I don't know about you, but I'm certainly not fearing this fall season. The one thing I always hated about my favorite season of the year, is leaf pickup. Plus, I had a walnut tree in my backyard. Talk about a mess! But the derecho of last year took down most of the large trees in our neighborhood. I can honestly say that leaf pickup this year will be half of what it used to be. For those of you who live in Cedar Rapids, another sign fall is here started this week. The city fired up their vacuum trucks, and leaf pickup is underway.

The Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling division started running their leaf vacuum trucks this week. The trucks will run through December 10th, if you're wondering exactly how long you have to take care of any potential leaf mess in your yard. CBS2 reports that leaf collection will take place every other week depending on what part of the city you live in. Leaf collection in the southeast and northeast quadrants will start on Mondays in alternating weeks. Southwest and Northwest quadrants will be on Wednesdays in alternating weeks. You probably have received a schedule in one of your utility bills.

Cedar Rapids residents don't have to bag their leaves. All they need to do is rake them to the parking area or grass area next to their homes by 7 a.m. on their scheduled Monday or Wednesday. Leaves have to be kept out of the street and away from things like mailboxes, signs, poles, and trees. Leaf piles should be free of brush and debris.

If you need to see when pick-up is scheduled for your neighborhood, visit CityofCR.com/Leaf.
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