(November 1, 2013) The City of Portland’s annual Leaf Day Pickup Service begins Saturday Nov. 2 and extends through mid-December, offering residents in neighborhoods with mature trees one or two days of scheduled leaf pickup service.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation also is urging residents in all parts of the city to remove leaves from city streets and storm drains in the coming weeks to prevent slippery streets and street flooding, which can occur when storm grates become clogged.
The Transportation Bureau composts all leaves that are picked up through the program at its Sunderland Yard Recycling Facility; residents who remove leaves themselves are encouraged to place them in their regular yard debris roll cart.
The leaf removal service is provided to 30 designated leaf removal districts in neighborhoods whose high concentration of mature street trees need a higher level of service than the city’s regular street cleaning operation can provide to keep streets clear and safe.
Residents in those districts have received letters and leaflets notifying them of the service, which typically costs $15 for one Leaf Day and $30 for two. The letters also show how to opt out of the service for residents who wish to remove leaves themselves. Information on preparing for Leaf Day and looking up the removal schedule may be found at Portlandoregon.gov/leafday.