The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 6, 2013

Leaves should be collected again after this cold snap

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Just before this winter blast hit, the city of Enid proactively announced collection of unbagged leaves in green yard-waste polycarts.

The first wave was picked up Wednesday as the temperatures started to plummet. Informed citizens knew the drill and gathered fall foliage accordingly.

Some filled their polycarts to the brim and learned that stuffing them can be dangerous when the Oklahoma wind comes sweeping down the plain. You live and you learn.

For the city, this collection was a good gesture to encourage residents to clear pesky leaves that plug gutters and waterways.

Then the winter wave hit. Temperatures dipped, and we started thinking more about ice scrapers and less about yard rakes.

A second collection is scheduled for Wednesday. Be sure to place your containers on the curb by 7:30 a.m. that day.

It will be brisk. We’ll be lucky if temps cracks 40 degrees between now and the second collection.

We encourage the city to repeat this process again when the weather turns warmer. We just wish we knew when that will be.