Every year the city works with residents to collect fallen leaves from the curb to create clean and safe neighborhood streets in preparation for the winter season.
Once the leaves have fallen, the city sends leaf crews armed with vacuum machines and rakes, to condense the debris, and keep our streets clean.
- Dates: Monday, October 25th - Friday, December 3rd
- Time: Residents may rake leaves to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on their scheduled leaf pickup days. Please rake the leaves into a long line along the tree lawn instead of into one large pile, like in years past.
- Each residence receives three (3) scheduled leaf pick-up dates. These dates may not follow your regular sanitation collection date.
- Leaf Crews will pick up bulk lines of leaves on your scheduled dates. Due to limited staff resources and safe COVID practices, all leaves will be picked up directly from the tree lawn. When placing the leaves along the tree lawn, please avoid placing the leaves behind all obstructions such as poles, mailboxes, and trees. Inclement weather conditions or holidays could cause minor delays in the collection program.
- Please note, leaves placed in brown paper yard waste bags will not be picked up. After leaf pickup is complete, leaves will only be picked up in your tan yard waste carts on your city trash pickup day. Brown paper yard waste bags are no longer accepted. Do not place leaves in plastic bags or any other container for trash pickup. This is prohibited by City ordinance.
- Rulings of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency prohibit all open burning, including leaves. A Citizen’s Guide for Home Composting is available through the Neighborhood Excellence, Communications, and Community Outreach Department.
Delays may occur due to inclement weather; however, every household will receive three leaf pickups before the season ends.
Tips for Successful Leaf Removal
- Please do not park cars street-side during scheduled pick-up days, as it may be impossible for the truck to pick up the leaves.
- Leaves will not be picked up if mixed with tree limbs, debris, or any additional waste.
- Do not rake leaves into the street.
Reduce Flooding by Keeping Storm Sewers Clear of Debris
Residents are reminded not to rake leaves into the street as this may clog the storm sewers and result in serious flooding during heavy rains. To mitigate chances of flooding, place leaves in tan yard waste carts before and after the Curbside Leaf Pickup Program takes place. Or, consider mulching your leaves as an alternative that provides nutrients to your lawn. Learn more about leaf mulching here.
In early October, stop by the Utility Billing department or call the Leaf Hotline at (330) 971-8031 for more information.