City of Chico Leaf Collection Begins Friday

Oct 28, 2013 11:30 AM

City of Chico Public Works Department will officially begin the annual leaf collection program on
Friday, Nov. 1 and it will end on Jan 2.

The purpose of the program is to collect leaves from City street trees in the public right-of-way to prevent clogged storm drains and potential flooding, and to help keep the roadway and bike lanes clear. It is not intended for leaves and
yard waste generated from trees in private yards, alleyways, or in the unincorporated areas.

As required by the Chico Municipal Code, property owners of commercial and multifamily properties larger than a triplex or and landscapers servicing such properties cannot place leaves in the public right-of-way and are asked to use one of the following methods to recycle leaves:

1. Use the containers from the curbside green waste recycling program; or

2. Take leaves to the Citys compost facility During leaf season, the gate fee for commercial generators will be waived for loads of leaves only and discounted fees will be charged for mixed yard waste loads); or

3. Deposit leaves only at any of the ten (10) City-designated drop-off sites located throughout
the City. Enforcement action will be taken for illegal dumping of prunings, trash, or other
materials at these sites. For private yard waste, the City encourages residents to use the curbside yard waste recycling
program available from one of the two waste haulers, Recology Butte Colusa Counties, or Waste
Management, or to take it to the City's compost facility on Cohasset Road, north of Eaton Road.

The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Additional information about the City's compost facility can be obtained at 624-3529, or on the City's website at

The City does not attempt to maintain a set schedule to collect residential leaves. City crews
begin service at the southerly end of the city, west of Highway 99, and will progress northerly in a
clockwise direction until the entire City is serviced. The process is then repeated.
When using the leaf collection program, city residents are advised that:

*Leaves should be raked, piled, or placed in rows in the street near your property, but away
from the curb to allow water drainage.

*Piles should not exceed four feet in height and should not be placed in bicycle lanes, or
block storm drains or drainage areas.

*Leaves should not be placed in plastic bags, or in any other type of container.

*Limbs, prunings, grass clippings, and trash will not be picked up by City of Chico and
should not be placed with the leaves or on any City street.

*After January 2, 2014, residents will be responsible for their own leaf disposal and cannot
place leaves in the public right of way.

*Street sweepers cannot pick up piles of leaves and the City has found it very difficult to
coordinate the two programs so that streets are swept immediately after leaf collection.
Therefore, street sweeping in residential areas is suspended during heavy leaf drop period
from November to February each year


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