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City Crews are Scheduled to Begin Leaf Pickup on Nov. 11

Release Date: 11/8/2012 11:30:00 AM

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Deasy, Public Information Coordinator, 509.625.6318

City of Spokane crews are scheduled to begin leaf pickup activities on City streets on Sunday, Nov. 11, running into the third week of December. The crews generally will begin on Spokane’s North Side gradually moving to the South Hill.

Although not all the leaves have fallen from the trees yet, crews need to begin leaf removal efforts now to try to beat snowfall as much as possible. Streets cleared of leaves provide safer driving conditions during winter snow and ice. Removing leaves from the streets also helps prevent clogged storm drains.

The City’s leaf pickup service is intended to remove only the leaves that naturally fall into the streets. Residents should not rake leaves into the street. They need to be aware of the leaf pickup schedule, however, because the City is asking residents to move their vehicles from the streets when leaf pickup crews will be in their neighborhoods. Getting vehicles off the streets allows the crews to provide the best possible leaf removal service for citizens.

Residents do have options for getting rid of the leaves in their yards:

  • Place leaves in the green yard waste carts, yard waste carts will be collected through the end of the month, Friday, Nov. 30.
  • Take to the Waste to Energy facility or one of the solid waste transfer stations. They will accept up to 240 pounds of yard waste for $5. There is a charge of 41 cents for each additional increment of 20 pounds ($41 a ton), over the initial 240 pounds. Those facilities are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Compost leaves. The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System recommends using one part brown materials, such as fallen leaves, to two parts green material, such as grass clippings. You can stockpile your dry leaves and save them for composting in the spring and summer when you have grass clippings available.

The leaf pickup schedule for Nov. 11 through Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and hand-picking until 2:30 a.m., is as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 11—Woodridge Area: south of north City limits, north of Barnes Rd., west of Wieber Dr., and east of Comanche Dr.
Driscoll Blvd. Area: south of Wellesley Ave., north of Garland Ave., west of Belt St., and east of Northwest Blvd.
Audubon Park Area: south of Garland Ave., north of Northwest Blvd., west of Monroe St., and east of Northwest Blvd.

Monday, Nov. 12—Woodridge Area: south of north City limits, north of Barnes Rd., west of Wieber Dr., and east of Comanche Dr.
Driscoll Blvd. Area: south of Wellesley Ave., north of Garland Ave., west of Belt St., and east of Northwest Blvd.
Audubon Park Area: south of Garland Ave., north of Northwest Blvd., west of Monroe St., and east of Northwest Blvd.
Downriver Area: south of Northwest Blvd., north of Riverview Dr., west of Meenach Dr., and east of Columbia Circle.

Tuesday, Nov. 13—Woodridge Area: south of north City limits, north of Barnes Rd., west of Wieber Dr., and east of Comanche Dr.
Pacific Park Area: south of Barnes St., north of Sutherlin Dr., west of Farmdale St., and east of Forest Blvd.
Driscoll Blvd. Area: south of Wellesley Ave., north of Garland Ave., west of Belt St., and east of Northwest Blvd.
Shadle Park Area: south of Wellesley Ave., north of Garland Ave., west of Wall St., and east of Belt St.
Downriver Area: south of Northwest Blvd., north of Riverview Dr., west of Meenach Dr., and east of Columbia Circle.

Wednesday, Nov. 14—Pacific Park Area: south of Barnes St., north of Sutherlin Dr., west of Farmdale St., and east of Forest Blvd.
Indian Trail Rd. Area: south of Johansen Rd., north of Francis Ave., west of Cedar St., and east of Nine Mile Rd.
Shadle Park Area: south of Wellesley Ave., north of Garland Ave., west of Wall St., and east of Belt St.
Northwest Blvd. Area: south of Northwest Blvd., north of Maxwell Ave., east of Pettit Dr., and west of Monroe St.

Thursday, Nov. 15—Indian Trail Rd. Area: south of Johansen Rd., north of Francis Ave., west of Cedar St., and east of Nine Mile Rd.
Shadle Park Area: south of Wellesley Ave., north of Garland Ave., west of Wall St., and east of Belt St.
Northwest Blvd. Area: south of Northwest Blvd., north of Maxwell Ave., east of Pettit Dr., and west of Monroe St.
West Central Area: South of Maxwell Ave., north of Bridge Ave., west of Washington St., and east of the Spokane River.

The City will provide more leaf pickup information in its weekly Obstruction update. The leaf pickup schedule also can be found on the City’s leaf pickup hotline at 456-2666 and on the City’s website.

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