Zone A (Eugene) - Begins Monday November 16th
Zone B (Eugene) - Begins Monday November 23rd
Zone C (Springfield) - Begins Monday November 30th
Zone A (Eugene) - Begins Monday December 7th
Zone B (Eugene) - Begins Monday December 14th
Zone C (Springfield) - Begins Monday December 21st
LANE COUNTY LEAF PROGRAM FAQ'S
When will the County begin its leaf pickup program?
Lane County Public Works will begin its annual leaf pickup program on Monday, November 16, 2015 – weather permitting. Started in 1990, Lane County Public Works has been providing this service to the residents of unincorporated areas of Santa Clara/River Road and Springfield on Lane County maintained curbed roads with storm drainage systems. The annual program usually continues through the end of December depending on the volume of leaves. Listed below are frequently asked questions containing valuable information about the leaf pickup program.
Why collect leaves?
Removing leaves from catch basins, grates and gutters allows storm water to run off and prevents flooding of streets and private property. Decaying leaves that pass through storm drains pollute waterways by absorbing oxygen needed by fish, plants and other aquatic life.
It is far more cost effective to pick up leaves before flooding causes serious damage to county roads and/or private properties. Flooded streets can increase unsafe driving conditions for the traveling public. Repairs to flood damaged county roads can quickly exceed the cost of the program in a very short time.
In 2014 Lane County Public Works collected 270 loads of tightly packed leaves which is approximately 4050 cubic yards.
What are the leaf preparation guidelines?
- Leaves must be in the roadway, but piled away from parked vehicles, storm drains and gutters, bike and traffic lanes, and curbs.
- Lane County cannot pick up leaves on sidewalks or in private yards.
- Keep leaves free from other debris such as branches, rocks, metal, and lawn clippings.
- Prepare leaves less than a week before the scheduled pickup.
- Leaves piled longer than a week may scatter and plug storm sewer systems.
- Please do not bag your leaves.
- Leaf pick up will be provided for curb and gutter streets only.
What roads will the County service?
River Road/Santa Clara areas:
River Road/Santa Clara roads including: the County-maintained curbed streets located in the area north of Beltline Hwy to Beacon Drive West, between River Road and Northwest Expressway; the County-maintained curbed streets located in the area north of Division Avenue to Beacon Drive East; and between River Road and the Willamette River. (Lane County used to include pick-up for residents north of Maxwell. If you live between Maxwell & Beltline your leaves are now picked up by the City of Eugene.)
Unincorporated Springfield areas:
County-maintained curbed streets located in the unincorporated areas of Springfield including: Centennial Boulevard, Blossom St. developed areas, Hayden Bridge Road and N. 19th Street, Jasper Road and S. 42nd Street, and Harbor Drive.
Leaf pickup will begin in the River Road/Santa Clara area first and proceed to the City of Springfield. Maps are shown above and an insert, providing maps and schedules of the areas to be served, will be placed in the Register-Guard prior to the beginning of the first pick up.
When will the County be on my street?
Lane County provides an Information Phone Line (541-682-8565) which is updated by 5 p.m. on Fridays during the program. The current leaf pickup schedule is also available above. It will describe where leaf pickup begins on a weekly basis. Many variables including weather, staffing levels, working equipment, amount of leaves collected, and emergency storm events do not allow the exact streets to be pinpointed each day. It is best to have your leaves collected on the streets prior to Monday mornings. Look for updated leaf pickup schedules in The Register-Guard each Saturday.
Why can't Lane County provide the exact date they will be on my street?
Lane County currently provides updates on a weekly basis. Since each day's success depends on many factors including weather, staffing levels, working equipment, amount of leaves, and emergency storm events, it is difficult to predict exactly where the crews will be each day. It is recommended your leaves be collected on your street prior to Monday mornings.
Where does the County take collected leaves?
Lane County Public Works takes collected leaves to local farms, Rexius Forest By-Products and Lane Forest Products for disposal.
Can I have a load of leaves dumped at my property?
Any community members may contact Lane County Public Works by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541-682-6905 if they wish to request delivery of leaves to private property during the program. Each request is processed individually with a site visit to ensure adequate ingress/egress to the property, convenience to the leaf collection area and sufficient area for dumping. Not all requests for private delivery will be honored.
What if my street or intersection is flooding because the storm drains and gutters are clogged with leaves?
Call Lane County Public Works at (541-682-6900) to let them know you are experiencing major flooding on your street or intersection. If you can, safely unclog the leaves from the storm drains until County crews can pick up leaves from the area.
Can I bag my leaves?
Lane County Public Works can only pick up leaves left on the street. Leaves placed in bags will not be picked up.
Why is my street so messy after leaves are removed?
Equipment used to collect the leaves will go along several blocks to a central collection location to load into dump trucks. Leaves pushed to collection points may shed and blow around leaving some debris on the streets. Lane County Public Works crews clean up the streets as best as they can. Leaf pickup is also followed by a street sweeper as soon as time permits.
Why didn't the street sweeper sweep my street?
Lane County provides routine street sweeping on curbed streets on a regular schedule. A sweeper follows the leaf pickup crew sweeping only those leaf collection areas. It will come back and sweep your street during its regularly scheduled intervals.
Why did you miss my leaves?
Many times parked vehicles do not allow equipment to safely remove leaf piles placed too closely to them. If time permits, County crews will try to go back and collect those leaves placed after Public Works has serviced the area.
When will you be back?
Lane County will make two complete trips through each area, beginning with the River Road/Santa Clara area and finishing with the City of Springfield.
When will you be finished?
It is expected Lane County's leaf pickup program will be completed by the end of December. Each Saturday the Register-Guard will provide updated leaf pickup schedules. Lane County's Information Phone Line is updated each Friday by 5 p.m. during the program. The current leaf pickup schedule is also posted at the top of this page.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the leaf pickup program?
Please send us an e-mail at email@example.com if you have any questions or you may contact Jennifer Paugh at 541-682-6905.