Republic Services will start the leaf vacuuming service for city residents of Centralia as of Monday, October 14, 2013. The vacuuming service will last for a period of 9 weeks ending on Friday, December 13, 2013.
A map of approved routes and rules for leaf pickup can be seen online at cityofcentralia.org. The usual landscape waste and limbs will continue to be collected every week in approved paper bags.
The following are simple rules that we ask each resident to follow to make the process as smooth as possible:
1. Please rake your leaves to within four (4) feet of the curb but do not place leaves on the street or in the gutter as they will clog the storm drains. This is typically the area between the sidewalk and the curb.
2. Please do not place leaves behind or near obstacles such as mailboxes, trees, hedges, fences, etc. If there are any obstacles preventing your leaves from being picked up, they will not be picked up.
3. Please avoid parking vehicles in front of piles of leaves on the day that they are to be collected. The vacuum trucks require a minimum of forty five (45) feet of curb access to safely operate. If a vehicle blocks access to the leaves, they will not be picked up.
4. Please do not mix trash, yard waste such as limbs, weeds, grass or any other material with the leaves. Yard waste mixed with leaves causes safety concerns and equipment malfunction. These items should be placed in approved paper bags for weekly collection or bundled properly.
Leaf collection will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will end by 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If for any reason your leaves are not picked up on the regularly scheduled day — due to severe weather, equipment malfunction or a holiday — they will be picked up the following week on your regularly scheduled day or later in that same week if volume is light and the crews can get to your street.