So what do Fairfield residents do with all their fall leaves? They pile them up.

Faiirfield will have its 2019 leaf pickup program set to begin on Nov. 4. FILE
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Faiirfield will have its 2019 leaf pickup program set to begin on Nov. 4. FILE

The city of Fairfield’s annual leaf collection is scheduled to begin on Nov. 4.

This program provides free leaf collection services to residents who place leaves in rows or piles between the curb and sidewalk, or adjacent to the street in areas not having a curb or sidewalk.

Crews will collect leaves on the following tentative schedule:

  • Streets west of Pleasant Avenue: Nov. 4-8, Nov. 25-29, Dec. 16-20
  • Streets between Pleasant Avenue and Winton Road: Nov. 11-15, Dec. 2-6, Dec. 23-27
  • Streets east of Winton Road: Nov. 18-22, Dec. 9-13, Dec. 30-Jan. 3

Due to the large volume of leaves, crews may run behind schedule from time to time but leaves should be raked to the curb by the above dates.

Here are five tips for residents to help the Public Works Department keep equipment and the leaf collection process running safely and smoothly:

• Do not place leaves in the street as they can block gutters and storm sewers and cause flooding.

• Do rake leaves to the curb and sidewalk. In areas without curb, rake adjacent to the street.

• Do not park cars in front of or near the piles between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

• Do bag small amounts of leaves and place them with trash for pick up on the regular collection day.

• Do not put grass clippings, sticks, limbs or brush in with leaves.