VALPARAISO | The fall leaf pickup season officially begins Monday when Valparaiso's fleet of seven leaf vacuums hits the streets and will continue through Nov. 29.
"Residents often ask when we will be at their house," Public Works Director Matt Evans said. "The answer is we don't know for sure. We follow the trash routes, but, because of the unpredictability of wind and weather, it's difficult for us to commit to a specific pick-up day."
Evans said they work to getting through the entire city frequently and calls for service are unnecessary. Saturday pick-ups might be added during the heaviest part of the season.
Residents are asked to help by keeping non-leaf items out of the leaf piles as debris can damage the equipment and require repairs. Crews will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until dark, if necessary. Leaves should be placed in the right of way off the street for pick-up. Leaves cannot be picked up in alleys.
The city does not pick up any debris from contractors, and leaves should be separated from brush or they will not be picked up. Additional items should be placed off the street near the curb. During the leaf collection season, leaves should not be bagged or covered, but may be placed in biodegradable bags (no plastic) or covered with a tarp to keep them from blowing away.
After Nov. 29, remaining leaves should be bagged for removal, and no leaf pickups are planned for the spring. For more information about the leaf pick-ups or other public works department services, go to the city's website, www.valpo.us.