Leaf Pickup Update (12/14/2016)
Road crews are currently 2-3 days behind on leaf pickup due to the recent snow storm. Due to the snow and bitter cold we've had to adjust our equipment and will be using trucks and wheel loaders in most areas. Crews will focus on getting the leaves off the road for safety reasons. We will attempt to pull piles out of the grass areas if possible, this method may result in small piles hidden by snow left in grass areas. These will be picked up in the Spring along with brush.
The Fall Season Leaf Pickup starts the 3rd Monday in October and continues through the end of November, performed on a patrol basis. The LAST LEAF PICKUP CYCLE starts on November 30th. During peak times one cycle through the Township requires 17(+/-) days. Depending on weather conditions, our goal is to perform at least three (3) pickup cycles. Leaves should be placed at the curb side or along the edge of the street, free of brush and garden waste allowing our crews to work efficiently. Crews are unable to pickup leaves mixed with brush and other items. Place your leaves away from obstacles such as mailboxes, fire hydrants, landscaping timbers and landscaping rocks. These obstacles can cause injury to our employees, equipment and reduce efficiency.
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE LEAVES IN THE STREET OR IN PLASTIC BAGS.
Other Drop-Off Locations in the area:
-A&J Landscape, 419-842-8733, 8061 Sylvania Ave, between King Rd and Centennial Rd
-CleanWood Recycling, 419-843-9663, 6505 West Bancroft Street, between Interstate I-475 and McCord Rd.
Leaf Pickup Hot Line: 419-517-1620
Leaf Pickup Facts:
The Township’s leaf pickup program services 132 miles of residential roads, 32 miles of County roads and 10 miles of State Highways, totaling 174 miles of roadways. Our community’s landscape consists of largely wooded areas. (Sylvania is Latin for “Wooded Area”)
These trees are very beautiful and a true nature’s jewel, until the leaves drop and fall to the ground. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decides when the leaves fall, and some years the leaves drop late in the season and all at once. The “soft wood” trees drop their leaves the earliest. As the leaves fall, the Road Department devotes its entire staff to operate 5 crews during the leaf pickup season.
Each crew consists of two (2) full time employees and one (1) or two (2) part time/temporary employees. Early snowfalls and above average rain are two factors that spell trouble for leaf pickup. These attributes cause the leaves to become saturated and “heavy” to pick up, thus causing inefficiencies. Our preferred and most efficient method of picking up leaves is utilizing “vacuum tow behind” type of equipment. Recently, we hired private contractors with front loader buckets and dump trucks to assist our leaf pickup efforts. We are aware that it is frustrating waiting for your neighborhood pickup and appreciate your patience.
Leaf Pickup Hot Line 419-517-1620 (fall season only)
1. Crews start in the northeast part of the Township along the Alexis Road & Whiteford Road corridor.
2. Next, crews will travel south on Whiteford Road to Monroe Street, and Corey Road to Central Avenue.
3. Finally, crews will travel westward between the main arterial roadways of:
•Reynolds Road to Holland Sylvania
•McCord Road to King Road
•Centennial Road to the western limit