Leaf relief

City of Chico launches annual leaf collection program

It’s that time of year when the trees are shedding leaves in bulk. As a result, the city of Chico will begin its annual leaf collection program on Monday (Oct. 31).

The service removes leaves from roadways not only to keep public rights-of-way clear, but also to prevent clogged storm drains and potential flooding, according to a city press release. The program is not intended for leaves and yard waste generated from trees on private property, alleyways or the unincorporated areas within the city.

The release reminds residents to rake leaves into piles—not into plastic bags—at least 1 foot away from the curb, but not in bicycle lanes. The program will end on Jan. 2. Go to www.ci.chico.ca.us for more information.