Please be advised, the leaf schedule will be updated daily and subject to change at any time. If you would like to receive schedule updates via e-mail, visit and subscribe under “Service Notices.”

Please Note – On Wednesday, November 30th, starting in Route #5, we began our attempt to make one additional pass of the City. We will proceed thereafter in numerical order and will move into Route #1 after Route #7 has been completed. Crews will not return to any of the routes once collection has been completed. Additionally, crews will not return for piles raked after the area has been collected or for piles not collected due to parked vehicles.

Please be Advised – We will be monitoring the forecast for the most up to date information regarding the possible winter storm system that has been predicted for our area the week of December 5th . Please keep in mind, the program may be suspended at any time, in order for us to prepare & convert all of our equipment for the impending storm. If you are not comfortable with the uncertainty of the schedule, please bag your leaves in the City of Iowa City yard waste bags or you may take them out to the landfill, free of charge, in any type of bag.

Friday, December 2nd – We will finish collecting a small portion of Route #6 and will be moving into Route #7 (Final Pass) and will possibly be moving into Route #1 (Final Pass).

Saturday, December 3rd – We will finish collecting in Route #1 and will be moving into Route #2 (Final Pass) and will possibly be moving into Route #3 (Final Pass).

Monday, December 5th – We will finish collecting in Route #3 and will possibly be moving into Route #4 (Final Pass).

Please be Advised - The leaf schedule is becoming more difficult to predict as some staff members have been pulled off leaf crews for winter preparation work. In addition, the number of leaf piles is dropping off. As a result, some issues slow down collection but others speed it up. We are doing the best we can with the resources available to get through every route one more time. However, we are at the mercy of the weather. There is currently no plan to end the program but bad weather predictions can force a decision to end the program at any time.

Please Note - When a partial route is scheduled, all leaves in the entire route should be ready for collection by 7:00 a.m. on the first day the route is scheduled in order to guarantee pickup.

If you are unsure of which route you are in please see the flyer that was included in your September City utility bill. Please make sure to turn the flyer over because there is important information on both sides of the flyer.

For more information about the City of Iowa City Leaf Vacuum Program, including a route map, instructions on how to prepare leaves and other helpful reminders be sure to visit

Date of publication

Friday, December 02, 2016