The Claw returns soon for Sacramento’s leaf season

City of Sacramento residents can place yard waste in the street for collection beginning Nov. 1.

The street pickup during leaf season continues through November, December and January. The last day piles can be placed in the street is Jan. 31, 2015.

City officials want residents to first fill up yard waste container before putting leaves, branches and other yard waste at streetside.

City crews collect 75,000 tons of yard waste a year, said Steve Harriman, the city’s Integrated Waste General Manager.

“More than one third, about 27,000 tons, is picked up November through January,” Harriman said. “By using the container first, along with a street pile for excess yard waste, city crews can clear streets faster.”

Yard waste container collection occurs on a resident’s normal garbage collection day.

However, street pile collection by “the Claw” pickup vehicles is not as predictable and varies depending on the weather and how fast the leaves fall.

From November 3 to January 31, residents can click on www.sacrecycle.org or call 311 to get an estimate of when pile collection will occur in their neighborhood.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.