Leaf Pickup

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Leaf Fest 2017 will begin November 13!

Leaf Fest 2017 Notes:

Please keep leaves on your property until November 1. After this time, leaves may be placed in the street at least one foot from the curb to allow for stormwater drainage.

When Leaf Pickup begins in your neighborhood:
  • Please keep your eyes and ears out for equipment.
  • Please move vehicles off the street.
  • Sweepers come behind the crews to clean the streets, and our goal is curb-to-curb cleaning.
  • Please do not put any leaves out after we have completed your neighborhood.

Click here for a Story Map that explains Leaf Fest, provides video instruction on participation and more! (Please note, 2017 Leaf Fest info is coming soon to the Story Map!)

Click here for a large map showing the Leaf Fest pickup zones.

As the fall turns to winter every year street crews begin its annual Leaf-fest. Leaf Pickup historically will generate over 1400 tons of leaves from all corners of town.
The leaves are pulled away from the gutter of the streets where loaders will bunch them into the intersections. The leaves are shredded, to become compost.Timing of the annual event starts in early November (around Veterans Day and will end the 1st of December)
 
This program is a successfull with the City of Coeur d'Alene and its partners.
 

Questions that are always asked:

- Why is it that you start so late?

The answer to the question is that we like to take advantage of the frost, rain and winds that we get in late October. The frost will set the leaves, which in turn with rain and wind allows for the maximum amount of leaves to fall onto the ground.
 
- Can I rake my leaves into the street?
The answer is yes. Please do not rake your yard and garden waste out with the leaves. We also ask citizens to rake their leaves out away from the curb so they do not wash to the catch basins. This also allows rain water to flow and not pond in the road. Rake them out early and do not wait until you see us in the neighborhood. The leaf pickup process moves very quickly and don't miss or you may end up with the leaves in you yard all winter. Once we have completed the neighborhood the last step is for the " street sweepers" to come by and scrub the area clean. Crews "generally" will not make a 2nd pass in neighborhoods with the equipment once the area is swept and finished.
For more information of when we will be in your area and where we will start in please look in the Coeur d'Alene Press, Spokesman Review (Idaho Handle Section) and Nickels Worth.