What to Know About Leaf Collection
With the fall season upon us once again, it’s time to talk leaf pickup. I would like to go over some of the specifics, as well as let you know how to track what neighborhoods crews are in on any given day. Pickup will begin as leaves start falling in volume – this is typically mid to late October. Crews will continue picking up until approximately December depending on how quickly the trees shed the leaves. There will be advanced notice before crews start the final collection through the City. That information will be posted on the City of Euclid website (www.cityofeuclid.com). Leaf pickup will not be tied to your trash pickup day as in the past. The crews will start in the Southwest corner of the City working across to the Northeast corner. The City website will have the most up to date information on the location of the crews.
Crews do not pick up grass clippings, brush, pumpkins or dead plant material. Leaves only should be piled on the tree lawn for pickup. Keeping the leaves on the tree lawn and out of the street prevents them from blocking water flow to catch basins. Vehicles parked in the street limit the crew from being able to collect the leaves. Please move vehicles if possible when you see the crew on your street for collection. Also, when driving down streets where crews are working, please be cautious of the workers.
A question that is asked every year is what happens to the leaves that are picked up? The City contracts with a compost facility in Wickliffe to accept all leaves collected. The City pays a fee to this facility for the dumping of our leaves. The leaves are then recycled for use in mulch blends that the facility produces.
Last year’s leaf collection total was over 13,000 cubic yards. The City staff works hard to safely and efficiently collect the leaves. Following the tips discussed will result in a better collection of leaves.
For questions regarding leaf collection, call 289-2800.
Daniel Knecht, Service Director
Kirsten Holzheimer Gail
Service Director, City of Euclid