Leaf collection for residents of the City of Kalamazoo is currently running behind schedule as City staff have been reassigned to assist with snow removal for the second winter storm this November.
Snow removal crews have been instructed to plow around leaf piles whenever possible while maintaining safe operations and clear streets. Following the snow event, staff will return their focus to leaf collection. A map showing leaf collection areas, the original schedule, and program updates can be found at www.kalamazoocity.org/leaves.
“We know that delays with leaf collection can be frustrating. We are committed to continuing the program through December as conditions allow,” said James Baker, the City of Kalamazoo’s Public Services Director. “We have our staff working extended hours and are considering other options to get the program caught up.
When possible, residents are encouraged to place their leaves out in accordance with the original schedule to ensure that no pickups are missed as crews get caught up.
The City’s leaf collection program is typically scheduled from late October through mid-December to allow time for leaves to fall and be collected before winter weather sets in. The program is heavily dependent on the weather- early winter storms make leaves more difficult and time consuming to collect and require staff to be reassigned to assist with snow removal.
“Early winter storms like we have seen this year make leaf collection challenging,” explained Director Baker. “We appreciate your patience as our staff work to get caught up.”