I question the efficiency, financial and otherwise, of the city's leaf collection program.
Requiring that leaves be put out in paper bags, at a cost of $1 a bag, is a financial burden to most homeowners in Queens. And how many trash cans are available considering our leafy streets and backyards?
Having personally checked a two-block stretch on 36th Street between Astoria Boulevard and 30th Avenue on the days leaves were to be picked up (November 25 and December 9), I noticed one can filled with leaves, no paper bags, but many clear plastic bags filled with leaves.
Sanitation trucks pass through on designated days without picking up leaves because they are not in cans or paper bags! What a waste of taxpayers' money and homeowners' time.
Why are clear plastic bags not acceptable? Many residents participate in the program by putting out leaves in clear plastic bags, but none are picked up. All will be collected later on as garbage. What a waste!
City Hall's good intentions to work in favor of our environment misses the point. Has it ever conducted a study to evaluate the efficacy of its leaf collection program?