Leaves are starting to fall and that can only mean one thing — time to start bagging them.
The Southampton Town Highway Department has announced that it will begin its annual fall clean-up on November 19, moving through six districts, starting in Eastport and Quiogue, to collect bagged leaves.
As required last fall, all leaves must be bagged in biodegradable bags. Leaves in plastic bags, the Highway Department said, will not be accepted nor will any brush. The Highway Department is also requesting that no bags be placed at the curb until after Nov. 1.
Senior citizens, 73 and older, and special needs citizens are exempt from bagging leaves and may rake them to the curb, according to the Highway Department. However, they must register with the Highway Department prior to the start of the program.
The Highway Department says that it will start its collection in Eastport and Quiogue, moving to East Quogue to West Tiana Road and Flanders, north to Riverside, then to Hampton Bays from East Tiana Road to the west side of the canal where, collection will continue to Shinnecock Hills to Head of Pond Road and to Deerfield in Water Mill. Collection will then start on Noyac Road from Majors Path, east to the Sag Harbor Village line, and then to the south side of Watermill to Sagaponack and the north side of Water Mill from Deerfield Road east to Sagaponack.
The Highway Department is offering vouchers for residents with contractors, starting Nov. 1. To apply for a voucher, residents must supply the Highway Department with a current tax bill, driver's license, contact phone number and name and address of their landscaper.
Those looking to get rid of branches, can bring them to the North Sea and Hampton Bays transfer stations between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31.
For more information, contact the highway department at 631-702-2585.
The following is a list of area businesses that carry biodegradable bags:
Emporium True Value Hardware
Main Street, Sag Harbor
The Home Depot
1550 Old Counrty Rd, Riverhead
Henry Persan & Sons
79 Division Street, Sag Harbor
Westhampton True Value
133 Montauk Hwy, Westhampton
41 Main Street, Southampton
1461 Old Country Road, Riverhead
494 Montauk Hwy, East Quogue
23 Jagger Lane, Southampton
Shinnecock Hardware (west)
91 W. Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays
Shinnecock Hardware (east)
849 County Road 39, Southampton