BG prepares for leaf collection


Curbside leaf collection will begin in Bowling Green on Nov. 3. Residents who receive city-provided
refuse/recycling service are eligible for the leaf pickup.
The city’s leaf pickup crew will begin working in Ward 3, and will then move on to Ward 4, Ward 1 and
Ward 2. Several passes of the city will be made.
Pickup will be by ward and not rubbish collection districts.
Leaves should be placed loose (not in bags) at the curb. Residents should not put branches in with leaves
as it will not be collected.
Residents are not to rake leaves into the street – this is an important note for public safety. Placing
leaves in the street is a violation of the city’s Storm Water Management Policy. During periods of rain,
leaves in the street are more prone to block the drainage system, causing flooding and other concerns.
Even when dry, leaves are still a safety hazard when placed in the street, as warm exhaust systems from
vehicles can cause the leaves to catch fire.
City residents may also take leaves to the drop-off site located behind the Public Works garage on
Tarragon Drive, off of East Poe Road. Brush and branches are not accepted at the drop-off site.
City residents may also wish to consider using a recycling mower to return shredded leaves to their
yards. Grass clippings and finely-chopped leaves add vital nutrients and organic matter to the lawn,
improving lawn health.
The city provides tracking of the leaf crews on its website at
Crews will pass through the city several times, and an announcement will be made prior to the final pass
through the city.

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