June 18, 2024
Brenda Ormesher blows leaves from her yard in Eugene as fall weather brings color and leaf-covered yards to the Willamette Valley.

Leaf pickup in the Eugene-Springfield area is set to begin.

Autumn has blanketed streets and sidewalks with fallen leaves, an annual nuisance when it comes to safety and flooding concerns. County and municipal yard-waste pickup requires locals to gather up the leaves and store them correctly before they’re removed.

Lane County has provided preparation tips and collection schedules:

Leaf preparation guidelines

Areas controlled by Lane County and Eugene allow leaves to be piled in the roadway if they are at least 15 feet from parked cars. Residents should not bag the leaves.

In Springfield, leaves need to be placed on the curbside in medium-sized trash bags containing only leaves. Leaves should not be piled in bike lanes, streets or on curbs.

In county-controlled areas, pickup is provided for paved curb-and-gutter streets only.

In Eugene, leaves will be picked up on unimproved streets if machinery can reach the piles from the hard-road surface. Leaves are not picked up from within private yards.