Autumn is approaching quickly, which means the leaves will soon be falling! While many municipalities require residents to collect and bag their yard’s leaves manually, Trackless Vehicles offers an efficient solution for municipalities who run a leaf collection program.
Why Do We Collect Leaves?
- Leaves Clog Storm Drains and Cause Flooding: Fallen leaves can accumulate in storm drains, obstructing the flow of stormwater. When this happens, it becomes challenging for stormwater to move freely through the drainage system. Clogged storm drains can lead to water backup on streets and even into basements. This can result in lawn and basement flooding, causing significant inconvenience and property damage for homeowners.
- Leaching Phosphorus = A Myriad of Problems: When rainwater flows through piles of leaves, it can cause phosphorus to leach out of the leaves. This phosphorus then enters the local waterways through the storm sewer system. Excessive phosphorus in water bodies can contribute to the formation of unsightly and potentially harmful algae blooms. These blooms can turn the water green, emit unpleasant odours, and reduce oxygen levels in the water. Algae blooms harm the plants and animals that inhabit local streams and waterways. This can disrupt ecosystems and lead to a decline in biodiversity.
- Algae Blooms can Impact Public Health and Recreation: If the affected water bodies are used for public water supply or recreational activities, the presence of algae blooms can pose health risks to people. Swimming, boating, or consuming water from such sources can become hazardous.
To mitigate these issues, it’s essential for municipalities and homeowners to take proactive measures to keep storm drains clear of leaves and other debris. Regular maintenance and the use of appropriate drainage management practices can help prevent flooding and protect local water quality and ecosystems. Leaf collection is one of the ways that municipalities can help to mitigate these issues!
The Trackless Leaf Loader is the Ultimate Leaf Cleanup Solution
The Trackless Leaf Loader is a game-changer for municipalities wishing to implement an efficient leaf collection and cleanup program. A municipal leaf collection program is a great service to offer residents but it can also be an expensive venture. The Trackless Leaf Loader is an advanced and efficient leaf loading attachment whereby leaves are picked up curb-side, mulched and blown into a truck ready to be taken offsite. Check out this video to see the Leaf Loader in action cleaning up leaves in a subdivision!
Leaf Mulching and Debris Recycling
The Leaf Loader is capable of loading four trucks per hour or 100,000 pounds of leaves per day. Most customers claim to be three to four weeks ahead of schedule at the end of their leaf pickup season. Loose leaves can be reduced in volume by up to one tenth simply by mulching. This means that far more material can fit into the truck resulting in fewer trips to the collection centre. Even though leaves represent up to 20% of municipal solid wastes, states such as New Jersey and many communities have banned leaf disposal through land fills or incineration. As others follow, mulching and/or composting will soon become mandatory as the first step in leaf disposal or recycling.
Keep Your Operator Warm and Comfortable
The enclosed, heated cab of the Trackless MT provides the operator a safe and comfortable working environment out of any inclement weather conditions. Rain, snow or cold weather won’t affect your operator or the Leaf Loader’s ability to pick up leaves even if they are stuck or frozen to the pavement! Check out the latest MT model from Trackless Vehicles, the Trackless MT7.
Order Yours Today
Offering an efficient leaf collection service can enhance the quality of life for residents. Cleaner streets and prompt leaf removal can lead to higher satisfaction among your community! Interested in ordering a Trackless MT and Leaf Loader attachment for your municipality? Get in touch with your local Trackless Vehicles dealer today.