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Pick-up of leaves not behind schedule, city official says

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Across the city, piles of leaves are stacking up as Memphians rake fallen leaves in their yards.

Wednesday afternoon, Dave Burnette was attacking the leaves in his yard for the first time this season.

"All the big trees in the neighborhood here - we're lucky to have them," he said. "They're nice in the summertime with the shade, but in the fall, you gotta pay the price."

With a little help from a hired hand, gigantic bags full of Burnette's leaves were soon moved to the curb.  And therein lies the problem: all across the city, bags of yard waste are stacking up.

According to Keith Richardson of Memphis' Solid Waste Department, changing trees and dangling leaves, combined with the holidays, create a yard waste backlog every year.

"We're no further behind this year than we were last year." Richardson said Wednesday. "Not that we're behind. It's just our peak season."

Richardson said a new plan will go into effect next week, when the city will re-allocate a series of heavy duty trucks dedicated solely to yard waste collection in an effort to increase productivity.

"Be patient," he said. "We will be there."

The city asks you not put any leaves into your garbage cart.  The leaves will be taken to a huge compost pile, which city officials say they can ultimately sell for about $40,000.

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