It’s time to place your bagged leaves, yard waste and brush by the curb … and you can continue to do so through the fall!

The city announced that pickup starts April 8, only on your recycling day. While pickup continues to be every other week, thanks to the city’s purchase of a $326,500 packer truck last year, it will run uninterrupted through Nov. 30 (weather permitting). The Department of Public Works will man this truck and, thus, can control when it hits the road. Previously, the city paid a trash hauler to pick up yard waste.

Leaves and yard waste should be place in paper bags or in plastic barrels with orange “Yard Waste” stickers, available for free at City Hall. Brush cannot be placed in bags or barrels and will be picked up the Friday of your recycling week.

There will be a 1-day delay in pickup the week of April 14 due to the Patriots Day holiday.

Residents call also drop off leaves, yard waste and brush at the Transfer Station, 50 Huntington Ave., on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7am-1:45pm; Wednesday, 7am-5:30pm; Saturday, 8am-2:30pm.

Street-sweeping schedule announced

Spring cleaning includes our streets, roads, avenues, circles, etc.

The DPW’s street sweeper fires up its rotating brushes starting the week of April 1. Find out when the sweeper expects to be in your precinct by checking out the ad on Page xx. Residents can help by sweeping their sidewalks into the gutter line. And, for goodness sake, don’t make piles!

Street sweeping is weather permitting.

For questions on either of these programs, call the DPW for more info: (978) 983-8545.