Kearny residents: Please follow leaf-disposal guidelines

Change is never easy. We know that. But in the case of the Town of Kearny’s change in the way autumnal leaves are discarded, the process is easy — and the Department of Public Works needs your cooperation.

In the past, residents had to sweep their leaves into a pile and keep them out front on days when streets were to be swept.

The street cleaner would come by and pick them up. But not anymore.

The new method calls for residents to place the leaves in biodegradeable bags, which can easily be purchased at the DPW garage on Bergen Avenue.

They will then be picked up on certain days with trash, depending on the zone in which you live.

It’s that simple.

If you do not comply with the new guidelines, first, a warning would be issued.

Thereafter, you’re subject to fines.

There’s no reason for that to occur, however.

The bags being sold by DPW are an affordable $5 for 10 bags. You may also use your own biodegradeable bags purchased elsewhere.

So please, do your part and comply.

The last thing folks need, now, are fines for lack of compliance.

Get your bags today — and do it the right way.

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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.