Coeur d'Alene Leaf Fest 2017
The city's annual leaf pick-up program begins on November 13.
Some of my happiest childhood memories involve huge piles of leaves under the ancient poplar trees that framed our house at 9th and Sherman.
They're all gone now, our home and those trees. But each fall as the leaves pile up around town they live on in my memories.
Residents are asked to rake their leaves and pine needles into the streets, about a foot out from the gutter line to allow for water drainage. Please do not put bagged leaves, branches, rubble or refuse in the street. There is no cost to you for leaf pick up.
City crews will be moving fast, beginning south of Sherman and working their way north. Once an area has been cleared they won't return, so if you're too late you're just out of luck.
Due to weather conditions, equipment malfunctions, and unforseen circumstances, city crews are unable to provide a precise schedule of where leaf pick up will take place. They expect completion before December 1.
Please note that there is no charge to residents to haul leaves, pine needles, limbs, branches, or debris to the landfill.
Leaf Fest's objective is to prevent street flooding caused by leaves clogging gutters, catch basins and storm drains, and to protect water quality by removing leaves that otherwise would decay in waterways and lower oxygen levels in aquatic habitats.
Crews collect an average of 700 loads and 2000 tons of leaves per season. They are then taken and used for composting. Pine needles are sometimes used for weed control.
Waste Management WILL charge to haul bagged leaves if you put them out with your trash pick-up. For more information on Leaf Fest 2017 call the Street Maintenance Department at 769-2233.