Southlake residents can have their bags of fallen leaves recycled rather than sent to the landfill this year.

During a Nov. 1 Southlake City Council meeting, Deputy Director of Public Works Lauren LaNeave announced the annual leaf recycling program will continue this fall and winter. Residents can place their bagged leaves on the curb during set dates to be picked up for recycling.

Collection dates for the program are Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Jan. 11 and Jan. 18.

“This is an opportunity to save space in the landfill, do something good for the earth and get those leaves off everyone’s yards,” LaNeave said.

Republic Services, the city’s waste and recycling provider, can collect bagged leaves at any time, but LaNeave said those will go to the landfill. Over the course of the program, she said more than 1,500 tons of leaves have been diverted from the landfill.

To participate in the program, residents must place their bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on collection days, the city's website states. Bags must be physically separated from other solid waste, and any type of bag may be used.

There is not a limit on the number of bags a resident can recycle, but LaNeave said officials ask that residents with more than 25 bags notify the city beforehand. More information on the program can be found on the city’s trash and recycling website.