The City of Concord has made changes this year to its Fall Leaf Collection program. As an additional service to supplement Concord General Services’ regular bulk leaf collection, the City has added three weeks of bagged collection to provide more opportunity for residents to participate in collection. Bulk collection has not changed. Concord General Services’ Highway and Utilities Division will still be using leaf vacuums to collect leaves that are raked loosely to the curb (unbagged) starting on October 29 through December 7, as weather permits. Crews only have time to collect leaves once before the start of winter, focusing on residential roads with drainage areas to keep the City's storm water system clear. Residents participating in bulk collection should have leaves ready to the curb by the start of collection to not miss crews. Crews will not return to a location already collected, which will be displayed on the online Fall Leaf Collection Map that will become active Fall leaf collection to include bulk, bagged options this year once collection starts. Unpredictable leaf volumes and weather conditions make it not possible to know when areas will receive collection, so residents should have leaves ready. The only area that has a predetermined scheduled collection is the area around Concord High School in coordination with the Veteran's Day holiday school closure to minimize public disturbance and in consideration of public safety. A map of this location is available online. New this year, is the three-week bagged collection that will run simultaneously with the last weeks of bulk collection, starting on November 19 and continuing through December 7. Residents participating in bagged collection must have leaves in biodegradable yard waste bags or rigid containers labeled “leaves” and at the curb by 7 a.m. each Monday during bagged collection. Leaves will be collected by the City’s trash and recycling contractor, Casella, but collection will not coincide with trash collection. Due to variable leaf volumes at the curb, leaf collection may occur on a different day than trash collection. Casella will have a separate leaf collection from trash collection to minimize delays in trash routes and maximizing overall efficiency. Residents are encouraged to bag their leaves to ensure collection. Bagged collection will also allow residents to bag any leaves that were not collected through bulk collection. Unlike bulk collection, bagged collection will not end early in the event of winter weather. We heard you. We realize the bulk leaf collection faces some challenges. However, we also have heard that the bulk collection is a very convenient and appreciated program. Adding a bagged collection to our existing bulk collection adds an additional service to address these challenges, while providing more predictability and opportunity for residents to participate. We invite residents to share their thoughts with us on this program change by filling out a short feedback form on our website. Fill out the feedback form and find more information about Concord Fall Leaf Collection at www.concordnh. gov/leafcollection. We hope residents appreciate the City of Concord’s new and improved Concord Fall Leaf Collection!