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Annual leaf collection starting up in Missoula

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MISSOULA - It's time to make sure you have all your leaves raked out to the curb and ready to go.

The City of Missoula will begin fall leaf pickup on Oct. 30, starting in the neighborhoods north of the Clark Fork River during the first week. Those neighborhoods include the Rattlesnake Valley and Grant Creek, along with the majority of the north side of downtown and the West Side and North Side areas.

The schedule starts in older neighborhoods with mature trees and the highest volume of leaves with the expectation that Street Maintenance Division crews can return to those neighborhoods at the end of the season if weather permits, according to City of Missoula spokeswoman Ginny Merriam.

Crews will then move to central Missoula south of the river and throughout the city through Dec. 1.

Anyone who misses their neighborhood’s scheduled pickup time is asked to contact the Street Maintenance Division at (406) 552-6360 to be placed on a list for another collection time, as weather permits, after all of the areas are completed.

Merriam notes that if snowfall disrupts the schedule, crews will be diverted to plow snow but will return to leaf collection as soon as possible. Updates to the schedule will be on the City of Missoula website and Facebook page.

Residents are asked to do the following to help speed up leaf removal:

  • Please rake leaves to the curbs but not out into the bike lanes or driving lanes. Make piles long and narrow.
  • Please complete raking before your pickup week starts. Crews may visit your street on the first day. They will then move on through the area.
  • When parking, please allow room for Street Division crews to get to leaf piles with loaders and trucks. Leaf collection is followed by street sweeping as weather permits.
  • Leaves only, please. Debris and limbs delay leaf pickup and can damage equipment.
  • Trees must be pruned to a minimum of 14 feet over the street to the inside edge of the curb line. If your trees do not meet this requirement, they may have to be trimmed by City crews to complete leaf collection.

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