News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Rake time: Neighborhood leaf collection starts October 19th
(October 2, 2015) – Street Department crews will be visible in every neighborhood in the City over the next several weeks, collecting leaves in two separate trips through each Fort Wayne neighborhood. This vital City service begins on Monday October 19, 2015.
“This is an important benefit we provide to our neighborhoods. It’s a service that offers convenience, enhances a neighborhood’s appearance, and improves the quality of life in our community,” said Mayor Tom Henry.
There are two ways to have your leaves picked-up this fall. Residents can rake leaves to the curb or park strip in front of their home making sure they are ready for pick-up by 7 a.m. on Monday of their designated week, as leaf collection may occur on any day of the designated collection week. Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves, and cars should not be parked over the leaves.
The second way is to place leaves in biodegradable bags at the curb, and call 311 to schedule a pick-up. This option allows residents to set their own schedule for pick-up. Bagged leaves will be collected within two businesses days of their call to 311.
The 2015 Fort Wayne Leaf Pick-up schedule (Download map)
- Oct. 19-23 Central
- Oct. 26-30 South
- Nov. 2-6 North
- Nov. 9-13 Central
- Nov. 16-20 South
- Nov. 30-Dec. 4 North
There will be no leaf collection on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.
Beginning the afternoon of October 19, daily updates of the specific neighborhoods that crews will be in the next day, will be available at the website www.cityoffortwayne.org/leaves. Additionally, beginning October 19, residents can call the leaf pick-up hotline, 427-2302 to get daily updates.
Safety and Maintenance
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. The fine is $50; $75 after 30 days (Ordinance #74.70)