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City Leaf Pick-up Begins in October

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The deal is the same as last year no vacuum service unless you’re willing to shell out $30. The four options are spelled out below.

The method not mentioned by the city is letting them stay in your yard. Use the leaves to create mulch. At our house, a few passes with the mulching lawnmower chops up the leaves fairly well and the stay on the grass and provide nutrients the yard.

Consumer Reports has a nice article, For the Greenest Yard, Leave the Leaves Behind on alternatives to sending your leaves to the landfill.

If leave the leaves be doesn’t work for you here are your options.

Four options for leaf pick-up:

Option 1 | Bag Collection (10 bags)

  • Begins October 1
  • Up to 10 bags collected on trash day
  • Biodegradable plastic bags preferred·
  • Place bags near supercan

Option 2 | Unlimited Bag Collection by Sector

  • Wednesday trash collection  Leaves collected between Oct. 30 – by Nov. 13
  • Thursday trash collection Leaves collected between Nov. 14 – Nov. 23
  • Monday trash collection Leaves collected between Nov. 25 – Dec. 09
  • Tuesday trash collection Leaves collected between Dec. 10 – Dec. 28


Option 3 | $30 Vacuum Service

  • Begins November 1 and will continue based upon available funding
  • Rake leaves to front property line
    • Request by calling 3-1-1
    • RVA311.com (online or mobile app) 15-day window provided, based upon availability.

Note: Leaves must be raked and ready for pick-up when the service request is made. 

Option 4 | Do-It-Yourself

Dispose of loose leaves at:

  • East Richmond Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road
  • Maury Landfill, 2900 Maury Street

Residents can pay for vacuum service in person at the DPW main office on the 7th floor of City Hall; mail in payment to DPW at 700 E. Broad St., Suite 704, Richmond, VA 23219 or, if requesting service online of through 3-1-1 the fee can be placed on the utility bill.
On October 1, residents can call 3-1-1 or 646-LEAF for schedule information or for updates in the event inclement weather causes delays. Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to [email protected].

For more information on the leaf program, visit www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/Leafcollection.aspx

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Use Exact Change or E-Zpass on Powhite Parkway Starting Today

There will be no manned booths taking money on Powhite for the foreseeable future.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has temporarily suspended cash exchange tolls on Powhite Parkway extension and the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge. This means there won’t be someone to take your money so either have exact change, pay too much, or use an E-Zpass. No mention of any changes to Nickel aka Boulevard Bridge.

As of April 1, if you make an unpaid trip on a Virginia toll facility, you may be able to pay that toll through the “missed-a-toll” process before receiving a notice/invoice. The “missed-a-toll” payment process must take place within six days of the unpaid toll trip.

The standard administration fee associated with “missed-a-toll” has been suspended temporarily.

Exact change can still be dropped into the coin basket at the Powhite Parkway Extension.

E-ZPass is now the most convenient and safest way to pay tolls.

For more information or to order your own E-ZPass, click here.

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Hurry in a Curry to be First Friday Food Truck at Westover Place

Planning your weekly dinner menus just got another option.

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The folks at Westover Place, the strip of stores between The Forest and 48 Hours, will be hosting a rotating food truck every Friday. It will be a single truck and this week is one of my favorites.

Curry in a Hurry will be parked in front of the former “Stories” location (5065 Forest Hill Ave) on Friday (4/3) from 4 – 7 PM. If you’re looking for a little variety or an excuse to take a walk on Friday now you’ve got a good reason. The menu might be a little different for Friday but this is the standard menu.

Never had Curry in a Hurry? This is what owner Barry Hodge has to say about his offerings.

Well, here we are, this is my passion – curry, not just any curry, but British Indian curry. I have been eating this food since I was 5, I have been making this delightful food since I was 15 and now feel it’s time to share the delights of British Indian Curry with the good people of Richmond.

Over the past 60 years it has become the #1 take-away food in England and is now regarded as the “national dish”. Ask anyone you may know who comes from England what they most miss apart from the pubs, they may well tell you it’s the curry. What makes this style of curry any different from any other curry?  Its hard to say, but much has to do with the fresh ingredients, the exotic spices, the aromatic flavors and of course (if desired), the mouth tingling taste!

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