Leaf Vacuum Service

RESIDENTIAL LEAF VACUUM SERVICE

Throughout the year, leaves may be disposed of in your green organics bin or at:

Creekside Soils
1500 Adams St SE
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00am-12 noon (through November, then closed on Saturdays for the winter)


RESIDENTIAL LEAF VACUUM SERVICE


PLEASE NOTE this service is for leaves, not grass.

2020 SCHEDULE

Monday garbage pickup              Tuesday leaf pickup         10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/03, 11/10, 11/17

Tuesday garbage pickup              Wednesday leaf pickup   10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/04, 11/11, 11/18

Wednesday garbage pickup       Thursday leaf pickup        10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/05, 11/12, 11/19

Thursday garbage pickup            Friday leaf pickup             10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/06, 11/13, 11/20

Friday garbage pickup                  Monday leaf pickup         10/19, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 11/23

Leaves will be vacuumed from your street the day after your garbage is picked up, beginning Tuesday, October 13, so please have the leaves raked out into the street the same evening your garbage is picked up.  The program ends Monday, November 23 OR when  significant snow arrives, whichever comes first.

  • Vacuums may be in your area at other times, but will return on the designated day between 7 am and 5 pm
  • Leaves WILL NOT be vacuumed if there are vehicles prohibiting the tractor drawn vacuums from safely reaching the leaves.
  • Please DO NOT rake leaves into the street until the day of your garbage service.
  • LEAVES ONLY – To make sure the equipment stays running, please do not rake anything other than leaves onto street curbs.  If items other than leaves are placed, service will not be provided until the items are removed.
  • Please DO rake leaves into neat rows along the edge of the curb.  Residential services are provided by tractor drawn vacuums, so it’s necessary to keep leaves back from corners to allow for turning.
  • Residents on roadways that are under construction will not be served until the base course of bituminous paving is completed.  No service will be provided to unpaved roadways.  Residents may haul leaves to Creekside at no cost.  For small quantities, the green organics cart may be used.

PLEASE NOTE this service is for leaves, not grass.

Leaf Vacuum Service

LEAVES ONLY – (NO grass, sticks, vines, etc.) To make sure the equipment stays running, please don’t rake anything other than leaves onto street curbs.  If items other than leaves are placed, service will not be provided until the items are removed.

In wet, warm weather during fall, grass continues to grow.  This can result in the rows in front of some houses being made up primarily of grass.  Grass vacuums much harder than leaves and  creates undue wear on the vacuum’s intake.

Your assistance in reducing the amount of grass in the rows is appreciated and will result in higher machine reliability.

If you use a mower to collect leaves, simply raise the deck of your mower to collect the leaves, instead of grass.

City operators are instructed to leave rows primarily made of up mowed grass.  Property owners with rows primarily made up of mowed grass are responsible for cleaning up the row.  If the rows remain, the City will clean them up and may charge property owners for that service.

For more information:

Contact Public Works at (320) 234-4219 or send us an email.


Helpful tips include:

  • Please keep children away from the leaf piles.  Do not allow small pets to run free during leaf pickup.  The leaf vacuum is very powerful and to avoid any potential injury it is important to keep children and pets away from the leaf piles.
  • Leaves only!  Brush and other debris will not be picked up.  If other items other than leaves are placed, service will not be provided until the items are removed.
  • Leaves WILL NOT be vacuumed if there are vehicles prohibiting the tractor drawn vacuums from safely reaching the leaves.
  • Place leaves in the gutter (on the street directly next to the curb).  A good practice would be to rake leaves close to the edge of the street as you have time during the week, then simply rake them into the gutter right before leaf removal takes place.  Residents of cul-de-sacs can make tidy piles between driveways.
  • Pull leaves back from corner lots.  The machine turns too wide to pick up leaves left on the corner.
  • The leaf vacuum machine will operate every day, rain or shine, until the leaves are gone or snow arrives.  Only during severe weather will operations be suspended.
  • The leaf vacuum removes leaves, then chops and compacts them into a self-contained trailer towed by a tractor.  The chopped, compacted leaves are then recycled at Creekside Soils, the City-owned composting facility.
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