The City's Department of Public Improvements (DPI) will begin their annual collection of loose and fallen leaves starting on November 20.
The Leaf Collection Schedule and associated map shows the zoned sections where DPI crews will organize efforts. A more detailed list for each zoned section of the map shows when work will commence on individual streets. Collection areas are based on the same zoned sections that DPI uses for street cleaning.
DPI will post leaf pick-up notices in each section 24 hours before service begins to ensure residents are given prior notification.
Residents should note that not every street will be cleaned. Only areas where there are a significant amount of trees and foliage that has fallen will be swept. If you do not see your street or neighborhood on the map you can contact DPI at 859-292-2292 to arrange for a separate leaf collection.
According to Mike Whatley, General Maintenance Supervisor for DPI, residents should follow these general guidelines:
- Review the zone map and see when DPI crews plan to come to your area. Prepare leaves for curbside placement in time for when collection is scheduled. Crews will take both loose leaves and bagged leaves.
- The day before DPI crews are scheduled to come to your area of residence, put the leaves at the curbside. When doing this, please do not block sidewalks, streets, or driveways. Leaves can either be bagged or placed at the curb in neat piles.
- Any leaves that are not picked up during scheduled times can re-scheduled for pick up by calling 859.292.2292.
A properly prepared leaf pile contains only loose leaves with no other yard waste, such as tree trimmings. These items can damage our vacuum equipment and create a safety hazard for our crews.
Leaf piles should be raked or blown to the curb prior to crews reaching your neighborhood. Leaves should not be raked or blown into the street. Placing leaves into the street creates a safety hazard and can result in flooding when leaves are washed into the storm water system.
Please keep leaf piles away from obstructions such as parked vehicles, fire hydrants, mailboxes, fencing, landscaping, water meters, utility poles and guy wires. Our crews need room to work and do not want to damage our equipment or your property while collecting loose leaves.
In an effort to prevent damage to property and equipment, leaf piles with foreign objects or placed near obstructions may NOT be collected.
The City of Covington appreciates your cooperation in helping make the loose leaf collection program a success!