Fall Leaf Collection to Begin on Monday, Oct. 31 | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Fall Leaf Collection to Begin on Monday, Oct. 31

October 25, 2016

The City of Lakewood will begin collecting loose leaves on Monday, Oct. 31, and will continue through Friday, Dec. 16, weather permitting. Prior to October 31 and after December 16, limited bulk leaf collections may occur weather permitting.

Leaves can always be placed in paper yard/leaf bags (no plastic bags) and set out on the regular refuse and recycling collection day.

Check out this interactive map to see when crews will be coming to your neighborhood.

Collection crews will start working at the west end of the city and work east until completed and then repeat the collection process. Clifton Boulevard and Lake Avenue will no longer have separate collections; those streets will be collected in smaller segments as the leaf collection crews move from west to east.

The number of citywide collections will be weather dependent. The city’s goal is to make at least three passes through the entire city. Residents should always place their leaves out as soon as possible to ensure collection.

NEW: Beginning this year we will collect from the non-parking side of each street and then return THE NEXT WORK DAY (weather permitting) to collect leaves from the parking side of those same streets. Parked cars significantly hamper leaf collection efficiency and leaf material does get stuck under and around parked cars.

NOTE: If a certain street has less leaf volume and/or relatively free of parked cars, we will collect both sides of the street the same day.

In order to maximize efficiencies and enhance collection efforts, NO PARKING will be allowed on those streets from 9AM to 4PM to collect all leaves from the car-parking side of that street. Parking on that street will be restored once collection is complete.

In short, if leaves are collected on the non-parking side of a street, there will be no on-street parking the next working day for that same street as leaves are collected. Streets with parking on both sides of the street (Sloane, Alameda, West Clifton, etc.) will be posted for no parking one side of the street at a time.

The city’s collections methods will be different than in the past, as the city has made a significant investment in new equipment to make the leaf collection process more effective and efficient than it has been. This year we will be collecting all leaves on all streets with vacuum equipment. This effort will allow the city to not only collect loose leaf material more efficiently but it will also reduce the amount of leaf material that ends up in the city’s storm sewers and will limit damages to treelawns and streets.

For daily leaf collection schedule updates, check out this interactive map. Updated regularly, this map will show the streets that have been collected as the crews move west to east making the entire pass through the city. The map is updated at the end of each collection day.

The City asks residents to please rake leaves onto tree lawns and DO NOT rake leaves into the street; it will slow the collection process, may block or back-up storm drains and may cause basement flooding during heavy rains.

Please do not contaminate the leaves with trash or other yard waste such as branches, sticks, plastic bags or old potted plants – they will clog the leaf collection equipment and slow the collection process.

There will be no leaf collection on November 24 and 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Residents with additional questions are encouraged to call 216-529-6810 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.