During leaf collection weeks…
Leaf collection is scheduled by ward. The service crew starts with ward 1, then 2, then 3, then 4. Most years the City provides three rounds of collection. When round 1 is completed, then round 2 starts and so on.
The leaf collection schedule is very fluid due to Mother Nature being so unpredictable. The best source for the up to date schedule is this website. The next best source is the signs posted in the tree lawns leading into each ward.
Look for these signs to be posted a few days before collection is scheduled to begin in your ward. Keep in mind that the first round of leaf collection takes one to two days per ward. The second round takes four to five days per ward and the third takes two to three days per ward. When the sign says leaf removal on Wednesday, that means leaf collection starts the upcoming Wednesday and will make one pass through the ward. You must have your leaves on the roadway by 7:30 am on the scheduled day or the day of the week on the sign. If crews come by your home at 9:00 am and pick up your neighbors leaves and you put them out after the crew has passed your home, the crew will not return until the next scheduled round. It is more time consuming to make multiple passes through the ward picking up leaves that people put out late. Remember: it may take a few days to get to your home even though the sign says leaf removal on a specific day of the week. If the crew is ahead of schedule it sometimes goes into the next ward to get a head start. If that happens, the crew will come back at the posted time so that no one is missed.
Putting your leaves out to the curb sounds like a simple concept, but it’s not that simple. The leaves need to all be within 4’ of the edge of the roadway. The vacuum truck has a large diameter hose that will only reach 4’ to 5’ from the edge of the equipment. Workers need to avoid driving the vacuum off the roadway and rutting the lawn or getting the vacuum truck stuck.
Please do not put sticks, pumpkins, shrubs or other debris in the leaves. This material can clog and damage the vacuum truck. For safety reasons please do not pile leaves around fire hydrants, trees, telephone poles, electrical boxes, cable/phone boxes, light poles, mailboxes or other obstacles.
If you miss leaf collection or do not want to wait for the next collection you always have the option to bag leaves and put them out with your normal trash.