EUGENE, Ore. — It’s that time of the year when lots of people in Eugene will be working hard out in their yards to rake up leaves.
If you find yourself raking leaves and not having anywhere to put them, the city’s leaf collection program starts in a few weeks.
“It is the time of year when leaves are either a big pain or they’re just a wonderful natural resource,” said Eric Jones, Eugene Public Works Spokesman.
If you look to leaves for a compost pile, or simply want to get some leaves out of your yard, the City of Eugene has programs in place to rake away difficulties disposing these leaves by collecting unwanted leaves from city streets.
“They’ll be working in three areas of the city simultaneously, so they will have to work their way through these large neighborhood areas but in all parts of the city,” Jones said.
Starting on Nov. 12, the city will focus in on the downtown area, collecting leaves from the areas most likely to experience flooding. Then crews begin work on the rest of the city.
But if you’re not looking to get rid of leaves and actually want to pick some up, local parks like Washington Park offer free leaf pickup for residents.
“Some people like maple leaves. Some people like ash, and they can take a look at what type of trees are present in the park system and choose those leaves,” said Chris Girard, Eugene Parks and Open Spaces Supervisor.
As long as people bring a wheelbarrow to any local parks, they can haul out as many leaves as they want. And if you don’t live near a park the city will also deliver leaves to your home free of charge.
The City of Eugene says it’s too early to rake leaves into the streets. It recommends people rake any unwanted leaves and put them in the street just a day or two before crews will be heading to your neighborhood.