DALLAS -- City crews will begin picking up leaves in the streets of Dallas beginning Monday, Nov. 22.
The city divides the community into 10 zones for leaf pickup. Crews will begin picking up leaves in Zone 1 and expect to move through all 10 zones within two weeks.
A map of the zones can be found on the city of Dallas website, www.ci.dallas.or.us. Watch the website calendar for daily updates or call 503-831-3562 for information on which zones crews are working in during that time.
The final day to put leaves in the street is Wednesday, Dec. 15. After that date, crews will make one final sweep through town to remove any remaining leaves.
Residents can also dispose of leaves in other ways.
Probably the easiest solution is to place them in your yard debris bin provided by Allied Waste. They will be picked up as part of your regular garbage service.
If you have too many leaves, as many Dallas residents do, you may bring them to any of the three drop-off sites in the city. The locations are:
* The gravel lot west of the ball fields at Lyle Elementary School.
* The parking lot at Dallas City Park at the end of Allgood Street.
* The far east end of Hankel Street in front of the barricade.
Residents may also consider "recycling" leaves by spreading them out across the lawn, then simply run back and forth over them a few times with the lawn mower. These finely chopped leaves act as light mulch for the lawn over the winter. The mulch will decompose by spring.
Helpful hints from the city of Dallas:
* Leaves should be raked into the street in small piles.
* Be careful to avoid blocking the roadway.
* Be sure to keep the piles away from the storm drains and at least 18 inches from the curb to allow water to drain.
* City equipment can only pick up leaves. Do not place trimmings, brush, grass or other debris in the street.