LEAF COLLECTION UPDATE
UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2019
Loose leaf vacuum collection will resume on Monday, November 18. Vacuums will start in the SE quadrant, move on to the SW quandrant, and then continue with the North-side quadrants as weather and volume permits.
Customers are encouraged to make full use of their YARDY carts for loose leaves and other yard waste. These carts are collected all year long.
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Fall Loose Leaf Vacuum Collection | Sept. 30–Dec. 6
During the weeks leaves are collected in your quadrant, all leaves must be raked to the collection area by either 7 a.m. Mondays or 7 a.m. Wednesdays. If leaves are put out late, we cannot guarantee collection.
Southeast (SE) and Northeast (NE) quadrants will have loose leaves collected on Mondays and Tuesdays — all leaves must be raked to the collection area by 7 a.m. on Monday.
Northwest (NW) and Southwest (SW) quadrants will have loose leaves collected on Wednesdays and Thursdays— all leaves must be raked to the collection area by 7 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Should weather or un-characteristically heavy volumes delay collection, crews will use Fridays and Saturdays to complete the area they were working in before moving on.
If you are struggling to identify which day your leaves will be collected, please give the Solid Waste & Recycling Division a call at 319-286-5897.
Additional leaf collection options
Customers can use their YARDY carts for the collection of leaves and other organic materials. YARDY carts are collected on a weekly basis throughout the year. Some customers have found that mulching leaves before placing in the YARDY cart increases the amount of material that will fit in the cart. There is a 300-pound weight limit for the 95-gallon YARDY cart.
Additional YARDY carts can be purchased for a one-time fee, which is added to your municipal utility bill. The additional YARDY cart is the property of the customer. For more information about purchasing additional YARDY carts, contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at (319) 286-5897.
During fall and spring leaf vacuum collection periods, paper leaf bags can be used for any leaves that do not fit in your YARDY cart. Leaf bags will ONLY be picked up if they are placed at the curb with a filled YARDY cart. Each leaf bag must weigh less than 40 pounds.
Leaf Vacuum Program Basics
The leaf vacuum program helps our city protect our streams and the Cedar River. By keeping the leaves on the lawn and out of the street, less organic material is washed into our waterways through the storm sewer system.
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.
Keep leaf piles away from obstacles like your collection carts, mailboxes, cars and utility poles.
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.