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City of Cedar Rapids Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection to Run April 1-May 3

City of Cedar Rapids Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection to Run April 1-May 3

March 28, 2024

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks on Monday, April 1. Residents can expect leaf collection by quadrant unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume, in which case the division will strive to reach any missed properties the following day. The program will run through Friday, May 3*.

SOUTHEAST & SOUTHWEST: first and third weeks of April (April 1 – 5; April 15 – 19)

NORTHEAST & NORTHWEST: second and fourth weeks of April (April 8 – 12; April 22 – 26)

*Call-in/missed leaf collection will be conducted the final week of April and into early May.

Residents should place leaves in long rows on the grass or parking area beside the street for collection by 7 a.m., and leaves must be kept out of the street and away from obstacles like mailboxes and poles. The vacuum truck will not collect leaves from alleys. Residents are reminded that leaf piles filled with sticks and branches will be passed over, because sticks larger than six inches in length can cause the machines to malfunction. YARDY carts can be used to dispose of piles of sticks, loose leaves, and other organic materials all year long, with a weight limit of 300 pounds for the 95-gallon YARDY carts. Paper leaf bags can be used for any leaves that do not fit in the YARDY cart, and leaf bags, up to 40 pounds, will only be picked up if they are placed at the curb with a filled YARDY cart. As an additional reminder to residents, if cars are parked in front of leaf piles, the vacuum truck will not be able to collect leaves.

The leaf vacuum program helps keep local lakes, rivers, and streams healthy by preventing leaf debris – a high contributor of nutrients, which choke out aquatic life – from entering waterways. The program also keeps leaves out of the street, reducing the number of leaves swept into the storm sewer and the likelihood of street flooding due to plugged drains. Find out more about the leaf vacuum program at CityofCR.com/Leaf.


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