‘The Claw’ leaf pickup returns to Sacramento city streets Monday

“The Claw” leaf collection returns to Sacramento streets on Monday.

The city will send out 10 to 15 crews using the front-scooping machines and the companion rear-loader vegetation trucks to take away yard waste generated from Sacramento yards.

All streets will have at least one collection between Monday and Nov. 8. It can take crews an average of 10 days to complete the street pickup of piles for the entire city.

Pickup may be more frequent in the early autumn, but as leaves begin to fall, collection will not be as frequent. Sometimes two weeks may elapse between pickups.

The city collects 54 million pounds of yard waste during leaf season. The city said residents should still fill the wheeled green-waste cans first, then place the excess curbside.

Space should be allowed between the gutter and the pile to allow rain to flow to storm drains. When possible, keep leaf piles out of bike lanes, city officials advise.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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