Leaf collection feels early to some

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Leaf pick-up in the City of Fort Wayne began Monday.  Many are saying, though, that it’s too early and not enough leaves have fallen. Crews have to begin this early if they want to have a chance of collecting most leaves before the first snow.  In the last 5 years, the first measurable snowfall has happened in late October or during the month of November.  The same crews picking up leaves will operate the snow plows, so once the snow begins leaf pick-up will be over.

With leaf pick-up, each neighborhood has two scheduled pick-up dates.  Remember to rake your leaves to the curb but not into the street.  It’s important to keep drains clear or your street could flood when it rains. With bag pick-up, your leaves MUST be in biodegradable bags or they won’t be collected.  Call 3-1-1 and your bags will be picked up within 2 business days.  Click here for the latest schedule updates for leaf collection crews. That page is updated every afternoon with the next day’s planned pick-up routes.

Leaf pick-up is scheduled to continue through early December with bag pick-up extending until December 21. Frank Suarez with Public Works said, “Bagged leaves have been growing in popularity in recent years because it really is a time when you can set your own schedule.”  He also advises to not park on leaves in the street because they have had situations in the past where a hot car engine has ignited dry leaves and caused a fire.