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Missoula leaf collection scheduled to start Nov. 2

City of Missoula Seal
Posted at 2:15 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 16:15:58-04

MISSOULA — The City of Missoula will begin fall leaf pickup on Monday, Nov. 2, starting in the neighborhoods north of the Clark Fork River.

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.

Following the first week, crews move to central Missoula south of the river (Area 2) and throughout the city through Nov. 29, according to a news release.

In the case that leaf collection is disrupted by snow, crews make every attempt to revisit the neighborhoods.

Click here for further information and to a view a map of the collection areas.



City crews depend on citizens to make leaf collection work.

  • 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. See the flyer for parking instructions for Special Districts during leaf collection.
  • 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.

Leaf collection is followed by street sweeping as weather permits.