Each year at about this time I unwillingly take on a responsibility that most of of us tackle. I’d much rather pass on it, but that just isn’t possible. The task at hand is gathering up the leaves in my yard for the annual leaf collection.
This season’s highlight is when the leaves turn from green to a rainbow of colors depending on the species of tree. We see more clouds and rainy days, but when the sun does shine it makes the colorful leaves glow. As I have said in previous articles about this subject, there are those who use the fallen leaves in their yard as mulch for the garden, some add them to their compost heap, and others pile them up for the city to collect them.
The City of Eugene has a section on it’s website dedicated to the leaf collection project with the basic rules we need to follow to help do the job right. I point them out so that all of us remember exactly what we are supposed to do and when to do it. Here are the basic rules for gathering your leaves for pick up that the City of Eugene posts.
1) Keep leaves out of the bike lanes or traffic. Eugene code prohibits the obstruction of bike or travel lanes with leaves or any other debris. And, property owners are liable for any injuries or damage that result from placing materials in the street.
2) Wait until the weekend before the scheduled pickup date to place your leaves in the street. Leaves placed in the street too early tend to blow around or get washed into storm drains.
3) If you live on an unimproved street place your leaves where they can be reached from the roadway. Our equipment will not leave the the road’s hard surface.
4) Keep curbs, gutters and catch basins clear to prevent flooding. If a catch basin does plug, scrape the leaves away from the grate. Be extra careful working in traffic lanes or standing water.
5) Keep leaf piles clean. Don’t mix leaves with branches, rocks or lawn clippings because that makes it difficult to reuse the leaves for mulch or compost. Leave at least 15 feet between leaf piles and parked cars.
6) Pile leaves well away from catch basins.
7) Remove leaves from sidewalks. Wet, slippery leaves are a hazard to pedestrians.
8) Once leaf collection has occurred on your street, do not place more leaves in the street until the next scheduled round of collection.
9) Following collection there may be a delay when sweepers finish cleaning the street.
10) Please don’t pile your leaves close to an intersection. The pile can obstruct the view of a driver needing to make a turn at that intersection which could cause a dangerous collision.
Now that you know the rules please feel free go to the City of Eugene Leaf Collection and Delivery Program Leaf Collection page for more detailed information concerning when the pickup will occur in your neighborhood.
The City of Springfield has a leaf pickup service also. For details on how this works in Springfield just go to the City of Springfield Leaf Collection Program which describes their program and when they will be in picking up the leaves in the various parts of Springfield.
Remember to return to the leaf collection web pages for updates on collection dates for your area. If there is bad weather they could be delayed a week and sometimes they can get ahead of schedule and catch you unprepared if they show up a week earlier than you thought. If you miss getting your leaves raked up by the collection dates you can also put them in your yard waste container and your waste disposal company will take them.
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