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City preps for leaf collection

October 21, 2017

Fort Wayne’s annual leaf pickup is gearing up.

Beginning Monday, bagged leaves can be placed at the curb for scheduled pickup within two business days. On Oct. 30, leaves raked to the curb will be collected by the street department beginning in the northern third of the city.

The bagged leaf program allows residents to place leaves in biodegradable bags at the curb and call 311 to schedule a pickup. That option allows residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience. Once residents have called 311, the bags should be placed at the curb.

Those preferring to rake leaves to the curb for pickup should place them in the park strip in front of their homes, not in the street. Leaves in the street can clog storm drains when it rains. Residents should have leaves in the park strip by 7 a.m. on Monday of the week leaves are collected for their area. Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves.

The website cityoffortwayne.org/leaves will have the latest information about the daily neighborhood schedule. The update will begin Friday. A phone call to 427-2603 will give residents access to a recording of the daily update as well.

Crews from the street department will visit each of the more than 400 city neighborhoods twice during the collection season. As a safety precaution, and to assist motorists, parents should remind children to not play in leaf piles near the street.

To prevent street flooding, residents should make sure leaves are not near a storm drain and that storm drains are free and clear to handle rain water.

Burning leaves within the city limits is a violation of city code that carries a fine of 75 after 30 days.