City leaves pick-up starts today

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News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

City Set to Pick-Up Leaves
Two Pick-Ups Scheduled for Each Neighborhood
Residents Urged to Free Storm Drains from Leaves

(October 20, 2011) – A vital City service, leaf pick-up, will begin next week beginning in Fort Wayne’s northern neighborhoods. Once again, this year, the Street Department will collect leaves in two separate sweeps through each neighborhood. Crews will roll into the neighborhoods between October 24th and December 9th, 2011. (download the map)

Because of the recent heavy rains, the City asks that residents check storm drains and clear leaves from the drains in order to prevent street flooding.

Besides being an important service for homeowners, the City’s leaf collection efforts keep our storm drains clear, prevent street flooding and make our streets safe for pedestrians and vehicles.

Each year the street department collects over 15,000 tons of leaves.

Fort Wayne Leaf Pick-up 2011:

  • October 24-28 North
  • October 31-Nov 4 Central
  • November 7-10 South
  • November 14-18 North
  • November 28- Dec 2 Central
  • December 5-9 South

The shortened week of Thanksgiving, November 21-23, 2011 will be a catch-up week.

Leaf collection can occur on any day of the designated collection week. It is important for residents to have leaves ready for pick-up by 7:00am on Monday of their designated week. Crews cannot backtrack through neighborhoods.

Leaf collection is provided at the street only. Leaves are to be raked to the curb or park strip in front of the residence or placed in biodegradable bags for collection. Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves, and cars should not be parked over the leaves.

Residents can visit the City’s website at to view the schedule for their neighborhood. The site will be updated daily during the collection period with the latest information about where crews will be on a particular day. Additionally, residents can call the leaf pick-up hotline, 427-2302 to get daily updates.

To schedule a pick-up with biodegradable bags, residents can call 3-1-1.

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