You can think that Spring begins with the vernal equinox, the first flower poking through the soil or when the first pitch is thrown at Fenway Park.
But the season only truly starts when the Belmont Highway Department begins collecting Spring yard waste. And that day is today, April 1.
And the Highway Department has a few easy steps to follow for all residents to know:
• For those residents with Green recycling bins, yard waste will be collected every other week on your recycling day starting today, April 1.
• For those residents with Blue recycling bins, your recycling day will be starting on the week of April 8.
• Remember yard waste must be placed curbside in 32-gallon trash containers, marked with two "Yard Waste" stickers provided by the town (you can get them for free at the Town Clerk's office and the Belmont Public Library) or be placed in 30-gallon brown paper biodegradable bags, which may be purchased locally. Containers may not exceed 50 pounds.
Leaves, twigs (one-inch or less), grass clippings, weeds and flowers, wood chips, house and garden plants, hedge and shrub pruning and other easily raked yard waste.
The larger branches will be picked up on your regular trash collection day to be incinerated if they are cut in sections no longer than three feet and tied in a bundle with string no larger than two feet in diameter; however, no one piece can be more than six-inches in diameter.
Do not include:
Food scraps, brush, trash of any kind, soil, sod, rocks or tree limbs or branches greater than one-inch in diameter (see above).