2017 City of Lima Leaf Pickup Program
The City of Lima Public Works Department will begin their annual Leaf Pickup the week of November 13th. This means on Monday, November 13th residents of the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th wards are asked to rake and pile their leaves to the curb lawn, not in the street. Pickup in the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th wards will occur as crews progress.
Leaf Pickup Guidelines
1. Place leaf piles on the curb lawn, not in the street.
Vehicles will break the leaves down creating problems with pickup, and piles in the street create a potential safety hazard and/or attraction for children. Leaves in the street can also clog storm drains causing flooding.
2. Make sure leaf piles are free of rocks, junk, grass clippings, limbs, and other debris. Crews will not remove piles containing these items as they are safety and equipment hazards.
3. Please only pile leaves on the curb lawn during your scheduled ward pick up.
Weekly updates on crew locations will be provided through local media, so you can anticipate when crews will be near you.
Dispose of Your Leaves Before Leaf Pickup
Leaves are falling early this year, and there are two different ways in which you can dispose of your leaves before the week of leaf pickup.
1. Use the city-provided leaf bags or your green yard waste tote any time of the year for removal with your regular weekly trash.
Leaf bags are available to all City of Lima residents at no cost and can be picked up at 900 S. Collett Street or 424 N. Central Avenue. You will need to show a copy of your water bill to obtain leaf bags.
2. You can bring large amounts of limb and leaf debris to the Lima Compost Facility.
This facility is located at 1227 East Hanthorn Road. You will need to bring a copy of your water bill to gain access to the facility.
Keep Leaves Out of the Sewers
It's important to keep leaves, pet waste, trash and other debris from going down storm drains and entering the storm sewer. There is a sensitive connection between storm sewer discharges and local rivers and creeks. Healthy streams have trees growing along them so leaves are a natural occurrence. But adding other leaf waste through drainage systems puts a heavy load on the stream as leaves decompose, rob oxygen from the water, and add to stream sediments.
Clogged storm drains also prevent water from being drained from roadways and yards, causing flooding. You can do a lot to keep drainage functioning properly in your neighborhood. Regularly remove trash and leaves that collect at storm drains to maintain the best drainage and have the best impact on stream health.