When raking leaves this fall, remember to place leaf piles at the curb for the leaf vacuum, not in storm drains, waterways, or on the street.

Leaves and yard waste can plug storm drains and impede waterways, causing a greater risk of flooding in the spring. Grass and other debris can also lead to unnaturally high levels of nutrients in local streams, and can negatively impact water quality and wildlife. 

To correctly dispose of leaves:

  • Leaf vacuum program: View the schedule and learn more at www.icgov.org/leafvacuum.  
  • Curbside pick-up: Place leaves in a City organics cart, paper yard waste bag, or any upright 20-35 gallon plastic container. Limit 50 pounds. 
  • Landfill drop-off: Compost leaves at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center's commercial compost facility, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW.   

If you see a clogged storm drain, consider helping your neighbor by removing the leaves, or contact the Streets Division at 319-356-5181.

A graphic showing reminders for proper leaf disposal in Iowa City.

Date of publication

Wednesday, November 07, 2018