To help with spring and fall leaf collection, the Solid Waste & Recycling Division offers a loose leaf vacuum collection service.
Fall Leaf Vacuum Collection Ends Thursday, December 5th.
The Cedar Rapids Leaf Vacuum Program will end a day early this year due to the forecasted cold temperatures. The Leaf Vacuum Crews will work to reach all Cedar Rapids customers by the end of the day on Thursday, December 5. While customers generally expect to see the leaf crews on their normal garbage collection day, the new deadline means that the leaf crews will be collecting routes before customers’ normal collection day.
Customers with leaves remaining can do the following::
- Fill your YARDY cart. Yard Waste collection does not end in Cedar Rapids, allowing residents to dispose of organic materials all year long.
- Use bio-degradable leaf bags from now until December 6th. The brown leaf bags are collected during the Leaf Vacuum Collection Program period.
The Leaf Vacuum Collection Program will resume for spring collection in April of 2014.
Get updates on the status of the collection in two different places:
How to Participate
- Rake leaves into long piles on the parking area or grass next to the street. Leaves must be kept out of the street. The vacuum truck will not collect leaves from alleys.
- Please do not park cars in front of the leaf piles; the truck will not be able to collect the leaves.
- Collect brush and branches to put in your YARDY cart for collection.
You can expect the truck on your regular collection day unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume. If the truck is delayed, please leave your leaves at the collection point and crews will be by to vacuum them up as soon as possible.
Benefits of the Program
The leaf vacuum program helps keep our lakes, rivers, and streams healthy, while protecting the safety of our community. When large numbers of leaves enter the storm sewer, the nutrients from decaying leaves overwhelm and choke out aquatic life. The leaf vacuum truck program keeps leaves out the street, reducing the number of leaves swept into the storm sewer and the likelihood of street flooding due to plugged drains. Keeping leaves out the street also reduces the risks associated with kids playing in leaf piles.