MUSCATINE, Iowa – Leaves will begin to fall in earnest later this month with the Department of Public Works once again providing a valued service to the citizens of Muscatine with the annual Fall Leaf Pickup.
Leaf vacuum trucks have already started hitting the streets of Muscatine today Monday (Oct. 18) in Zone 1 (see map) for the 2021 Fall Leaf Pickup. There are eight zones that the leaf trucks will work through on consecutive weekdays.
The second pass begins on Oct. 28 with leaf collection concluding with a final pass, weather permitting and if needed, starting on Dec. 6.
Leaf trucks may be working in zones prior to pick up day but will return on (or after) the scheduled date as needed. Residents are asked to have leaves raked out next to curb by 7 a.m. on the day of leaf pickup and to avoid parking on the street during their collection day. Leaf piles blocked by cars will not be collected until the cars are moved.
Residents are also asked not to mix trash, branches, or other yard waste with their leaf piles.
As we move further into fall, the possibility of inclement weather increases. Leaf collection operations may be postponed as snow and ice control take priority.
The Compost Site at the Transfer Station will remain open throughout the fall season, weather permitting. The Compost Site will be open from 12-6 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 9 a.m-6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Here are some additional guidelines for leaf collection:
For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 563-263-8933.
Iowa DNR encourages top three ways to handle fall leaves –
Fall leaves are beautiful – until they pile up in your yard. Don’t send those precious nutrients up in smoke (it is actually illegal to burn yard waste in Muscatine on properties of two acres or less). Instead, put those nuisance leaf piles to good use. Leaves, small branches and other landscape materials can nourish your lawn, garden or community.
For some, burning leaves seems to capture the nostalgic smell of autumn. But breathing leaf smoke pulls pollutants such as carbon monoxide, soot and toxic chemicals into your lungs. While it may smell good, smoke is especially harmful to children, the elderly, and those with respiratory or heart problems. Turning leaves into nutrients is the healthy way to protect your and your neighbor’s lungs.