Neighborhood leaf collection starts today


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News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Neighborhood leaf collection starts today
Growing Trend, up 17%, Puts Schedule in the Bag

(October 15, 2015) – Neighborhood leaf collection begins Monday October 19, in the Central part of the City. (See map) Street Department crews will make two sweeps through every neighborhood in the City over the next seven weeks.

Collection at the curb can be as early as 7 a.m. Leaves should be placed the day before in the park strip, where possible, and not in the street.

Residents can visit for up-to-date information on what neighborhoods will have leaves collected each day. A phone recording also offers daily updates—residents can call 427-2302. The webpage and phone line are updated each afternoon during the collection season.


Pick a Time
A growing number of residents are taking advantage of the ability to schedule a pick-up for bagged leaves. This service allows residents to have the leaves picked up when they want them picked up, and is growing in popularity. Last year we saw a 17% increase in the number of residents placing leaves in biodegradable bags, and calling 311 to schedule a pick-up. The leaves will be picked up in the biodegradable bags, at the curb, within two business days after placing the call to 311. Last year more than 22,000 biodegradable bags were picked up through this service.


Beginning Monday
The 2015 Fort Wayne Leaf Pick-up schedule (See 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.


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.


No Burning
Burning leaves within the City limits is a violation of City Code. The fine is $50; $75 after 30 days (Ordinance #74.70)


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