Take advantage of the two Leaf Collection Season options for disposing of fallen leaves (see below) offered every fall or use the City's yard waste collection service provided every Wednesday (March-January).
The leaf vacuum program helps keep our lakes, rivers, and streams healthy while keeping our community beautiful and safe. When large numbers of leaves enter the storm sewer, the nutrients from decaying leaves overwhelm and choke out aquatic life. The leaf vacuum truck program keeps leaves out the street, reducing the number of leaves swept into the storm sewer and the likelihood of street flooding due to plugged drains. Keeping leaves out the street also reduces the risks associated with kids playing in leaf piles.
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Option 1: Curbside Vacuum Service
In addition to leaf collection on City property, Public Works will be collecting the community’s leaves curbside according to the guidelines below:
- Rake/blow leaves to the curb (or at least to your property line) but NOT in the gutter pan, on the street or on the sidewalk
- For removal by Public Works, place leaves out for collection by the start date indicated on the “No Parking” signs for your route.
- Keep leaf piles less than 2-3 feet in height.
- Keep leaves away from ditches, pipes, and culverts.
- Do not put materials such as DIRT, ROCKS, METAL, and BRANCHES in the piles; these items will prevent crews from collecting your leaves, as they can damage the vacuum.
Public Works utilizes a collection schedule that divides the city into seven areas beginning with the area that is anticipated to drop leaves first and heaviest. This year, the curbside leaf collection vacuum service will begin in Area 2 followed by Areas 3 through 7 in order. Area 1 will be collected last. Leaf collection is a process which can last up to three months. Public Works will get to every street at least twice during that time in above-mentioned order. Daily updates of where the collection is taking place and where crews will be going next will be posted at the top of this page.
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Option 2: "Bag-n-Go"
You do not have to use the vacuum service to get rid of your leaves. Bagged leaves can be placed at the curb in biodegradable lawn and leaf bags on your normal yard waste collection days on Wednesdays. These types of bags can be found at Home Improvement/Lawn & Garden stores. We request biodegradable bags because they are environmentally friendly and can be recycled, right along with leaves.
For this option, there is no limit to the number of bags that will be collected curbside.
Local residents can pick up compost Monday-Friday between 8 am-4 pm. Assistance from city staff will not be available.
A majority of the leaves collected are composted for use around the city, but mainly the City donates it for residential use. The compost pile is located at 301 E. Cork Street (City Yards). See map below. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works staff at 540-667-2399.