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>Residents told not to put raked leaves in street

Leaf collection in the Town of Tonawanda is scheduled to begin today, and residents should place leaves between the sidewalk and curb -- not in the street.

"Raking the leaves into the street will hinder the ability of our street sweepers to get down streets and keep them clean," said Highway Superintendent Bradley A. Rowles. "Also, raking leaves into the street will . . . increase the potential for street flooding."

Police Chief Anthony J. Palombo also noted that doing so is a violation of Town Code because it raises the potential of accidents and other traffic problems.

Beginning Monday, crews will follow garbage-collection routes, picking up leaves the day after garbage day.

Rowles said the town usually collects almost 2,000 tons of leaves each fall. They're stored at the Highway Department for use as compost and mulch, which is available free to residents.

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