The fall leaf collection program runs from the first week of November through the second week of January. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.
DPW will collect leaves at least twice from each residential neighborhood by “vacuuming” loose leaves residents rake into their treebox(es). DPW also will collect bagged leaves from the curbside treeboxes. Leaves will be sent for composting. Bagged leaves placed in the alley where trash and recycling are placed will be collected with the trash as space in the truck permits.
The 2013-2014 brochure will be posted by mid-October 2013. Click here for the 2013-2014 brochure.
Holiday Tree Collection
In general, holiday trees and wreaths are collected the first two weeks of January from properties that receive DPW trash and recycling collection services. Trees should be placed where trash and recyclables are collected. Trees collected during the first two weeks of January will be composted. Trees placed at the trash/recycling collections site after mid-January will be collected with the trash as space permits in the truck. The 2013-2014 brochure will be posted by mid-October 2013 and will provide the specifics dates when holiday trees and other greenery will be collected for composting.
How You Can Help
Rake leaves into the treebox space the weekend before your street’s collection weeks.
Please – leaves only! Tree limbs, bricks, dirt, rocks, etc., will damage the equipment and delay collections.
Prevent fires, parking problems and possible flooding by placing leaves in the treebox space, not in the street. When it rains, leaves will block the storm drain and cause flooding.
Holiday trees and wreaths will be picked up between December 30 and January 11. Remove all ornaments and between Sunday, December 29 and Sunday, January 5, place the greenery at the curb for collection. Please do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags. Trees collected between December 30 and January 11 will be chipped and composted.
Any trees not collected by January 11 will be picked up as space in the trash trucks allow over the following weeks.