Leaf Collection

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During leaf collection, this page provides updates about where crews are working so that you can plan your leaf raking chores. Check back in the fall to use this handy tool:

Step #1 - Find your street and leaf route number:Map

  • Map of Routes (added in the fall)
  • Street index (added in the fall)

Step #2 - Check the latest progress report:

  • Latest Leaf Progress Report (added in the fall)


How Township Leaf Collection Works

Fall is beautiful. But residents on tree-lined streets know that leaf-raking can be a real chore -- and that busy schedules, waning sunlight, and bad weather can make it even harder. Our goal is to do everything we can to help residents through the process with:

Curbside Leaf Collection - Using industrial-size vacuums, crews collect leaves on 150 miles of streets. The process runs late October through mid-December.

Dedicated Crews - Streets are divided into seven routes, each with a crew of full-time and seasonal employees assigned to it. The same crew remains on your route throughout the season, so are familiar with your neighborhood and your street.

Multiple Opportunities - Crews make repeated passes through neighborhoods, with each rotation taking about seven working days, depending upon weather and equipment. The process gives residents several opportunities to rake their leaves to the curb for removal.

Every Leaf Season is Different

Mother Nature decides when leaf collectionleaves fall, and some years the leaves drop all at once. Although we make every effort to collect leaves as quickly as possible, it may take longer for crews to complete a route during the period of heaviest leaf fall.

Adverse weather such as heavy rain, cold weather or snow can disrupt our schedule as well. Cold weather can cause leaves to freeze in piles that must be broken up manually. Snowfall requires the break down of our leaf machines for snow equipment, a time consuming task.

Steps to Take for a Smooth Leaf Season

We're asking residents to take these steps to help keep leaf collection on schedule, hold costs down, and reduce storm water pollution:

  • Rake leaves to the curb or edge of the street, not on the street where they will cause a traffic hazard.
  • Keep leaves away from storm drains and catch basins because stormwater runoff carries them to nearby waterways where they are a source of water pollution.. Clogging these areas with leaves also may cause flooding on your property.
  • Keep leaf piles free of rocks, bottles, branches, grass, or other yard waste. Contaminated piles will not be picked up. 
  • Place leaves away from obstacles such as mailboxes, fire hydrants, vehicles and landscaping rocks. These can become hidden and damage machinery or injure employees.
  • Do not allow children to play in leaf piles for their safety -- especially piles near the street.
  • Avoid parking on or near leaf piles. It's difficult for crews to work around vehicles..
  • Do not bag your leaves. They will not be picked up.
  • If you employ landscapers, be sure that they comply with these procedures.