EASLEY - "All the leaves are brown... and the sky is gray."
Famous song lyrics maybe, but in Easley, that means the trees
are giving up their colorful foliage for the coming winter.
It also means that homeowners are giving up their weekends
raking messy piles of sticky leaves in a sometimes futile effort to
keep their yards tidy.
But thanks to Easley sanitation workers - as of Monday, Nov.
5 - those piles are now being picked up on a weekly basis.
"Right now, leaves are every week, but as volume increases,
our time will slow down," said Solid Waste and Recycling
Supervisor Brent Jennings. "The keyword here is 'patience.'"
And save your trash bags for, well, trash.
"There should be no yard debris in any bags, or it will not get
picked up," Jennings said.
He's got the law behind him. The city passed an ordinance
last month forbidding the use of bags in yard waste, including
leaves, brush and limbs.
Residents received notice of the change in their most recent
Easley Combined Utilities bills and anyone violating the new
ordinance since then has received a reminder.
"But the grace period expires Nov. 15," Jennings said. "We
have to stop, check it out; if it's got yard debris in it, we'll leave it
The leaf truck consists of a large vacuum hose that sucks
leaves into the back of the truck. Limbs or other debris only
serves to jam and disable the truck which leads to further delays
in leaf service throughout the season.
While there may be no hard-and-fast penalty for violating the
no-bag ordinance, Jennings said everyone pays in the long run.
"Do not mix leaves with brush and vice versa," Jennings said.
"They need to be in two separate piles. Otherwise, it delays the
pick-up of your leaves because the boom truck has to come get it
instead of the vacuum."
For the most recent leaf-truck schedule beginning in
December is invited to call the hotline at 855-7929, ext. 7307.
Don't want to wait for the leaf truck to make its rounds or
just hate to watch your neat piles get blown all over your yard by
"If you are adamant about using bags, just take them to a
county convenience center or the landfill," Jennings said.
But there are a couple of more environmentally friendly
options, he said.
"Composting and homemade mulching saves landfill space
and helps prevent residents from using industrial fertilizers,"
Residents can purchase a mulching kit for their lawn mowers
at local lawn and garden centers, he said.
'It grinds the leaves into a powder and puts those rich
nutrients back into the soil," he said.
For more information about the new yard waste ordinance or
other solid waste and recycling questions, call 855-7916, ext.