Temperatures are dropping, the leaves are beginning to turn colors - and pretty soon, they'll be falling all over lawns, sidewalks and driveways.
The advent of autumn means Doylestown Borough's 2012 leaf-collection program is about to begin.
The borough collects leaves from the curbside along the streets of Doylestown throughout the fall. A truck with a vacuum attachment sucks the leaves up as it travels down the street, borough manager John Davis said Monday.
The borough is divided into five sections. Crews move through each section on a set schedule. For details on when they will be coming through each neighborhood, click on the attached PDF file.
To that end, residents are asked to rake the leaves to the curbside on the weekend before collection starts in their area. Davis said leaves should be to the curb by first thing on Monday morning - between 6 and 7 a.m. Leaves should be unbagged and free of sticks or other debris.
Borough residents also can drop off bagged leaves any time during leaf season at the borough's public works yard at the end of Harvey Avenue.
Curbside leaf collection begins on Monday, October 15. Residents also may drop off bagged leaves beginnning that day.
The borough is able to offer the free leaf-collection program because of its partnership with Jeffrey Sparks Excavating, of Buckingham, Davis said.
Doylestown trucks take the collected leaves to the excavating company's site on Burnt House Hill Road, Davis said, as they have for more than 20 years.
"It's close enough that the trucks can drop it off and the turn around time is very short. And it's free," Davis said. "If we had to take them to a landfill and pay the cost, and the distance involved, we probably wouldn't be able to" offer leaf collection.
For more details on the collection program, click the PDF file attached to this story.