Ah, the good ole days.....
"In the bad old days before recycling, a composting fanatic could easily get a couple of pickup loads of neatly bagged leaves each fall. the neighbors were doing all the work. Same thing in spring with grass clippings.
It was a composter's paradise!
Today I have to collect my own clippings---I mow more for the compost and mulch than for the lawn. And I have to scythe huge amounts of weeds to layer with the clippings."
Jack Rattle, in National Gardening, March/April 1994