14 November 2016

Fall street leaf cleaning to begin this week

City of Vancouver
Information Bulletin
November 14, 2016
With the majority of our tree canopy now bare, City crews will begin to sweep and clear leaves from streets starting this week. Residents are asked to do their part by following all temporary “no parking” signs that will be posted the day in advance of cleaning activities.
If temporary “no parking” signs are posted, residents are required to move their vehicle(s) to another spot before 7 am on the date indicated. It is very important that vehicles are moved as it allows our crews to do a much better job of clearing all of the leaves from the street. Vehicles that are not moved may be towed to a nearby location or ticketed. Vehicles with a SPARC permit will be returned to the same location once the street cleaning is completed. 
Crews will initially focus on streets with higher volumes of leaves and may need to do one or two passes with the sweeper. To view a map and schedule of street leaf cleaning activities, visit vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/leaf-collection-from-city-streets.aspx
Do not rake leaves onto the sidewalk, catch basin, bike lane or street — this this can cause flooding and is a safety hazard to pedestrians and cyclists.
Residential Leaf Collection
Residents are encouraged to rake leaves that fall on their property, the sidewalk, catch basin or boulevard and add them to their Green Bin. Extra leaves that do not fit in residents Green Bins should be placed in paper yard waste bags or store-bought bins and set out on the following designated extra leaf collection weekends:
  • November 19 to 20 (updated date)  *this weekend*
  • December 10 to 11
  • January 14 to 15, 2017 (Christmas trees will also be collected)
Leaves in plastic bags are not accepted. Residents are asked to set their leaves out for collection before 7 am on the scheduled Saturday and to download the VanCollect app on their smartphone for collection reminders.
Helpful guidelines on the City’s fall leaf program can be found at vancouver.ca/leaves.
Disposing of leaves on boulevards or City property (including parks) is illegal dumping, and can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
Media Contact:
Corporate Communications

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