If you have a maple tree in your yard, you know that fall has arrived as the colorful yellow and red leaves have begun falling all over your yard.
You have your brown collection bags and rakes at the ready just waiting for the word to begin the annual "bagging" of the leaves.
And the Belmont Public Works Department has just released the 411 on leaf collection.
Leaves and yard waste will be collected curbside every week on your regular rubbish day between this Monday, Oct. 22 to Dec. 6 if they are in trash barrels no greater than 32 gallons or more than 50 pounds marked with two "yard waste" stickers provided by the town (you can get those at the Town Clerk's Office and at the DPW Office in the Homer Building) or put in 30 gallon brown biodegradable paper bags, again, not weighing more than 50 pounds.
As with every year, no plastic bags will be accepted.
In addition, for those who just can't wait, from Oct. 22 through Dec. 8, residents may bring leaves in any type of clean container and empty them into the community compost pile at the Transfer Station at 1130 Concord Ave.
The Transfer Station hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m to 3 p.m., except Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day and Nov. 22 which is Thanksgiving Day).
The Transfer Station will also be open on seven Saturdays – Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1 and 8 – from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Residents should bring identification such as a driver’s license so the DPW can verify Belmont residency.
Or you can skip all this and begin composting your leaves. Call the Highway Division at 617-993-2690 if you have questions or would like information about composting.