It’s that time of year again when the leaves start to fall and the City starts it annual leave collection program. Loose leaf collection season starts November 1st and runs through March 31st. Please see our leaf collection policy below.
Leaf Collection Policy:
There are four (4) ways that you can dispose of the leaves from your yard:
- Mulching: This is a simple and natural way to recycle your leaves by mulching them up with your lawn mower. Not only does this allow the natural nutrients to return to the soil it helps the City keep your Solid Waste fees down.
- Yard Waste Carts: The City offers a 95 gallon yard waste cart for purchase to its residents for $75.00. This cart is used for mulchable materials only such as leaves, sticks, and small trimmings and other organic yard waste. Unfortunately these carts cannot be used for grass clippings because there are no mulch contractors that will accept grass clippings. Once purchased the cart is the property of the resident. A maximum of three (3) yard waste carts per residents is allowed.
- Bagging: You can bag your leaves and place them at the curb for collection on your scheduled pickup day. Leaf bags should weigh no more than fifty (50) pounds each. At no time are leaf bags to be placed in the roadway. Leaf bags should not be placed under low hanging power, cable or phone lines, in drainage ditches, around fire hydrants, next to utility poles or their support cables, cable or phone boxes, power transformers or mailboxes.
- Loose Leaf Collection: From November 1st through March 31st only loose leaves will be collected by the City’s leaf vacuum trucks. During this time residents may place their loose leaves at the curb or shoulder of the roadway in a dome shaped pile or windrow. The leaf pile or windrow should be loose leaves only and be free of all other debris such as limbs, sticks or twigs. Leaves must be placed no more than five (5) feet from the pavement. At NO time should the leaves be placed in the roadway or drainage ditch. The City’s loose leaf crews will make one full collection of the City before beginning another collection cycle. The time between collections varies depending upon the volume of leaves out for collection. Sometimes it may be four (4) to six (6) weeks between collections. Loose leaves that become scattered after they have been placed in piles or windrows will not be cleaned up by the City.
If you have any questions please call our Solid Waste office at 385-6486 or Public Works office at 385-5570.