When will the County begin its leaf pickup program?
Lane County Public Works will begin its annual leaf pickup program on Tuesday, November 14th, 2016 - 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 2015, Lane County Public Works collected 228 loads of tightly packed leaves which is approximately 3420 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?
Leaf pickup will begin in the River Road/Santa Clara area first and proceed to the City of Springfield. Maps with more detail are located online at www.lanecounty.org/LeafPickUp
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.
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 atwww.lanecounty.org/LeafPickup. 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.
We now offer a leaf pick-up area behind the Public Works campus at 3050 N. Delta Hwy during daylight hours, 7 days a week - starting the first day of our pick-up schedule. Be sure to bring appropriate tools.
Can I have a load of leaves dumped at my property?
Any community members may contact Lane County Public Works by e-mail email@example.com 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 authorized.