A friend suggested wrapping the bags in an old blanket and then picking up the blanket. That might work to keep from poking thru the bags. But, yes, oh my this stuff is beautiful. Not only finely shredded dry leaves, grass, and pine needles but he managed to suck up a lot of dust/soil as well, so really it's like "add water, stir, and instant compost." Let's pass a new law: All curbside trash must be in clear bags so compost collectors can see what's what!