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Manassas Utilities and Public Works Dept. Collects 1,400,000 Pounds of Leaves
Manassas Utilities and Public Works Dept. Collects 1,400,000 Pounds of Leaves

For more than 20 years, the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works department has offered the “Rake ‘Em to the Curb” leaf-collecting program, vacuuming up more than 1, 400,000 pounds of leaves each fall season, from October through January. For a leaf collection schedule and a map, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8378.

“Our leaf collection program is very popular with the community and we encourage our customers to utilize the earth-friendly options to dispose of leaves--whether it’s raking leaves for collection, creating a compost pile or using shredded leaves as mulch for plants,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas. 

Each of the 12 sections in Manassas is vacuumed four times to remove all extra leaves.  A leaf collection schedule is available in the September issue of the Manassas Public Works newsletter mailed in the City of Manassas’ resident utility bills. The City of Manassas takes leaves to a local farm which uses leaves to improve soil quality or to Prince William County’s Composting Facility on Balls Ford Road in Manassas, Va.

There are other useful ways to use leaves. Create a compost pile or use a mulching lawnmower to make mulch to protect plant beds from winter weather.  Or instead of raking, rent a leaf blower to blow leaves into piles and place them in a specific “natural” area in the yard.  A key to using leaves for mulch is to cut them up into smaller pieces, especially large leaves.  They decay much sooner and allow for water to soak in rather than run off. 

ABOUT CITY OF MANASSAS
Established in1913, the City of Manassas Utilities/Public Works department ensures the availability of safe, reliable water usage, electric utilities, as well as provides responsive maintenance and collection services at an affordable cost to citizens of Manassas, Va., Manassas Park, Va. and parts of Prince William County, Va. It is noted for its environment-friendly projects and equipment, while tasked with capital projects that enhance public and private infrastructure. The utilities team participates in community fundraisers, like Toys for Tots, the United Way, American Public Power Association Tree Power and Arbor Day. The department holds memberships with America Public Power Association, American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association and the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce.

The City of Manassas, Va., is an independent, full service city of 10-square miles in Northern Virginia.  The City is rich in history and the Manassas Junction of railroads played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. The City has a population of 35,821, owns its own public utilities, has the busiest general aviation airport in Virginia and is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.  Manassas has been recognized by the Virginia Municipal League and other national and state organizations for its highly successful neighborhood improvement programs and by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

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