Leaf Collection begins October 30

The City of Kalamazoo's annual leaf collection program will begin on October 30 and run through December 8. During this time each household will have two pickups, one towards the beginning and one towards the end of the program. During this time, residents can place LEAVES ONLY in piles or in paper bags out on the curb for collection.

Residents can place any volume of leaves, sticks smaller than 3” diameter, grass clippings or other organic debris as part of this program.  We ask that residents push the organic material to the curb lawn where it will be picked up by City crews.  

Please avoid placing leaves near mailboxes, utility poles, landscaped areas, or over or directly adjacent to storm sewer drains. If you notice a blocked drain, please take a moment to clear any obstructions. This helps ensure the stormwater system operates efficiently and avoides unnecessary maintenance. 

Please keep bags weighing 50 lbs or less and do not use plastic bags,

Leaves must be placed out by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of the week designated for your area. You can find a collection map and schedule here.  Please do not report missed collections until the crews have made a complete sweep through your section. This best utilizes crew’s time and efforts, and ensures the most productivity.

This program is dependent on the weather, and the schedule may vary depending on snow, when leaves fall, and other considerations. Snow and freezing weather can make it difficult or impossible to collect leaves and this can cause program delays. Depending on these factors, the second pickup may not occur for some or all areas. Should this happen, residents can store leaves until April when they can be collected during the April Spring Clean Up. Leaves can also be taken to private drop off sites.

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