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Leaf Day

 

Opt Out FAQ

  1. Can I opt out of Leaf Day Pickup Service?
  2. Do I have to pay the fee if I don't have any street trees?
  3. How do I opt out?
  4. If I am removing the leaves myself, how much of the street in front of my property do I need to clear?
  5. Are there any Leaf Depots this year?
  6. If I opt out and clear away my tree leaves the day before my Leaf Day, do I have to do anything else?
  7. I don't have any street trees, so I know I can opt out. Do I need to do anything on Leaf Day?
  8. If I opt out of Leaf Day Pickup Service, may I still rake my other yard leaves into the street for the City to pick up?
  9. How will the spot-check component of the opt-out program work?
  10. I opted out last year. Do I have to submit an opt-out application again this year?

 

Can I opt out of Leaf Day Service?

Please note that the deadline to opt out is 5 p.m. on November 1, 2013.

If you are in a Leaf Service Zone, you may opt out if either of the following is true AND you let us know by completing our opt-out form:

  • You don't have any street trees on your property (that is, trees in the planting strip between the street and sidewalk) or trees on your property that drop leaves on the street, or
  • You are removing your own leaves -- whether that's raking and bagging them for your curbside recycler; raking, bagging and hauling them yourself to a recycling center; hiring someone else to rake, bag and haul your leaves to a recycling center; or composting your leaves on your property.

If either of the above applies to you, we need you to let us know so we don't bill you.

You must agree to have your property spot-checked for compliance with the terms of the opt-out program. On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), a supervisor will spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you complied. 

To begin the opt-out process, first verify that you are in a Leaf Service Zone and follow the prompts to opt out.

*To verify what zone you are in and confirm your service dates, enter your address below:

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

Or call 503-865-LEAF (5323) to speak to a customer service representative Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Do I have to pay the fee if I don't have any street trees?

You don't have to pay the fee if you don't have any street trees or other trees on your property that drop leaves onto the street. However, you do need to let us know by completing our opt-out form.

You must complete an opt-out form each year.

To begin the opt-out process, first verify that you are in a Leaf Service Zone and follow the prompts to opt out.

*To verify what zone you are in and confirm your service dates, enter your address below:

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), city staff will spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you don't have any street trees or other trees on your property that drop leaves on the street. 

Please note that the deadline to opt out is 5 p.m. on November 1, 2013.

 

How do I opt out?

Please note that the deadline to opt out is 5 p.m. on November 1, 2013.

To begin the opt-out process, first verify that you are in a Leaf Service Zone and follow the prompts to opt out.

*To verify what zone you are in and confirm your service dates, enter your address below:

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

You can also opt out over the phone by calling our Leaf Line at 503-865-LEAF (5323) on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You must agree to have your property spot-checked for compliance with the terms of the opt-out program. On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), staff will spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you complied.

 

If I am removing the leaves myself, how much of the street in front of my property do I need to clear?

You need to clear as much as our crews would clear, which is from the curb to the center of the street. On your scheduled Leaf Day(s), staff will spot check the street in front of your property to confirm you complied.

 

Are there any Leaf Depots this year?

No. Leaf depots have been discontinued. Even with an increase in fees the last few years, the City didn't recover the operating costs of providing the service. Leaf depot usage dropped steadily the last several years due to more options for people to manage their leaves themselves (curbside yard debris service, onsite composting, and self-hauling to recycling centers). With the Street Leaf Removal Fee, our crews pick up all yard leaves, not just leaves from street trees, making it okay for people who pay the fee to rake leaves from their yard into the street. This reduces the demand for leaf depots. In addition, the City now provides weekly curbside yard debris pickup, making it even easier for people to manage their leaves through their curbside hauler. Note that haulers may charge for extra yard debris bags.

For information on self-haul recycling centers for disposal of leaves and other yard debris, contact Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000.

 

If I opt out and clear away my tree leaves the day before my Leaf Day, do I have to do anything else?

No, unless you're in a Zone with enhanced parking enforcement. These zones include Inner Westside (Northwest 1-4, Southwest 1), Sullivan's Gulch (Northeast 7) and part of Buckman (Southeast 2). If you are in one of these zones, you'll need to move your car on your Leaf Day or it will be towed at your expense. To find out if you are in one of these zones, enter your address below: 

*To verify what zone you are in and confirm your service dates, enter your address below:

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

In other neighborhoods, remember that moving your car allows our machines to sweep up to your curb and provide a better clean in front of your property.

Click here for a one-page notice you may place on the windshield of any car parked on the street to remind people to move their car off the street for Leaf Day.

 

I don't have any street trees, so I know I can opt out. Do I need to do anything on Leaf Day?

You can opt out if you don't have any street trees or other trees on your property that drop leaves on the street.

Please move your car on your scheduled Leaf Day(s).

If you're in a Zone with enhanced parking enforcement, you'll need to move your car on your Leaf Day or it will be towed at your expense. These zones include Inner Westside (Northwest 1-4, Southwest 1), Sullivan's Gulch (Northeast 7) and part of Buckman (Southeast 2). To find out if you are in one of these zones, enter your address below.

Click here for a one-page notice you may place on the windshield of any car parked on the street to remind people to move their car off the street for Leaf Day.

*To verify what zone you are in and confirm your service dates, enter your address below:

LEAF ZONE LOCATOR (enter your street address)

In other neighborhoods, remember that moving your car allows our machines to sweep up to your curb and provide a better clean in front of your property. 

 

If I opt out of Leaf Day Pickup Service, may I still rake my other yard leaves into the street for the City to pick up?

No, you may not. Only customers who pay for the Leaf Day Pickup Service may rake their other yard leaves into the street for the City to pick up. Customers who opt out of the service must pass a spot-check that verifies the street is clear of leaves in front of their property on the day of scheduled service. Evidence of leaves raked into the street at a property that opted out of leaf pickup service would be reason to fail a spot-check.

 

How will the spot-check component of the opt-out program work?

Our Leaf Day crews will include staff who will spot check locations that applied to opt out. On the scheduled pickup day(s), staff will check to see if opt-out customers put effort into managing the leaves that fall in the street in front of their property. They will confirm that the leaves were managed and removed from the curb to the center of the street. They will also verify if customers have no street trees or trees on their property that drop leaves in the street. 

If you submit an opt-out application and fail the spot check, you will be billed for the Leaf Day service fee. You may also be subject to administrative fees of $15, which may include the costs of the spot check, billing, appeals process, and additional customer service. 

You will know if your property was spot-checked because we will leave a doorhanger that tells you we were there and whether or not you passed. 

Please be assured that staff will use common sense and good judgment to determine if you complied with the terms of the program. By observing the condition of the street and the amount of leaf debris along the curb, supervisors will be able to determine if you made an adequate effort. If the amount of leaves is only incidental, probably the result of additional leaf fall overnight or wind or rain, you will likely pass the spot check. Supervisors are aware that some leaves from neighboring properties can drift into a cleared area and that leaves can continue to fall overnight. 

However, if the amount of leaves and leaf debris is significant and clearly shows no pickup or cleanup effort, you will likely not pass the spot check. Leaves blown into the street from a neighboring property is not reason alone to fail a spot check. 

In addition, if you say there are no street trees or trees on your property that drop leaves in the street and staff verify this fact in their spot check, you will pass. If supervisors find leaves in the street but no street trees or other trees on your property that could have dropped the leaves, supervisors will assume the leaves blew into the street from a neighboring property and you will pass the spot check. No street trees, no problem. 

However, if you say there are no street trees and staff find that there are in fact trees in the planting strip or on your property that drop leaves in the street, you will fail the spot check. 

 

I opted out last year. Do I have to submit an opt-out application again this year?

Yes. You must submit an opt-out application each year that you decide remove your leaves yourself. The City cannot rely on last year's opt-out applications for the following reasons:

  • The leaf fee bill is tied to the water bill for each address. People move. New residents may not wish to opt out of the service.
  • People's ability or desire to manage their leaves on their own can change. People who opted out last year may wish to participate this year.
  • Trees mature. Trees that did not drop leaves on the street last year may have grown to a size where they do drop leaves on the street this year.