The City begins picking up leaves in residential areas on the first weekday in November following the garbage collection routes and makes two complete passes throughout the city.
In 2018, crews began with Friday's garbage collection area on November 1. Once Friday's area is finished, crews will start picking up leaves in Monday's area, etc. Working through a garbage collection area does not mean that the crews will necessarily be there on Tuesday or Wednesday, etc., but that they are working in that collection area which may take one week or more to complete before they are able to move into the next garbage collection area.
December 7 Update: Crews have completed the first round of collection in Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays areas and moved into Thursdays area on November 30. Crews will finish up Thursdays area on December 10 and will then start the final round back in Fridays area. Since November 1, crews have collected 1300.15 tons of leaves.
This map allows you to visually observe what part of the current route the crew is working in.
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Alternate Leaf Disposal Option
As an option for city residents, loose leaf drop off sites will be available in the softball parking lot off of Ruth Street at the northeast corner of Pioneer Park and in the parking lot off of Hilbrooke Drive on the east side of Howard-Tietan Park from November 1 to January 11. Residents may take their loose leaves to one of these locations in addition to or in place of having them picked up in the street by the City crews. Drop off areas accept loose leaves only - no bagged leaves. If illegal dumping of material other than leaves becomes a problem at the drop sites, the areas will be removed.
Requirements for Leaf Pickup
- Pile loose leaves in the street along the curb near the gutter.
- Keep the gutter clear. Allow at least 1 foot between the curb and the leaves.
- Don't block stormwater grates.
- Separate loose leaves and brush. Piles that contain limbs, brush or other yard waste will not be picked up.
- Leaves need to be free of other debris and not bagged.
- Park vehicles at least ten feet away from piles.
- Do not place leaves in lanes of travel (bike lanes/travel lanes).
- Loose leaves are picked up at no extra charge to city residential sanitation customers.
- This program helps to keep gutters and storm drainage grates clean and working properly through the winter.
- The Loose Leaf Collection Program lasts approximately six to eight weeks.
- Crews make two trips around town following the Sanitation routes.
- Two front-end loaders with claw attachments and two rear load garbage trucks with special chutes are used. The claw picks up the leaves and places them into the chute/hopper of the rear load garbage truck.
- The street sweeper follows on the last round.
- The City recycles leaves as compost.