Peak Fall Colors Mean Beauty for Some and Hard Work for Others

October 16th, 2014

Are you prepared for falling leaves? Will you rake the leaves or mulch them?

Today’s post is written by Heather Powell, Manager of the COE Department & Project Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.

Are you prepared for falling leaves? Will you rake the leaves or mulch them? If you rake them will you bag them or rake them to the curb?

If you bag the leaves, does your solid waste removal company take them? Is there an extra charge? Does your solid waste company provide bags?


Who knew there were so many choices regarding leaf disposal?

Many waste removal companies will take leaves, but it is best to call them and ask things like if there is an additional fee, if can they provide bags, if is there a maximum number of bags you are allowed, etc.

In Ohio for example, many of the waste removal companies partner with local grocery store chains and sell yard waste bags for $4.00-$5.00 each or a bundle deal of 5 bags for $20.00. By choosing this option there will not be an additional haul rate and that waste management company will pick it up regardless if you use them for your regular waste removal.

Another option to research would be to find out if your city has scheduled pick up days for the leaves to be “vacuumed” from the curb.  Usually they are held on certain days and have strict specifications about what they are picking up from your curb. Typically this service fee is included in your city taxes or HOA. You do not have to participate, but know that you are more than likely paying for a service hidden in your taxes or HOA fees.

Peak season is for much of the country is in a couple of weeks, and I intend to watch the leaves change their brilliant colors and then mulch them. However you dispose of your leaves, do so safely and smartly.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can assist you in exploring your procurement solutions for your business or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.  We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.

We look forward to your comments.


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