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Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection Starts April 6

Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection Starts April 6

March 31, 2020

Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection Starts April 6 

Starting Monday, April 6, the Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks. The trucks are scheduled to run through Friday, May 1, barring any COVID-19-related scheduling constraints. Residents can expect leaf collection on their regular garbage day unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume. If service is slowed by weather or volume, the division will strive to reach any missed properties the next day.

Residents should place leaves and other lawn rakings in long rows on the grass or parking area beside the street for collection. Leaves must be kept out of the street and away from obstacles like mailboxes, signs, poles and trees. Customers are advised NOT to rake leaves into the street.

Loose leaf vacuum operation helps keep the storm sewer system clear from clogs and backups and cleans our waterways. Leaf collection also assists in debris removal, ensuring safe streets for vehicles/motorcycles and bikes.

The vacuum truck will not collect leaves from alleys. Leaf piles should be free from brush and debris. Sticks and twigs can be placed in the YARDY cart for collection and litter should be bagged and placed in your garbage can. Please do not park cars in front of leaf piles; the truck will not be able to collect the leaves. Leaf bags will not be collected due to COVID-19 precautions. YARDY carts continue to be collected at this time.

Q. Why are leaf vacuum trucks running during the COVID-19 outbreak?
A. Operating loose leaf vacuum trucks keeps leaves out the street, reducing the number of leaves swept into the storm sewer and the likelihood of street flooding due to plugged drains. The program helps improve water quality in our streams and river. When large numbers of leaves enter the storm sewer, the nutrients from decaying leaves overwhelm and choke out aquatic life. Leaf vacuum collection also assists in debris removal from streets, ensuring safe passage for vehicles/motorcycles and bicycles.

For more information about the Solid Waste & Recycling Division’s yard waste collection program, visit CityofCR.com/leaf or call (319) 286-5897. Sign up for text and email alerts about garbage and recycling at CRNewsNow.com.

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