City of Spokane doing leaf pickup activities on Sunday

SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane will be cleaning up leaves left on the street starting Sunday, November 13.

The City of Spokane Street Maintenance Division removes the fallen leaves from the streets to prevent bad conditions. According to the City, the times to pick up the leave vary depending on the majority of leaves that have been dropped.

The City says leaves that fall in your yard are your responsibility. The City says to not place leaves from your yard onto the street. However, they say the Refuse Department will accept your leaves for a small fee.

There are three different crews that will be picking up leaves.

Hand Pick Crews will be in areas where there is light leaf fall. Two-man crews will drive around with dump trucks and pick up leaves with hand tools. There will be no sweeper, and the leaves left behind will be cleaned in the spring with their residential sweeping.

The City says these may pick up leaves from 10 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. as day work might happen if there are available crews.

Loadal Crews come to smaller areas with heavy leaf fall. This consists of a crew with two 10-wheel dump trucks with front-end scoops. They say these crews may come by from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lastly, Packer Crews operate in larger areas with heavy leaf fall. There will be a large crew with rubber-bladed tractors that will push the leaves down the gutter to a loader, which will push them into a garbage packer and will be hauled off. If the weather permits, they will flush and sweep behind the operation, adding if the weather does not permit, sweepers and flushers might fall behind in doing their jobs.

Packer Crews keep going until snow falls, and if possible, they will continue work between snowfalls. The City says this operation may take place between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The City is asking you to move your vehicles off the streets and away from the leaves so the trucks can remove them.

Leaf removal work will begin near Audobon Park and Driscoll. CLICK HERE for a schedule of when leaves will be picked up in your area.

The City says the leaf pickup is subject to change based on the weather and timing of leaf drops. Once it starts, they say operations will take four to six weeks.

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