FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne, Ind. – Starting Monday, October 17, crews will begin curbside leaf collection with every neighborhood being visited twice during a seven week period.
Residents should rake leaves to the curb or park strip in front of their home by 7 a.m. on Monday of their designated collection week. Leaf collection may occur on any day of the designated collection week. Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves, and cars should not be parked over the leaves.
The 2016 Fort Wayne Leaf Pick-up schedule
Oct. 17-21 South
Oct. 24-28 North
Oct. 31-Nov.4. Central
Nov. 7-11 South
Nov. 14-18 North
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 Central
There will be no leaf collection on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11.
Residents can also have leaves picked up by bagging them and calling 311 to schedule a pickup.
Daily Schedule Updates
Beginning the afternoon of October 17, daily updates of the specific neighborhoods that crews will be in the next day, will be available online by using www.cityoffortwayne.org/leaves to access the leaf webpage. Additionally, beginning October 17, residents can call the leaf pickup hotline at 427-2302 to get daily updates.
Safety and Maintenance
As a safety precaution, and to assist motorists, parents should remind children to not play in leaf piles near the street.
To prevent street flooding, residents should make sure leaves are not near a storm drain and that storm drains are free and clear to handle rain water.
Burning leaves within the City limits is a violation of City Code. The fine is $50; $75 after 30 days (Ordinance #74.70)
Why start October 17?
The street department also plows and salts streets during snow and ice events and it’s not unusual for winter weather to hit the area duing late November and early December and it is important to have leaf collection completed before then.
Residents can still have leaves collected in biodegradable bags, by calling 311 and scheduling the service. Biodegradable bags orders will continue to be picked up through December 21, 2016.