News Briefs: Goodwill collection, Leaf collection
NEW CANAAN — The First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan sponsors a donation drive for Goodwill Industries of Western Connecticut on the second Saturday of every month, through December.
The next collection date will be Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of clothing, furniture and household items in good condition are sought and receipts for tax purposes will be available. Goodwill Industries provides vocational services for people with disabilities and special needs.
Over 60 percent of its operating revenue comes from the sale of donated goods in its retail stores.
NEW CANAAN — Beginning Oct. 30, vacuum trucks will pick up the leaves raked to curbside by homeowners in those areas of town zoned for building lots of one acre or less.
In those areas, homeowners should rake all of their leaves into the curb. Do not put leaves in plastic bags or mix them with brush or debris. The leaves are recycled into garden compost, so they must be free of foreign matter. Debris or sticks will clog the vacuum trucks, causing breakdowns and delays. Leaves must be in a windrow, not in a pile. Residents in the two- or four-acre zones of town are requested to compost the leaves on their own property. Vacuum trucks will not collect in those areas.
Yard maintenance contractors must have proper forms (available at Highway Department office) signed by New Canaan residents before they can dispose of leaves at the composting area, located across from the Waveny entrance on Lapham Road. Residents may also deposit their leaves at that location. It is important to note that contractors will be screened to be sure the leaves originate in New Canaan. Anyone found violating this policy will be suspended from using the facility for an appropriate period of time, as determined by the director of Public Works.
Composted material is usually made available to residents for use in their gardens to enrich their soil the following spring.
The composting site will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during normal working days. Call 203-594-3704 for more specific information. Leaves may be raked to curbside until Nov 27. Leaves put out after that date will not be collected by the Highway Department; however, the leaf-composting site will be available through Dec. 8.