For the past few months, the world has been turned upside down.
But one thing never changes: Leaves fall in the fall. And we have to do something about them.
The Department of Public Works suggests that homeowners consider backyard leaf composting. Click here or here to learn more. You can also call the Conservation Department (203-341-1170) or Earthplace (203-557-4400) for info.
The DPW says, “The ease and cost savings of backyard composting provides a viable alternative to either carting leaves to the town yard waste site or filling paper bags for the Town’s curbside pickup.”
But if you choose curbside leaf collection: It lasts throughout November. The final townwide pass takes place in early December.
All leaves must be placed safely near the curb of a town street by November 30 to guarantee pick-up.
The DPW will collect leaves placed in biodegradable paper bags on the curb. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up, as the composting process cannot manage plastic. Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.
Only Westport residents with valid proof of residency may bring their leaves directly to the yard waste site (180 Bayberry Lane).
If leaves are transported in plastic bags, residents must empty the leaves from the bags. The yard waste site is open Monday through Saturday (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Westport residents with valid proof of residency may dump up to 6 30-gallon bags or containers full of leaves without a fee.
Any van, pickup or tag-along trailer exceeding the 6-bag limit will be charged $40 per load. Any vehicle or trailer larger than a conventional pickup with a 4-foot by 8-foot bed will be charged $90 per ton.
Any vehicles with a 9-foot body or vehicles changed to significantly enlarge their factory design size will be charged $90 per ton estimated at 2 ton without weigh slip ($180).
Dump tickets may be purchased by appointment only at Town Hall, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or by mail (Department of Public Works, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880). Requests may also be placed in the drop box at the rear of Town Hall.