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Pickup of leaves to begin Oct. 21

Leaf pickup in the city’s 355 neighborhoods will begin Oct. 21, officials announced Friday. The street department will collect leaves in two separate sweeps through each neighborhood.

The schedule:

•Oct. 21-25 – South

•Oct. 28-Nov. 1 – North

•Nov. 4-8 – Central

•Nov. 12-15 – South

•Nov. 18-22 – North

•Dec. 2-6 – Central

The week of Nov. 25 will be used as a catch-up week. There will be no leaf collection on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Leaf collection can occur on any day of the designated collection week, so the city says it is important that residents have leaves ready for pickup by 7 a.m. Monday of their designated week.

Crews cannot backtrack through neighborhoods.

To schedule a pickup of leaves placed in biodegradable bags, residents can call 311. The bags will be picked up within two business days.

Beginning the afternoon of Oct. 21, residents can go to for daily updates of the specific neighborhoods that crews will be in on a particular day.

Residents can also call the leaf pickup hotline at 260-427-2302 to get daily updates.

Leaf collection is provided at the street only. Leaves are to be raked to the curb or park strip in front of the home or placed in biodegradable bags for collection. Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves, and cars should not be parked over the leaves. Burning leaves within city limits is a violation of city code.

The city says parents should remind children to not play in leaf piles near streets, and residents should make sure leaves are not near a storm drain and that storm drains are clear to handle rainwater.