs and sticks with the raked leaf piles. Crews will not pick up leaf piles covered with limbs or leaf piles with limbs under the leaves. Limbs and other debris will clog the leaf machine’s vacuum hose or damage internal parts. Crews must stop the collection process to free debris from the machine or wait for mechanics to repair damaged machines. Delays in the collection process due to these situations will cause delays in the daily schedules.

The vast majority of leaves are raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street are compacted by weather events and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of November 30, 2020 (Start Final Round)

Activity pending.

This is the final round of the 2020 season. Crews will not return to collect leaves after this round has been completed. Trucks will be converted for use in snow removal operations. Residents can dispose of any remaining leaves by: mulching with lawnmower, composting, hiring an independent contractor, hauling to a local landfill or properly bag leaves for Rumpke’s weekly trash collection. We wanted to thank all residents choosing to mulch or compost leaves this year and encourage others to consider this option. 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.

Residents can choose to mulch leaves or proper disposal through weekly Rumpke trash collection if you don’t want to wait on township crews. Leaves should not be placed in the street for collection. Unfortunately despite numerous (yearly) reminders, the vast majority of leaves are typically raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street are compacted by weather events and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of December 7, 2020 (Final Round Continued)

Activity pending.

This is the final round of the 2020 season. Crews will not return to collect leaves after this round has been completed. Trucks will be converted for use in snow removal operations. Residents can dispose of any remaining leaves by: mulching with lawnmower, composting, hiring an independent contractor, hauling to a local landfill or properly bag leaves for Rumpke’s weekly trash collection. We wanted to thank all residents choosing to mulch or compost leaves this year and encourage others to consider this option. 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.

The 2020 Leaf Collection Program has now ended. 

Program Results 2019: Last year the leaf collection program was completed on December 14th, 2019 and crews collected over 330 truck loads of leaves (3,500 cubic yards). 

Program Completion Schedule:

  1. Huber- December ?? ✔
  2. Spring Valley- December ?? ✔
  3. Singing Hills/ Brendonwood- December ?? ✔
  4. Vienna Park- December ?? ✔
  5. Kingswood- December ?? ✔
  6. Villages of Miami- December ?? ✔
  7. Chautauqua- December ?? ✔
  8. Quail Creek- December ?? ✔
  9. Rural Roadways- December ?? ✔
  10. Crains Run - December ?? ✔
  11. Bear Creek Estates- December ?? ✔

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. Miami Township residents may dispose of yard waste per Rumpke collection requirements. Please contact Rumpke Customer Service at (800) 828-8171 for details.

Click Here to read an article in Montgomery County Environmental Services Quarterly Newsletter regarding the proper disposal of yard waste.