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Press Release

Annual Leaf Collection Efforts Begin in Tracy

Posted: Nov 18, 2014
Location: Tracy, Calif.

Tracy’s annual leaf pick-up season will begin on Monday, November 24th and will continue through the first week of January, 2015.

For areas of Tracy with large mature trees and heavier quantities of leaves, residents are asked to rake their excess leaves curbside for weekly collection. Leaves must be piled curbside by 4 a.m. on your normal garbage collection day. 
The City of Tracy is encouraging residents to keep their gutters clear of leaves to prevent flooding and polluting of local waterways. Debris such as garden materials, tree trimmings, brush, grass clippings, cans, paper, bottles, construction materials, or animal waste should also be removed from leaf piles. Garbage and debris in leaf piles will not be collected, as this prevents the material from turning into compost.
Residents with small trees, which produce a smaller quantity of leaves, are asked to place leaves in the brown yard waste toter. The toter will continue to be collected every other week on your normal yard waste collection day.
Green tips: 
        Instead of raking and bagging up your leaves this fall, use them as mulch for your lawn.
        Place shredded leaves around the base of shrubbery and trees to insulate and nourish root systems.
        Decomposing leaves also provide food to soil insects, such as earthworms.
        Animals use those leaves left behind as insulation to help prepare their winter nests for hibernation.
        If you choose to put your leaves out for pickup choose the greenest way to collect them, a rake over a leaf blower.
Please contact the City of Tracy, Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300 or Tracy Delta Disposal at (209) 835-0601 for more information.
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