Public Works crews will be starting leaf collection on November 7th, 2022. Residents in Zone 1 should have their leaves curbside for collection the weekend prior to crews starting. Residents can also bag leaves and place them 3 to 5 feet from the edge of pavement and crews will collect them on their regular brush and junk routes. Residents in later zones for collection will experience quicker service this way if they do not wish to wait for loose leaf collection in their respective zone.
If you would like your leaves collected, please rake them 3 to 5 feet from the edge of the road and 3 to 5 feet away from any obstacles (mailboxes, trees, fences, poles, yard decorations and vehicles). Leaf piles too close to obstructions will not be picked up by leaf crews because doing so could potentially damage the obstruction in question or the equipment. Additionally, do not rake leaves over underground utility access areas in yard frontage, such as water meter valve covers, etc. This may result in covers being pulled into the leaf vacuum impeller, resulting in damage, costly repairs, and ultimately delays in service.
Do not place any leaves in the road, in ditches or on sidewalks. In areas where there are sidewalks leaves should be placed behind the sidewalk and crews will collect them from there.
Please do not rake leaves into the roadways. It causes driving to be hazardous by narrowing the width of travel lanes and makes travel lanes slick during rain events. This may also cause clogging in storm drains and pipes and can lead to localized flooding.
Leaf crews will be working in specified zones throughout the city. Once a zone is completed the crews will move to the next zone in sequential order. Once crews complete all zones they will start back at the first zone and go through all zones a second time. Crews are not able to pick up leaves on a call-in basis until two full cycles of the route have been completed.
As an alternative you may bag your leaves and place them 3 to 5 feet from the edge of pavement, adhering to the other guidelines previously set forth and the Public Works Department will collect them on the regular Brush / Junk route.
In 2018 Public Works implemented a new system for visiting leaf collection zones. Instead of starting in Zone 1 every year and working through Zone 12, the starting zone and order will change in four year cycles. In 2018, the first year of the cycle, crews picked up leaves in the usual pattern, starting in Zone 1 and working counter-clockwise to Zone 12. In 2019, the second year of the cycle, crews started in Zone 12 and worked clockwise to Zone 1. In 2020, the third year of the cycle, crews will begin in Zone 6 and work clockwise (Zones 6 through 1 then 12 through 7). In 2021, the final year of the cycle, crews will begin in Zone 7 and work counter-clockwise (Zones 7 through 12 and 1 through 6). In 2022 the cycle will start again. Please see the table below for a visual representation of this change:
If you have questions, please call (423) 744-2745.