Leaf Collection Weekly Updates

Leaf Map 2018

Introduction

The Road Department will begin the 2019 Leaf Collection Program in the week of November 4th and start in the northern most section of the Township, near the City of Kettering / Moraine borders. Two leaf loaders will be used initially and a 3rd leaf loader and crew will join the process as necessary. The Leaf Collection Program requires the use of all 7 full-time hourly Road Department staff and seasonal staff hired through a temporary staffing agency. The street sweeper will not be following the leaf loader crews daily, but the sweeper is dispatched periodically before, during, and after the leaf collection program schedule. As explained on the Leaf Collection Program main web page due to the Trash Levy defeat in 2012, the expenses to collect leaves are not reimbursed to the General Fund and are now an unfunded additional expense to Miami Township's budget.

Miami Township collects leaves only on public roadways. The majority of the 10,000+ households in the Township use this service for disposal of tree leaves. Crews complete at least 2 collection cycles on every street in the 91 mile public roadway network. We wanted to thank all residents choosing to mulch or compost leaves this year and encourage others to consider this option. Mulching supplies the turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn, lowers program expenses, and accelerates the collection process. Mulching can be accomplished by raising the deck of the lawnmower and installing a blade designed for this activity.

The collection cycles will proceed through the Township as follows:

  1. Huber subdivision- Stroop Road to Alex Bell Road (Near City of Moraine- Pink Area in Map Above) 
  2. Spring Valley subdivision- Alex Bell Road to Cox Arboretum (West side of SR 741- Lime Green in Map)
  3. Singing Hills/ Brendonwood subdivision- Washington Twp Border (East side of SR 741-Yellow in Map)
  4. Vienna Park subdivision- SR 741 east to Mad River Road (Dark Orange in Map)
  5. Kingswood subdivision- Both sides of Mad River Road (North of the Dayton Mall-Purple in Map)
  6. Villages of Miami subdivision- SR 741 to Washington Church Road (South of the Dayton Mall- Light Blue in Map)
  7. Crains Run subdivision- Off Miamisburg Springboro Road & Crains Run Road (Red in Map)
  8. Quail Creek subdivision- Entrances at Medlar Road (Near Pipestone Golf Course- (Red in Map)
  9. Rural Roadways- East and West of Great Miami River (Blue in Map)
  10. Chautauqua subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Near City of Carlisle- Blue in Map)
  11. Bear Creek Estates subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Blue in Map)

To help maximize efficiencies in the collection program:

  • Mulch or rake leaves often. Mulching supplies the turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn, lowers program expenses, and accelerates the collection process.
  • Place leaf piles at the back of the curb. Leaves should not be placed in the roadway. Placing leaf piles in the roadway creates a safety hazard and potential liability to the responsible individual(s).
  • Do not place leaves in front of or directly into storm water catch basins. Again, leaves should not be raked into the street, including the curb and gutter area of the street. Leaves blocking the basin opening will prohibit proper roadway drainage and leaves placed in the basin will clog drain tiles. Drain tiles on private property (beyond right-of-way) are the responsibility of the property owner for clearing obstructions.
  • Avoid mixing grass clippings (free fertilizer too), sticks, and other debris in with the leaves. Crews will not pick up leaf piles covered with limbs or leaf piles with limbs under the leaves. Limbs and other debris will clog the leaf machine's vacuum hose or damage internal parts. Crews must stop the collection process to free debris from the machine or wait for mechanics to repair damaged machines. Delays in the collection process due to these situations will cause delays in the daily schedules.
  • Properly bag leaves for collection by Rumpke on the scheduled collection day. Township crews will not collect bagged leaves placed curbside.
  • Avoid parking vehicles on or near the leaf piles. Crews report and record all obstacles that hinder the ability to collect leaves by noting the nearest home address. Parking vehicles on dry leaves may create a fire hazard.
  • Do not rake leaves into the street. Raking leaves into the roadway will cause delays in the collection process. These piles raked into the street will be compacted by precipitation and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves are much easier to collect if the piles are properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Montgomery County residents may dispose of yard waste for free at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District Transfer and Recycling Facility, located at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine. Drop off hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Miami Township residents may dispose of yard waste per Rumpke collection requirements. Please contact Rumpke Customer Service at (800) 828-8171 for details.

Click Here to read an article in Montgomery County Environmental Services Quarterly Newsletter regarding the proper disposal of yard waste.

Week of November 4th, 2019 (Round #1 Start)

This is the first cycle of the 2019 Leaf Collection Program. The program is staffed with all 7 full-time Road Workers and up to 5 temporary staffing agency employees. Crews collect leaves at the majority of the 10,000+ properties in the township for at least 6 weeks. All crews generally remain in the same neighborhood until all roadways have been completed and then they proceed to the next scheduled neighborhood. The schedule progression and accompanying map above aid in determining the approximate dates crews will be in a particular area. 

Two crews started the 2019 Leaf Collection Program on November 4th in the Huber subdivision (Color Pink in map above) and will continue in this zone until all streets have been completed one time. Crews worked through the morning rains on November 5th in the Huber subdivision and moved over to the Spring Valley subdivision (Lime Green in map above) in the afternoon. On November 6th crews completed Spring Valley (Lime Green) and started  in the Singing Hills subdivision (Yellow in map above). Crews continued in Singing Hills on the 7th, working in the rain. Crews finished the week in the Singing Hills subdivision and ready to move into Vienna Park (Dark Orange in map above).

Week of November 11th, 2019 (Round #1 Continued)

Road crews started the week salting and clearing streets from the 3 inch snow event on November 11th. The seven Road Department staff respond to winter weather events and are responsible for leaf collection. Once the streets are safe and conditions are adequate for collecting leaves, crews will continue the program. The overwhelming majority of leaves raked into the streets will be extremely difficult to pick up. Leaves will be compacted by the precipitation and by cars parking and driving on the leaf piles raked into the street. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were raked to the proper location behind the curb, not in the roadway. All 3 crews will resume leaf collection starting in the Vienna Park subdivision as soon as temperatures and weather conditions permit safe operation of the leaf loader machines. Collecting leaves along with snow and ice may damage internal components of the leaf loaders, causing further delays in the schedule due to mechanical breakdowns and repairs. 

Leaf Collection was suspended Tuesday to salt and plow roadways. Crews will not be out Wednesday and Thursday due to the extreme overnight temperatures (Record Breaking 8 Degrees, 8 other weather records broken). Crews will resume the program on Friday, November 15th, and will start working Saturday shifts to get back on schedule. The three full crews will start in the Vienna Park neighborhood (dark Orange in above map) when the program starts back up. The process will be slowed by crews needing to use soil rakes and pitch forks to break up the leaf piles in the roadway. Crews worked in Vienna Park on November 16th to end the week.

2018 Note: "Trees have dropped leaves early and almost simultaneously this year so most leaves are now on the ground. We ask for your patience as crews work to complete the first round. All township resources are being utilized and temporary staff from an independent agency have been hired to support road crews in collecting the large volume of leaves from the majority of the 10,000 township households. Collecting leaves may be a challenge later in the week if forecasted ice or snow showers move into the region. The vast majority of leaves have been raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street have been compacted by the winter weather and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway."

Week of November 18th, 2019 (Round #1 Continued)

Nearly all leaves are now on the ground. We ask residents to please have all leaves curbside by November 25th. Leaf collection is not suspended on cold (temperatures above 30 degrees) or rainy days, but the weight of the soaked leaves makes the work more difficult for machines and staff.

Crews began the week finishing up the Vienna Park neighborhood (Dark Orange in map above) and ready to move into the Kingswood subdivision (Purple in map above). On the 19th, three crews worked to finish up Kingswood and are ready to move into the Villages of Miami/ Heritage Glen neighborhoods (Light Blue in map above). The 3 crews started in the Villages of Miami and surrounding neighborhoods on November 20th. Work is wrapping up on the 21st in the Villages of Miami and crews are moving to the Crains Run (Red in map above), Quail Creek (Red) and Chautauqua (Blue in map above) neighborhoods. Crews will be working another Saturday this week to get the collection schedule back on track. On November 21st, the three crews finished the entire rural area (Blue in map above) in the rain and started the second round in the Huber subdivision (Pink in map above). Crews will finish the week on Saturday working in the afternoon rain in the Huber subdivision.

Yearly note: This week typically starts the largest volume of leaves to be collected for the season. Most of the varying tree species have dropped all leaves or are well into the process of leaf drop. Waxy leafed tree species are typically the last to drop leaves. We ask residents to please be patient with potential delays in the collection process this round and beyond due to the high volume of leaves and potentially adverse weather. Once crews have completed the first round, the process will accelerate.

Continued Reminder: Leaves should not be placed in the roadway. This creates a safety hazard for traveling motorists and automobiles parked on top of leaf piles. Leaves should be placed at the backside of curbs, easily accessible to leaf collection equipment. The vast majority of leaves are raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street are compacted by weather events and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of November 25th, 2019 (Round #2 Start)

Crews began the week starting in the Spring Valley subdivision (Lime Green in map above). On November 26th, Spring Valley was completed and crews started on the Singing Hills neighborhood (Yellow in map above). Crews worked in high wind conditions to complete Singing Hills on the 27th. Next up is the Vienna Park neighborhood (Orange in map above).

Operations are suspended on November 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Please do not mix tree limbs and sticks with the raked leaf piles. Crews will not pick up leaf piles covered with limbs or leaf piles with limbs under the leaves. Limbs and other debris will clog the leaf machine's vacuum hose or damage internal parts. Crews must stop the collection process to free debris from the machine or wait for mechanics to repair damaged machines. Delays in the collection process due to these situations will cause delays in the daily schedules.

The vast majority of leaves are raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street are compacted by weather events and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of December 2nd, 2019 (Round #2 Continued)

Crews began the week finishing up the Singing Hills subdivision (Yellow in map above) and are moving in the Vienna Park neighborhood (Orange in map above). The weekend rains have saturated leaf piles raked in the roadway curb line. Many cars parked/ drove on the leaf piles raked into the roadway over the Thanksgiving holiday. These piles would be much easier to pick up if they had been properly placed behind the curb.  On December 3rd, crews completed Vienna Park. The 3 crews moved into the Kingswood subdivision (Purple in map above) on the 4th and completed it. On November 5th, crews worked in the Villages of Miami (Including Heritage Glen & Country Walk) neighborhoods (Light Blue in map above).  Next up is Quail Creek, Crains Run, Chautauqua, Bear Creek Estates and the rural areas.

Residents can choose to mulch leaves or proper disposal through weekly Rumpke trash collection if you don't want to wait on township crews. Leaves should not be placed in the street for collection. Unfortunately despite numerous (yearly) reminders, the vast majority of leaves are typically raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street are compacted by weather events and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of December 9th, 2019 (Bonus Round- End of Program)

This is the final round of the 2019 season. Crews will not return to collect leaves after this round has been completed. Trucks will be converted for use in snow removal operations. Residents can dispose of any remaining leaves by: mulching with lawnmower, composting, hiring an independent contractor, hauling to a local landfill or properly bag leaves for Rumpke's weekly trash collection. We wanted to thank all residents choosing to mulch or compost leaves this year and encourage others to consider this option. Mulching supplies the turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn, lowers program expenses, and accelerates the collection process. Mulching can be accomplished by raising the deck of the lawnmower and installing a blade designed for this activity.

Crews began the week working in the rain and starting the final round in the Huber subdivision (Pink in map above). On December 10th crews completed the Huber subdivision and moved to Spring Valley. Crews worked in Spring Valley on the 11th and completed. Crews completed the Singing Hills subdivision (Yellow in map above) on December 12th and moved into Vienna Park (Orange in map above). Crews finished the week out completing Vienna Park, Kingswood, Villages of Miami, Chautauqua, Quail Creek, Crains Run, Bear Creek Estates and all rural roadways. The 2019 Leaf Collection Program has now ended. 

Program Results: Last year the leaf collection program was completed on December 20th, 2018 and crews collected over 350 truck loads of leaves (3,600 cubic yards). 

Program Completion Schedule:

  1. Huber- December 10th ✔
  2. Spring Valley- December 11th ✔
  3. Singing Hills/ Brendonwood- December 12th ✔
  4. Vienna Park- December 12th ✔
  5. Kingswood- December 13th ✔
  6. Villages of Miami- December 13th ✔
  7. Chautauqua- December 13th ✔
  8. Quail Creek- December 13th ✔
  9. Rural Roadways- December 13th ✔
  10. Crains Run - December 13th ✔
  11. Bear Creek Estates- December 13th ✔

Montgomery County Solid Waste District

Montgomery County residents may dispose of yard waste for free at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District Transfer and Recycling Facility, located at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine. Drop off hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Miami Township residents may dispose of yard waste per Rumpke collection requirements. Please contact Rumpke Customer Service at (800) 828-8171 for details.

Click Here to read an article in Montgomery County Environmental Services Quarterly Newsletter regarding the proper disposal of yard waste.