Proper leaf collection and disposal not only keeps neighborhoods clean and welcoming, but it also makes them safer, more environmentally friendly and allows the Town’s Streets & Storm Drainage Division to maintain Town streets more efficiently.
Residents are reminded not to blow or rake leaves, twigs, branches, grass clippings, trash or debris into the street, as doing so can result in clogged storm drains, ice buildups and a $70 fine. Clogged drains can lead to flooded streets, intersections and homes.
Additionally, decomposing leaves entering the storm sewer system can lead to the release of excess phosphorus into the Cache la Poudre River and local bodies of water, which can cause excessive algae growth and poor downstream water quality.
Leaves that fall naturally onto the street are the responsibility of the town and will be picked up during regular street sweeping operations.
The Streets & Storm Drainage Division has divided the Town into 20 street sweeping districts. They strive to sweep all the Town’s districts at least four times per year and on an as-needed basis. Old Town Windsor and areas with larger, mature trees are swept several times each week during leaf season. The downtown business district is swept approximately 16 times each year during the early morning hours before cars begin parking at local businesses.
“Street sweepers do a good job of picking up leaves that fall naturally onto the street,” said Streets Operations Manager Brian Rowe. “However, street sweepers cannot pick up piles of leaves and large debris; it clogs the machines and usually results in expensive repairs.”
In 2019, approximately 400 cubic yards of leaves were swept up by Town street sweepers and responsibly recycled at a local organic waste business.
The Streets & Storm Drainage Division plans to release a new interactive street sweeping schedule on the Town of Windsor Street Sweeping web page in the month of October. Doing so will allow Windsor residents to see when the Town plans to sweep their district and help maximize the street sweepers’ efforts by keeping trash and recycling cans, sports equipment, vehicles and other obstructions out of the streets.
Additionally, residents can help by trimming their tree branches and any brush that lines the street, so street sweepers can have full access to the curb and gutter area. The town’s fall leaf street sweeping operations take place from October through December and will continue until temperatures drop below freezing.
Residents can dispose of leaves, twigs, branches under four inches in diameter and grass clippings at the Fall Clean Up Days October 2 and October 3 at the Public Services Facility, 922 North 15th St. The event is free for Windsor Utility customers to attend, but a voucher is required to participate.
In addition to the Fall Clean-Up Days, Windsor Utility Customers can receive a one-time annual reimbursement up to $10 for responsible yard waste recycling at any time during the year. Additional details about the town’s yard waste recycling program are available at windsorgov.com/recycling.
For more information about the Town of Windsor Streets Division and street sweeping, visit windsorgov.com/streetsweeping.