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PBOT's free Leaf Day pickup starts Friday

For the first time since 2010, there are no fees

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Starting Friday, PBOT will begin its Leaf Day pick-up services for Portland residents. 

For the first time since 2010, residents won't have to pay the $15 fee to have their leaves removed from their street. PBOT said the fees never really covered the cost, plus the administration cost grew.

"The Portland Bureau of Transportation will cover the cost of Leaf Day through our general transportation revenue," PBOT spokesman Dylan Rivera told KOIN 6 News.

FAQ about Leaf Day

In autumn, wet fallen leaves can become slick -- creating potential hazards for people walking, biking or driving through tree-lined neighborhoods. Leaves can also clog storm drains and contribute to street flooding during heavy rainfall. To help with these issues, PBOT started removing leaves from the city's streets more than three decades ago.

On their designated Leaf Day, residents should move their cars from the street, so their cars don't get towed. PBOT also asks that people push all their leaves into the street.

Leaf Day pick-up services run through Dec. 19.

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