Leaf Collection Extended Through Thursday, December 30th | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Leaf Collection Extended Through Thursday, December 30th

December 08, 2021

The City of Lakewood is extending the collection of  loose leaves through Thursday, December 30th, weather permitting.  The official leaf collection season was expected to end on December 10th but due to leaves falling late this year, the city has decided to extend the bulk collection until the end of the year.  Leaves can also be placed in paper yard/leaf bags (no plastic bags) and set out on your regular refuse and recycling collection day.

Residents should always place leaves out as soon as possible to ensure collection. The number of citywide collections will be weather dependent. Our goal is to make at least three passes through the entire city.  Due to the large volume of leaves on Clifton Boulevard and Lake Avenue, there will be additional pick-ups for those streets.

For daily leaf collection schedule updates, check out the leaf collection map.  The map shows 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 showing what streets have been collected.

In order to maximize efficiencies and enhance collection efforts, residents are asked not to park cars on the street while crews are collecting leaves from 8am to 4pm. Parked cars hamper leaf collection efficiency, and some leaf material may get stuck under and around parked cars. If large leaf piles are blocked by parked cars, individual no parking signs will be posted and there will be an attempt to collect them at a later date – cars may be towed if necessary, after posting.

Certain streets have been identified that are typically loaded with parked cars on the street that significantly slow the overall citywide leaf collection process. Those streets (25 total) will be posted for no parking on a specific day of the week through the entire duration of leaf season. Leaves will be collected on the car-park side of those streets on their specifically posted day each week of leaf season – weather permitting. Vehicles may be towed, if necessary.

Leaves on all streets will be collected with vacuum equipment. This effort will allow leaves to be collected more efficiently and it will also reduce the amount of leaf material that ends up in the city’s storm sewers and limit damages to tree lawns and street surfaces. NOTE: All leaves must be raked to a point no farther than 6-feet from the curb for the vacuum tube to reach for collection.

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.

If you have any questions, please call (216) 529-6810 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.