Iowa City will again be offering leaf vacuuming in your neighborhood. Weekly schedules are posted under the news feed at the tops of this page. 

For efficient pick up, follow these tips:

Watch a brief video to learn how to prepare your leaves for the leaf vacuum. 


  • Leaf vacuuming begins Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in zones 6 and 7, and will proceed in numerical order, moving to Zone 1 after 7 is complete. 

  • The process will repeat until the program ends Wednesday, Nov. 21. Note the 2018 program has been extended, but is weather pending and may end at any time. 

  • To see schedules indicating where crews will work over a five-day period, visit, follow the City of Iowa City on FacebookTwitter and Nextdoor, or subscribe for  e-mail updates at The schedule will be updated and posted daily. 

  • If you do not have direct access to the internet, call 319-356-5181. 
2018 Leaf Vacuum Map Iowa City


  • Rake leaves into a pile on the City right-of-way in front of your house, between the sidewalk and curb. 

  • No sticks, brush, garden refuse or other waste – only leaves. 

  • Piles should be no further than 5 ft. back from the curb, as the vacuum hose will not reach farther. 

  • Combine your leaves into sizeable piles. It slows crews to have to work with many small piles. 

  • The minimum size for one pile should be the equivalent of one paper yard waste bag. 

  • Do not rake leaves into the street, as they may be washed into the storm sewer and can cause flooding. 

  • Do not pile leaves around mailboxes and signposts, instead place the pile in an open area. 


  • Cars parked on the street slow down leaf pick up. In areas where on-street parking is heavy, ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted while leaf crews are in the area. 

  • If you live on a street with heavy parking and you wish to have signs placed, call the Streets Division at 319-356-5181 for consideration. 

  • On streets where calendar parking is enforced, leaf vacuuming will occur on the side without parking. 

  • Be considerate when parking on the street and avoid parking near leaf piles on pick up days. 

Final reminders

  • Despite all advanced preparation; equipment breakdowns, heavy rain, and snow can slow or end the program early. 
  • Do not wait to rake. An early winter requires equipment and crews to be moved to snow removal.
  • Paper yard waste bags can be used for more rapid pick up and will be collected on your regular curbside service day through January. 
  • Residents can haul their leaves – for free – to the Landfill at 3900 Hebl Ave. SW