Leaf Collection Begins November 1st

Autumn tree with pile of fall leaves and rakeThe Mishawaka Street Department will begin the city’s annual fall leaf collection program on Monday, November 1, 2021 and will follow a schedule that should help residents plan their leaf raking activities. Residents may begin raking leaves to their curbside starting the weekend of October 30-31.

"Residents can expect at least six (6) passes through their neighborhood during the fall leaf pickup. Even if we have inclement weather, the Mishawaka Street Department is prepared to provide this weekly service with little or no interruption," states Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood. "This is a successful program that the City of Mishawaka has been able to offer to its residents for over 30 years due to strategic planning and budgeting. It is yet another example of the world-class service that Mishawaka residents are indeed fortunate to receive."

Leaves will be picked up each week on the day before each resident’s regular trash pick-up day. Those with a Monday trash pickup will have their leaves picked up on Friday. The leaf collection program will continue through Friday, December 17th.

NOTE:  The week of November 8-12 will operate on a 4-day schedule. There will be no pickup on November 11 due to the Veterans Day holiday. Residents should place their leaves at the curb for pickup as soon as possible during this week.

Residents should follow these guidelines:

  • Leaves should be raked to the edge of the curb and should be free of branches, twigs, stones or similar foreign objects which can damage equipment and delay leaf pick-up.
  • Do not to rake leaves into the street immediately after a vacuum unit has passed through an area since the vacuum unit will not return until the next scheduled pick-up time and leaves may clog sewer inlets or blow back into yards or streets.
  • As always, leaves may be bagged and put out with your weekly trash pick-up. The City has requested the Republic Services bag limit be waived from October 25 - December 17, 2021 during the Leaf Collection Program.
  • Mishawaka residents may take brush to the Mishawaka Organic Center, 1105 East Fifth Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. NOTE: The Organic Center will be closed November 11 due to the Veterans Day holiday.

Any questions about the program can be answered by calling Street Commissioner Tim Ryan at the Mishawaka Street Dept. at (574) 258-1660.