Leaf Pick-Up

leaf vac

Guidelines for Leaf Pickup

  • There is not a set schedule for leaf pickup. The vacuums usually start mid-October and run through late-November making as many passes through the city as time allows. Please check the city's Facebook page (Valparaiso Now) or local papers for actual start and end dates.
  • Fall leaf season is the only time leaves may be left loose at the curb.
  • Leaves should be the only thing in the pile – no sticks, bricks, boards, or other items
  • If you wish to bag your leaves, please use biodegradable paper bags only.
  • We do not service alleys for leaf pick-up with the vacuums. If you wish to have leaves picked up in an alley, they must be bagged in biodegradable bags, and they will be collected by brush trucks.
  • Keep in mind, during leaf season there are fewer crews to pick up brush and bagged leaves. Residents are welcome to take bagged leaves and brush to the compost site at 2150 W Lincolnway.

What happens to all those leaves?

Leaves picked up by Public Works are taken to the city-owned, state-sanctioned composting facility located at 2150 W. Lincolnway. This compost is available to city residents.