In January, we put another productive and well-coordinated leaf collection season behind us. With staff from Surface and Park Operations and the Roosevelt Yard call takers all working together, we collected 12,826 cubic yards from the beginning of November 2019 through the middle of January 2020. Sixty-six percent (8,468 cubic yards) of those leaves were delivered to private homes and 22 percent (2,782 cubic yards) were distributed and put to good use in our community gardens. Due to an unusually high quantity of branches and other debris, 12 percent (1,576 cubic yards) of the loads went to commercial recyclers.
Progress was slightly hindered in the first round due to heavy leaf drop. This reduced the volume of leaves for the second round, leading to a speedy collection and delivery at the end the season. As a result, all staff returned to regular duties ahead of schedule and began preparing additional equipment for winter operations.