News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Just Bag It: Growing Trend Up 60%
Leaf Collection Begins Monday
(October 16, 2014) – Neighborhood leaf collection begins Monday and, as the raking process begins, some residents are opting to bag their leaves and set their own schedule.
The City’s bagged leaf program allows residents to place leaves in biodegradable bags at the curb and call 311 to schedule a pick-up. The bags will be collected within two business days after the call to 311. This option gives residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience. It’s a growing trend that saw a 60% increase in participation last year.
“Falling leaves are weather dependent and last year we saw more than 2,200 residents choose to bag their leaves and have them picked up at the curb,” said Bob Kennedy, Director of the Division of Public Works. “It’s a good way to match leaf collection dates up with your individual schedule.”
Again, bagged leaves must be placed in biodegradable bags and residents must call 311 to schedule a pick-up. Once they’ve called 311, the bags should be placed at the curb.
Pick-up of loose leaves that have been raked and placed in piles at the curb begins Monday in northern neighborhoods. Residents can visit our website at cityoffortwayne.org/leaves
or call 427-2603 to get specific information about which neighborhoods crews will visit each day.
Crews from the Street Department will visit each of the more than 400 City neighborhoods twice between Monday and December 5.
By the numbers:
- Tons of leaves collected last fall: 13,094.69
- Dump Truck loads collected last fall: 3,456.73
- Vacuum Truck loads collected last fall: 440.5
- Scheduled Bagged leaf pick-ups last fall: 2,267
About the Division of Public Works
The Fort Wayne Public Works Division is committed to high quality service on a daily basis. Through services like street repairs, traffic engineering, trails, sidewalks, street and traffic lights, garbage and recycling, permitting, leaf pick-up, and flood control, Public Works touches the lives of every resident, every day of the year. The men and women of the Public Works Division take their community role seriously and strive to provide the highest quality service in a cost-effective way.