It’s about that time when leaves in the trees start changing colors and fall to the ground. The City of Hazelwood is also gearing up to begin its annual Fall Leaf Collection Program during the week of Oct. 16. It will continue for ten weeks up to the week of Dec. 18. This is a free service offered by the City to its residents.
A list showing which streets are assigned to each pick-up week can be found in the Fall 2017 Parks & Recreation Activity Guide, pages 21-24. The same list can be found here by clicking this link. The dates provided are as accurate as the City’s Public Works Street Division can make them since it’s difficult to predict the weather and mechanical malfunctions.
Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the curb on the weekend prior to their street’s designated pick-up week. Avoid raking leaves into the street because they can often obstruct water runoff when it rains, causing big water puddles to form on the streets. Plus, local horticulturalists have confirmed that it won’t kill the grass to keep leaves at the curb for a couple of days.
City crews will collect leaves on each street one-time only during the scheduled pick-up week. Leaves will NOT be collected if vehicles are parked in the street, blocking access to them along the curb. If residents are skipped over because of parked cars in the streets, they can call the Public Works Street Division at (314) 731-8701 after the vehicle is removed to have their leaves collected. But this must be done during the scheduled pick-up week only.
Residents who prefer to bag their leaves can do so using bio-degradable lawn bags. City crews will pick-up the bags placed at the curb on Monday of the scheduled pick-up week. There is no limit on the number of bags left for pick-up.
They should avoid putting any brush, vines, grass clippings, trash, metal objects and garden waste in the leaves raked to the curb. This may cause serious injuries to the crew or damage the machinery.
Republic Services offers residents another option to consider. It provides a weekly yard waste service for a minimum of three (3) months for a fee of $8.65 per month. This includes collection of grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs, household/yard plants, as well as real Christmas trees. Keep in mind Republic has an 8-bag limit on leaves for each weekly pick-up. To start this 3-month service, call Republic’s customer service hotline at (636) 947-5959. If residents want to cancel after the initial 3 months, they must call Republic or they will continue to be billed for this service. Republic charges $25.95 ($8.65 x 3) on residents’ quarterly billing invoice.
For further information about Hazelwood’s Fall Leaf Collection Program, contact the Public Works Street Division at (314) 731-8701 on Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.