Leaf Disposal

New Locations Available for the 28th Annual Leaf Disposal & Food Drive

Bring your leaves and food donations to one or more of these convenient events, or save yourself the trip and “Leave Your Leaves.” Natural compost benefits your lawn and garden and protects against clogged drains.

Join us these Saturdays in 2020, 9am - 3pm, at the parking lots of:

October 31 and November 21
November 7 and December 5
November 14 and December 12

Instructions

  • Leaves, pine needles and grass clippings accepted
  • Bring debris loose or in a paper bag (no plastic)
  • Please limit debris to 50 lbs. per bag
  • Program is for residents not commercial operations
  • We'll also collect monetary and food donations for the Oregon Food Bank and other local food banks
Navigating 2020 Leaf Drop-Off Events

Whether this is your first year to drop off your leaves or you have participated for years, these quick tips will help you quickly and successfully recycle of your leaves in 2020:

  1. Create a clearing in your yard.
  2. Lay down a tarp.
  3. Rake or blow leaves onto the tarp.
  4. Drag the tarp onto a vehicle (e.g. truck-bed, utility trailer)
  5. Or, place your leaves in paper bags.
  6. Bring to a drop-off event along with nonperishable food items for donation.
  7. Stay in your vehicle while we unload your leaves.

That’s it! We will unload your leaves to maintain physical distancing and will bring all food donations to the Oregon Food Bank after each event. If you need support with yardwork, check out the fall leaf tips below.

Fall Leaf Tips

We love trees – and also know fallen leaves can block storm drains and cause problems for you and your neighbors. Help prevent localized flooding by properly recycling of leaves. Use one or more of these helpful tips:

 

  • Drop them off. Place leaves in paper bags or bins and drop them off at a CWS or partner city event this fall. We have more than quadrupled our drop-off opportunities to help meet customer needs.
  • Leave your leaves. Leaves can make excellent natural mulch. You can leave the leaves that fall on garden areas or mulch them with your lawnmower for use in planting beds.
  • Hire a service. Many neighbors work together to manage leaf fall. You can combine resources to hire a service that will collect and dispose of all your leaves together.
  • Find support for yardwork, if needed, through the 211 Community Resource Directory online, call 211 or 503.222.5555, or text your zip code to 898211 during office hours.
City Partner Drop-Offs

The partner cities below also have residential leaf programs. Please contact your city for additional details.

Partner Date/Time Location
City of Beaverton 8 am - 4 pm
Various dates Oct. - Dec.
160th Parking Lot
City of Cornelius 8 am - 3 pm
Monday - Friday and the following Saturdays:
October 24
November 7
November 21
December 5
1300 S Kodiak Circle
City of Durham Saturday & Sundays:
November 14 and 15
November 21 and 22
December 5 and 6
Durham City Park
City of Forest Grove Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm:
November 21
December 5
December 19
22nd Ave and Yew St.
City of Hillsboro Saturdays, 9 am - 3 pm:
November 14
December 5
Hillsboro Fairground Sports Complex on 28th Avenue
City of Sherwood
Saturday, 9 am - 3 pm:
December 5
15527 SW Willamette Street
City of Tigard Saturdays, 9 am - 3 pm:
November 7
November 21
December 5
December 12
Cook Park, end of 92nd Avenue
City of Tualatin TBD 18850 SW Cipole Road

 

Program Benefits

Clean Water Services collects about 10,000 cubic yards (about 1,000 truckloads) of leaves each year and takes them to West Union Gardens and made into mulch.

Participating in the leaf disposal program helps:

  • Reduce localized flooding caused by leaf-clogged storm drains.
  • Keep nutrients from decaying yard debris out of local creeks, wetlands and the Tualatin River.
  • Keep streets safe and clear for bikes and pedestrians.

This program is funded by Clean Water Services' $9.25 per month Surface Water Management (SWM) fee. This fee pays for flood management and water quality protection and improvement programs including street sweeping, 24-hour emergency flood response, catch basin cleaning, water quality monitoring, watershed planning and public education.

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