16 May 2024

There’s a new “goat” in town and its rolling around Christchurch streets helping munch through the blanket of autumn leaves.

Christchurch City Council contractors are busy with leaf fall season underway now through to July.

How you can help: 
  • You can help reduce build-up by clearing leaves from your own berm and garden and putting them into your green bin.
  • Home gardeners can also put leaves in their compost or pile them at the back of garden borders to break down and add to the soil.
  • Please don’t wait for the street to be cleared and then dispose of your own leaves into the street and then call up for the street to be swept again (it happens more than you may think). This slows down our ability to get around the city and maintain our full roading network.
But this year they’ve got a new tool in their kit – a few new trucks including one fondly nicknamed the “goat”.

“We're always looking for ways to work more efficiently throughout leaf fall season. One of the trucks on our roads can now grind the leaves into small pieces which is why they’ve called it the goat,” City Streets Maintenance Manager Steve Guy said.

“It also reduces the number of times they have to empty a load so they can do more streets at a time.” 

There’s also another new truck rolling around Christchurch streets with a remote-controlled snorkel.

“This new truck means we no longer need a person on the road manually moving the snorkel around. The person who previously operated the snorkel can instead use a leaf blower to direct leaves into an area where the snorkel can reach like around cars,” Mr Guy said.

And a final new truck set to be launched at the end of the month, dubbed “Noo-Noo” after the vacuum in the 90s tv show The Teletubbies.

“Noo-Noo is going to be a great addition for our contactors. One of these holds about the same amount of leaves as three smaller trucks.”

Mr Guy said it’s important for people to still remember that we’re not able to sweep all of the leaves in our city.

“We’ve got five trucks moving through 980 high leaf fall areas throughout the city so our teams focus on areas where the leaves inhibit stormwater, compromise safety and inhibit the growth of underlying plants.”

Mr Guy said residents shouldn’t worry if a sweeper truck leaves halfway through a street.

“This doesn’t mean they’re done with the job, just that the truck is full and needs to be emptied,” he said.

“Please be patient. Our teams work hard to clear leaves as quickly as possible, but sometimes heavy rainfall or high winds can cause more leaves to fall in a shorter period. We don’t want to receive reports of abuse when our teams are simply doing their jobs.

If you are concerned about leaf litter you can contact our Customer Call Centre on 03 941 8999 or log a ticket via the Snap Send Solve app.