It never fails. When temperatures drop, so do the leaves. With that in mind, the Town of Windsor reminds residents to keep leaves out of the street.
Leaves that fall onto residents’ properties are the responsibility of the property owner and residents are reminded not to blow or rake leaves, twigs, branches, grass clippings, trash or debris into the street. Leaves pushed into the street can end up in storm drains and culverts, potentially causing ice buildups or clogged drains. Clogged drains can result in flooded streets, intersections and homes.
Additionally, when decomposing leaves make their way into the storm sewer system, it can lead to the release of too much phosphorus into the Cache la Poudre River as stormwater is not treated at the waste water treatment plant—it is released directly into the river. This can lead to excessive algae growth and poor downstream water quality.
An abundance of leaves can also cause costly damage to town machinery. Piles can clog the town’s street sweeping machines, which usually results in expensive repairs and a delay in service.
“Windsor’s street sweepers maintain approximately 7,000 miles of streets and highways within town limits each year,” said Streets Operations Manager Brian Rowe. “While street sweepers do a good job of picking up leaves that fall naturally onto the street, they can’t pick up piles of leaves and debris.”
Windsor residents can help maximize the street sweepers’ efforts by keeping trash/recycling cans, sports equipment, basketball hoops, hockey nets, and other obstructions out of the street. If there is a street sweeper in the area, please move vehicles off the street. Additionally, residents can help by trimming their tree branches and any brush that lines the street so street sweepers can have full access to the curb and gutter area. The town’s fall leaf street sweeping operations take place from October through December and will continue until temperatures drop below freezing.
Residents can dispose of leaves, twigs, branches under 18” in diameter, and grass clippings at the Town of Windsor’s Brush Recycling Site, located at 801 Diamond Valley Dr. The site is open through October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Starting in November, it’s open from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, with the new hours in effect through February.
Drop off fees are $5 per load for residents with a permit and $15 per cubic yard for non-residents and commercial entities. With proof of residency, residents can get a permit for free at Town Hall, 301 Walnut St., the Community Recreation Center, 250 N. 11th St., and the Brush Recycling Site.
For questions and more information, call 970-674-5400 or visit windsorgov.com/BrushRecycling.