Leaf Collection Weekly Updates

Leaf Map 2018

Introduction 

The 2022 Leaf Collection Program will officially commence on November 7th. Crews may be sporadically collecting the largest leaf piles throughout the Township before the official start date. Crews will start each cycle 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. 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.  

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. Residents do have other options for disposing of leaves such as mulching them with a lawnmower or properly bagging and placing them curbside for Rumpke to collect. An environmentally friendly and money saving option is to compost leaves. Composting is nature's way of recycling materials. Click Here to review an informative brochure from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District if you are interested in home composting.

We want 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 (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- might appear Orange)
  8. Quail Creek subdivision- Entrances at Medlar Road (Near Pipestone Golf Course- (Red in Map- might appear Orange)
  9. Rural Roadways- East and West of Great Miami River (Royal Blue in Map)
  10. Chautauqua subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Near City of Carlisle- Royal Blue in Map)
  11. Bear Creek Estates subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Royal 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.

Review of 2021 Program Activity:

Week of October 18, 2021 (Pre-planning)

Crews converted vehicles and prepared equipment for use in leaf collection. Subdivisions were evaluated for raked leaf piles.  Crews will begin the first official round on November 1.

Week of October 25, 2021 (Pre-planning)

Crews converted vehicles and prepared equipment for use in leaf collection. Subdivisions were evaluated for raked leaf piles.  Crews will begin the first official round on November 1.

Week of November 1, 2021 (OFFICIAL Program Start)

This week is the official start to the 2021 Leaf Collection Program. All subdivisions will receive a first round of collection. Crews began the week in the Huber subdivision (Pink in above map), Spring Valley subdivision (Green in above map) and the Singing Hills subdivision (Yellow in above map). On Tuesday, November 2nd crews completed the Vienna Park neighborhood (Orange in above map) and Kingswood neighborhood (Purple in above map). On November 3rd crews moved into the Villages of Miami and surrounding neighborhoods (Light Blue in above map) and then completed Crains Run/ Quail Creek (Red areas in above map), Chautauqua and the rest of the rural roadways (Royal Blue in above map). Crews will start the 2nd round on November 8th.

Week of November 8, 2021 (Program Continued)

A full crew of 3 leaf loader machines started Round #2 on the 8th and completed the Huber (Pink in above map) neighborhood and Spring Valley (Lime Green) neighborhood. Crews started work on the 9th in the Singing Hills (Yellow) neighborhood and then Vienna Park (Orange). Crews worked in the Kingswood (Purple) subdivision and Villages of Miami (Light Blue) on November 10th. The program was suspended on November 11th to observe the Veteran's Day holiday. On November 12th worked resumed and crews completed the round throughout Chautauqua, Bear Creek Estates, Crains Run, Quail Creek and rural roadways (Red and Royal Blue).

Note: Some leave piles are very dry. Crews attempt to minimize dust created by collecting these piles by turning down the machine engines, but the filter screens at the tops of the trucks still permit dust to exit the truck box. Rain is forecasted for Thursday so hopefully the leaves are dampened and the dust is minimal.

2020 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 15, 2021 (Program Continued)

Progress will slow a bit from now on due to the volume of raked leaves and the recent winter weather/ rain events. 

A full crew of 3 leaf loader machines started the week back in the Huber neighborhood for Round #3 (Pink in above map) and then in the Spring Valley subdivision (Lime Green). On November 16th crews completed Spring Valley and moved into the Singing Hills area (Yellow) and Vienna Park (Orange) and completed these neighborhoods by the 17th. The 3rd round was completed for the Kingswood neighborhood (Purple) on the 18th. Crews finished the week in the Villages of Miami area (Light Blue), Chautauqua, Crains Run, Quail Creek and rural roadways (Red & Royal Blue areas).

Week of November 22, 2021 (Program Continued)

Crews started Round #4 back in the Huber neighborhood (Pink in above map) and Spring Valley (Lime Green). Next up is Vienna Park (Orange) on the 23rd & 24th. Crews will start in the Singing Hills neighborhood (Yellow) after Vienna Park.

Operations are suspended on November 25th and 26th for the Thanksgiving holidays.

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 29, 2021 (Start Final Round)

This is the final round of the 2021 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.

If leaves are raked into the roadway after the leaf collection program has concluded, the leaves will not be collected by Miami Township. Warning: The leaf piles may be plowed back into the yards during the winter if there is an accumulating snow event. Crews plow the roadway curb to curb during accumulating snow events.

Crews will be starting the Final Round of collection in the Kingswood neighborhood (Purple in above map) on November 29th. Next up is the Villages of Miami (Light Blue) on the 30th and then into the Crains Run/ Quail Creek subdivisions (Red) and Chautauqua (Royal Blue). Once all the rural areas (Royal Blue) are completed, crews will mobilize back to the northeast and start in the Huber subdivision (Pink). On December 2nd, crews worked in the Huber (Pink) plat and then the Vienna Park neighborhood (Orange) on December 3rd to end the week. Crews will work on completing the Spring Valley (Lime Green) and Singing Hills (Yellow) neighborhoods starting the week of December 6th.

Continued Reminder: 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 December 6, 2021 (Final Round Continued- Program Completed)

Crews continued work on the Final Round in the Spring Valley neighborhood (Lime Green) and then Singing Hills (Yellow)  to officially end the 2021 program on December 7th.

This is the final round of the 2021 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.

If leaves are raked into the roadway after the leaf collection program has concluded, the leaves will not be collected by Miami Township. Warning: The leaf piles may be plowed back into the yards during the winter if there is an accumulating snow event. Crews plow the roadway curb to curb during accumulating snow events.

Program Conclusion

Miami Township has completed the final round of the 2021 season. All neighborhoods received at least 6 collection cycles. 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. 

If leaves are raked into the roadway after the leaf collection program has concluded, the leaves will not be collected by Miami Township. Warning: The leaf piles may be plowed back into the yards during the winter if there is an accumulating snow event. Crews plow the roadway curb to curb during accumulating snow events.

The 2021 Leaf Collection Program has now ended. Program Results: The Leaf Collection program was completed on December 7th, 2021 and crews collected 230 truck loads of compacted leaves. 

Program Results 2020: Last year the leaf collection program was completed on December 10th, 2020 and crews collected over 300 truck loads of compacted leaves (3,200 cubic yards). 

Program Completion Schedule:

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

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.