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Environmental advocates suggest leaving fallen leaves alone to decompose

Less pollution, lower gas emissions when leaves aren't collected

October 27, 2020
By The Charlatan

Allowing leaves to decompose naturally benefits the environment, critics say. Photo by Christianna Alexiou

As leaves continue to fall during the autumn season, conservation groups have been advocating leaves remain on the ground and not be raked up. Not raking up leaves that would otherwise find their way to landfill sites, critics say, will benefit wildlife, reduce water and air pollution and lower greenhouse gas emissions.