The twice-a-year Hamilton Cleanup Days began Monday, November 16. Crews began the process of picking up bagged leaves and bundled branches on the curbs of North Second Street shortly after 8 a.m. (photo above) The crews, accompanied by a front-end loader and a dump truck, will cover the north part of Hamilton - from Main Street to the city limits today.

Tuesday, November 17, the pickups will happen on the south end of town - from Main Street to the southern city limits. And the cleanup days wrap up on Wednesday, when the bags and bundles will be gathered in the neighborhoods east of US 93 to the city limits. The service is for city residents, only.

The City of Hamilton established the lawn and leaf pickup days years ago, about the same time they outlawed open burning in the city limits, stopping the annual fall leaf pile fires that occasionally turned into huge bonfires.

Now, if you have bagged your leaves and lawn debris (no rock, no dirt and no trash) and have bundled tree branch trimmings (not to exceed 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter), the city will pick them up. The leaves provide a large amount of mulching material to help other plants grow.

However, if you left your lawn waste on the curb and it's still there on Wednesday or Thursday, there's probably a Red Tag on it, detailing why they didn't pick it up. Fix the problem and call Public Works and they'll come get it. by the way, the number is 363-6717.

Bags, awaiting pickup. (Steve Fullerton, Townsquare Media)