Public Works crews have completed their second and final pass through the city, marking the end of the 2021-22 leaf collection and delivery season. Crews started collecting and delivering leaves in mid-November, first starting in the downtown core and moving outwards. Despite several challenging weather events, crews were able to complete leaf season ahead of schedule.
“This fall and early winter were busy with different emergencies, from flooding to snow and ice response,” said Nick O’Quinn, Surface Maintenance Supervisor. “Despite working to address all of those issues, we were able to complete leaf collection and delivery season in a timely manner.”
In all crews collected 10,579 cubic yards of leaves in their two passes through the city. Night street sweeper crews collected an additional 2,609 yards of debris. Each cubic yard is about the amount of leaves that can be placed in a yard debris bin.
Many people also choose to utilize leaves for their yards and gardens. This year public works staff delivered leaves to 309 homes. Leaves not distributed through the delivery portion of the program were taken to local recyclers. None of the leaves were taken to the landfill.
While leaf season is completed, street sweeper operators will continue cleaning up any additional leaves. Some areas will be signed with temporary no parking signs to give all street sweeper operators the ability to complete a thorough cleanup. To avoid being towed please move your vehicle to allow safe operation of the street sweeper. People should not place or blow any more leaves or debris into the street.
The Leaf Collection and Delivery Program is part of the City’s stormwater program. Picking up leaves minimizes flooding and improves water quality. For more information about the City’s leaf collection and delivery program, go to eugene-or.gov/leaf.