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Posted on: November 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Leaf Pickup is Underway in Eugene!

Fall leaves

Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield are kicked off their annual leaf collection efforts in mid-November. Removing leaves from catch basins, grates and gutters allows storm water to run off and prevents flooding.

Keeping leaves out of the drainage system also improves water quality because decomposing leaves use up oxygen that is needed by aquatic life in local streams and rivers. And removing slippery leaves from streets and sidewalks makes travel safer for people walking, biking and driving.          

Leaves are the only items collected. Piles with branches, pine needles, trash, grass and other lawn debris are not accepted and will not be collected. Never place your leaves in a bike lane. 

City of Eugene

Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery program started on Nov. 8. Eugene’s leaf program is funded by storm water fees because proper use and disposal of leaves keeps decaying leaves out of local creeks and rivers and helps prevent localized flooding caused by blocked storm drains. 

After an initial focus on the central Eugene area, City crews will break into three groups to focus on designated sections of the city. Each crew has the staffing and equipment needed to collect and deliver leaves and sweep streets after the leaves have been picked up. This puts resources closer to neighborhoods and improves service on unimproved streets.

Online features allow Eugene residents to look up their address and see when they should pile their leaves neatly in a row parallel to the curb, order leaf deliveries, or report hazards such as leaves in a bike lane. People should place their leaves in the street the weekend before crews are scheduled to be in their neighborhood. The second round of leaf collection will start January 3. Safely pile remaining leaves in the street on January 1 and 2.

For more information about Eugene’s leaf collection and delivery services, go to or call Eugene Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800.


Lane County 

Lane County Public Works began its annual leaf pick-up program on Monday, November 8.  The County collects leaves in two rounds in two general areas: Santa Clara north of Beltline Highway and several Springfield locations generally just outside the city limits. Lane County crews may be working in your zone prior to official collection dates if time allows; however, crews will return to your zone as scheduled. 

Lane County provides a leaf collection information line (541-682-8565) updated at 5:00 p.m. each Friday. It describes where leaf pickup begins on a weekly basis. For more information go to, call 541-682-6905 or e-mail

Leaf Preparation Guidelines            

  • Two priorities that are the same in all three jurisdictions are public safety and operational efficiency. Here are some tips to help meet those objectives:
  • In Eugene and Lane County, leaves must be in the roadway but piled at least 15 feet away from parked vehicles. Do not bag leaves.
  • In Lane County leaf pickup will be provided for paved curb-and-gutter streets only. In Eugene, unimproved streets are picked up during both rounds but equipment must be able to reach the leaves from the hard road surface.
  • Do not pile leaves in bike or traffic lanes or on curbs or sidewalks.
  • Keep storm drains and gutters clear to prevent localized flooding.
  • Do not mix in other debris such as branches, rocks, lawn clippings, pine needles, or trash. 
  • Leaves are not picked up in private yards.
  • Wait to put leaves in the street until the weekend prior to collection.
  • Consider recycling leaves as compost or mulch material.

Schedule Information 

2021 leaf map

Eugene (Leaf Placement Dates for First Round)

First Round 

Second Round


Nov. 6 and Nov. 7

Jan. 3 to Jan. 21

Zones 1

Nov. 13 and Nov. 14

Jan. 3 to Jan. 21

Zones 2

Nov. 20 and Nov. 21

Jan. 3 to Jan. 21

Zones 3

Dec. 4 and Dec. 5

Jan. 3 to Jan. 21

Zones 4

Dec. 11 and Dec. 12

Jan. 3 to Jan. 21

Zones 5

Dec. 18 and Dec. 19

Jan. 3 to Jan. 21




Lane County (Leaf Pickup Dates)

First Round

Second Round

Zone A (Santa Clara west of River Road; see map)

Nov. 8 to Nov. 10

Nov. 29 to Dec. 2

Zone B (Santa Clara east of River Road; see map)

Nov. 15 to Nov. 18

Dec. 6 to Dec. 9

 Zone C (Springfield area (see map)

Nov. 22 to Nov. 25

Dec. 13 to Dec. 16

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