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Leaf collection program begins Oct. 17

The City Street Division has begun its annual stormwater cleanup effort and is providing leaf recycling options to the community.  Street sweepers are working city roads to eliminate excess leaf build-up in streets and prevent the clogging of stormwater inlets, which can cause flooding and adversely impact water quality.  This proactive effort helps prevent more costly emergency maintenance if drains get clogged.             

Residents can help maintain the crucial operations of our City's stormwater drainage system by properly disposing of fall leaves. Citizens are reminded to not rake or blow leaves and other yard debris into the street or storm drains.  Doing so can clog drainage ways and is a violation of City Code.  

One alternative option is to mulch leaves with a mulching blade and use as compost in your yard to enrich the soil.  Or, take your leaves to one of the City's drop off locations to be turned into compost that is given away free to residents each spring.  Two drop-off locations are available to recycle leaves.


1.    October 17 - November 30

Hancock Salt Shed (1202 E. Caramillo St.)

Staffed Monday - Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


If leaves are brought in plastic bags, the bags will need to be emptied and taken with the resident.  Hazardous materials, plastics, branches and other items are not allowed. Leaves will be taken to the City Street Division’s recycle yard and turned into compost.

Rocky Top Resources (1755 East Las Vegas Street) also takes leaves for recycling (residential only) on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Recycling is free with a canned good donation for Care and Share.            

Composting is a good option for leaves and yard debris because according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it is a form of recycling that prevents filling our landfills, helps prevent pollution, enriches soils and reduces the production of methane gas. 

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