Bagged leaf collection begins in Fort Wayne Monday

Leaf collection will begin in Fort Wayne Monday. The program allows residents to place leaves in biodegradable bags at the curb and call 311 to schedule a pick-up. The bags will be collected within two business days after the call. This option gives residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience. Once residents have called 311, the bags should be placed at the curb.

The street department will begin the collection of leaves on Monday, Oct. 30. Residents should rake leaves to the curb or park strip in front of their home, but not into the street. Leaves in the street can clog storm drains when it rains. Leaves should be in the park strip by 7 a.m. on Monday of the week the leaves are collected. Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves.

For the latest information about the program, go to cityoffortwayne.org/leaves or call 427-2603. This daily update will begin Oct. 27.

Crews will visit each of the more than 400 city neighborhoods twice during the collection season. Parents should remind children to not play in leaf piles near the street. Burning leaves within the city limits is prohibited and could result in a fine of $50; $75 after 30 days.

The collection schedule is: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, north; Nov. 6- 9, central; Nov. 13-17, south; Nov. 20-22, north; Dec. 4-8, central; Dec. 11-15, south. There will be no leaf collection on Friday, Nov. 10, due to Veterans Day.

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