If you live in the town of Owego and want the highway department to pick up your leaves, you'd better put them in paper bags.

The town is advising residents crews will collect leaves over the next couple of weeks.

Only leaves placed in biodegradable paper bags will be picked up. Loose leaves or leaves placed in plastic bags won't be collected.

Leaves won't be taken if they're in bags that contain any other debris.

Bagged leaves should be placed at the curb on town of Owego streets.

Town officials say once leaves have been picked up in a neighborhood, there will be no second chance to have other leaves collected.

The collections are scheduled to be made through November 21, the day before Thanksgiving.