PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — This season is called fall for a reason and when many of Portland’s quarter of a million trees start dropping their leaves, someone has to pick them up.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is here to help with free leaf pickup starting this week.
Picking up leaves is important to keep them from making streets slippery and from clogging up storm drains when it rains.
On your street’s Leaf Day, rake all the leaves into a pile on the street about a foot away from the curb. Make sure there aren’t any obstacles that will block the street cleaner — like your car, basketball hoops or garbage bins.
Leaf Day service covers 52 districts where PBOT says there are more street trees with lots of leaves. If you aren’t in one of those districts, city code says don’t rake leaves into the street.
Leaf Day Pickup used to cost Portlanders $15 but now it’s free.