Fall leaf collection begins soon

The city fall leaf collection begins Oct. 28, according to William C. Wright, general manager of city Streets and Parks Department.

Collection continues through the last full week of November, weather permitting, he said.

Residents should place leaves along the curb line of the main streets, but be aware no alley pickup is possible due to the equipment size used for the collection.

All neighborhoods will be picked up on an ongoing basis during this time.

Once a street has been cleared it will be at least one week until crews return to that area.

Collection is for leaves only and residents must source separate leaves from materials such as limbs, brush and yard waste, according to the city ordinance.

“The reason is brush can jam or damage city equipment, especially when it is hidden in the leaves,” Wright said.

Collection is for loose leaves and no leaves that are placed in plastic bags or any other container will be picked up, he said.

Residents may also take leaves, yard debris and tree trimmings to the city mulch pile at anytime located adjacent the recycling center at the public services building, 1550 W. Third St.

The city also provides a spring yard waste pickup in conjunction with Earth Day each April.

The department won’t accept calls or do special pickups, Wright said.