Some county residents still await winter leaf pickup

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY NewsCenter 16 spoke with residents living in St. Joseph County who say they would rather pay for private services next year rather than use the county's free leaf program.

Greenworld—the company contracted by the county—said it would do two pickups in November but some townships never received a first round.

The second pass-through was delayed to December 2, but after snow storms, people living in areas like Clay and Harris townships say they have had leaves out for weeks.

“We had a first snow and they said once the snow melted they would continue the leaf pickup after it melted, people continued to rake leaves to the curb but they never showed up,” said Chad Bartalone, who lives in Clay Township.

Robin Harber, also of Clay, is in the same situation.

“I called twice because I called to make sure we were on the list, which we were, and then I called when the leaf pickup didn't take place when it was supposed to and they said they were behind schedule because of the weather,” he said.

Greenworld told us earlier in the month that the program started during the worst weather conditions possible. It remains unclear whether December leaf pickups will finish up or if the county will wait until spring time.

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