Fort Wayne leaf collection begins Monday

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Street Department crews will begin leaf collection for 2018 in neighborhoods in the central portion of Fort Wayne at 7:00 a.m. Monday, October 29.  Each of the more than 400 neighborhoods will receive two pick-ups over the next seven weeks. 

“We realize many leaves are still on our trees, but we have seen some residents raking as far back as two weeks ago. We need residents to help by gathering those leaves as soon as possible and placing them at the curb for the first pass through because we know the later weeks always have a ton of leaves. Couple that with the fact that our trucks and crews are also responsible for plowing snow and you can see how we have a limited window in the calendar to pick up leaves,” said Brian Shimkus, Street Commissioner for the City of Fort Wayne.  

For curbside leaf collection residents should rake leaves to the curb or park strip in front of their home, but not in the street.  Leaves should be in the park strip by 7 a.m. on Monday of the week of their collection.  Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves. 

Residents can access daily collection updates at  There they will find a neighborhood schedule updated daily, a collection map and general leaf collection information.  This daily updates will begin on Friday, October 26.  Residents can also call 427-2603 for daily updates.  

Collection Guidelines

  • Rake leaves to the park strip by 7 a.m. on the first day of the week when crews will be in your area.
  • Don’t put leaves in your trash or recycling cart. It is against State of Indiana law.
  • Don’t burn leaves. It’s a violation of City Code and can result in a fine.
  • Don’t place leaves in the street. 
  • Don’t put leaves in or over storm drains.
  • For safety, and to assist motorists, parents should remind children to not play in leaf piles near the street. 

2018 Collection Schedule

  • Oct. 29-Nov. 2      Central
  • Nov. 5-9                South
  • Nov. 13-16            North
  • Nov. 19-21            Central
  • Dec. 3-7                South
  • Dec. 10-14            North

Schedule a Pick-up with Biodegradable Bags
Residents can schedule a pick-up if leaves are placed in biodegradable paper bags.  The City’s bagged leaf program allows residents to call 311 to schedule a pick-up. The bags should be at the curb for collection within two business days of the call to 311. This option gives residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience.  

There will be no leaf collection on November 12 for Veterans Day or November 23, 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

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