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Public Service Announcement
HRM begins annual leaf clean-up program
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 (Halifax, NS) – Crews will begin the annual street clean-up of fallen leaves starting Tuesday, Nov. 13. The program typically runs from four to six weeks and focuses on the heavily treed areas of peninsula Halifax in an effort to reduce instances of street flooding caused by leaf-blocked catch basins. Areas of downtown Dartmouth are also cleared as required.
All residents are reminded that:
• The potential for street flooding is greatly increased when catch basins are clogged with leaves. Residents are asked to please not sweep or deposit leaves in the gutter or roadway (in accordance with HRM Streets By-law S-300).
• Leaves from residential properties are collected on regular green cart collection week.
• Each household can place a maximum of 20 orange or colourless clear plastic bags or heavy paper bags filled with leaves at the curb alongside their green bin on their collection days.
As in previous years, a number of trees in areas of HRM are affected by Tar Spot. Tar Spot is a black mould spot that infects leaves left on the ground over the winter period. In the spring, fungal tissue on these leaves ripens and needle-like spores are carried by the wind and infect new leaves growing on trees.
We ask that you do not mulch, mow or place black spotted leaves around shrubs as the fungus will remain on your property. All leaves that are black spotted should be placed in the organic green cart, or appropriate yard waste bag, and placed for curbside collection during normal organic week pick-up.
Please also note that all street sweeping related parking signs will be enforced as part of this program. Temporary signs will be located in some areas to alert residents as to when the crews will be in the area. HRM is asking residents to please respect these signs to assist the crews in moving through these areas as efficiently as possible.
Please contact HRM’s corporate call centre at 490-4000 for more information. HRM thanks you in advance for your cooperation.