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Posted on: November 4, 2022

Leaf season starts Monday, November 7

Autumn Leaves with Sunbeams

Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery program begins Nov. 7. Eugene’s leaf program is funded by storm water fees because proper use and disposal of leaves keeps decaying leaves out of local creeks and rivers and helps prevent localized flooding caused by blocked storm drains.  

    

After an initial focus on the central Eugene area, City crews will break into three groups to focus on designated sections of the city. Each crew has the staffing and equipment needed to collect and deliver leaves and sweep streets after the leaves have been picked up. This puts resources closer to neighborhoods and improves service on unimproved streets.

    

Online features allow Eugene residents to look up their address and see when they should pile their leaves neatly in a row parallel to the curb, order leaf deliveries, or report hazards such as leaves in a bike lane. People should place their leaves in the street the weekend before crews are scheduled to be in their neighborhood. The second round of leaf collection will start January 3. Safely pile remaining leaves in the street between Dec. 31 and January 2.


For more information about Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery services, go to www.eugene-or.gov/leaf or call Eugene Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800.


Leaf Preparation Guidelines 

Two priorities that are the same in all three jurisdictions are public safety and operational efficiency. Here are some tips to help meet those objectives:

  • In Eugene and Lane County, leaves must be in the roadway but piled at least 15 feet away from parked vehicles. Do not bag leaves.
  • In Lane County leaf pickup will be provided for paved curb-and-gutter streets only. In Eugene, unimproved streets are picked up during both rounds but equipment must be able to reach the leaves from the hard road surface.
  • In Springfield, leaves need to be put in medium-sized bags that contain only leaves. The bags should be placed curbside, not in the street.
  • Do not pile leaves in bike or traffic lanes or on curbs or sidewalks. 
  • Keep storm drains and gutters clear to prevent localized flooding.
  • Do not mix in other debris such as branches, rocks, lawn clippings, pine needles, or trash.  
  • Leaves are not picked up in private yards or on private streets. 
  • Wait to put leaves in the street until the weekend prior to collection. 
  • Consider recycling leaves as compost or mulch material.  

Schedule Information

Eugene (Leaf Placement Dates for First Round)First Round        Second Round
Central/Core    Nov. 5 and Nov. 6Jan. 3 to Jan. 20
Zones 1Nov. 11 and Nov. 13Jan. 3 to Jan. 20
Zones 2Nov. 19 and Nov. 20Jan. 3 to Jan. 20
Zones 3Dec. 3 and Dec. 4Jan. 3 to Jan. 20
Zones 4Dec. 10 and Dec. 11    Jan. 3 to Jan. 20
Zones 5Dec. 17 and Dec. 18    Jan. 3 to Jan. 20


Eugene 2022 Leaf Service Area Map


2021 leaf map




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