Fall Leaf Pickup Program

Leaf Collection AdEach fall, the City of Portage operates a leaf collection program that includes the collection of leaves along public streets in each zone.  Leaf collection will occur three times in each zone or until prohibited by the weather.  The 2019 Fall Leaf Pickup Program will run from October 28 through December 5.  Click here to view a collection map and collection dates.  You can also use the address locator tool below to determine your three collection dates.

  • ONLY loose leaves or leaves bagged in biodegradable paper yard waste bags will be collected.  
  • Leaves in plastic bags (including biodegradable plastic bags) WILL NOT be collected.
  • Place leaves at the curb by 7 AM on your scheduled pickup date but not more than 72 hours before.
  • Loose leaves should be raked off the grass and into the street.  Leaves bagged in biodegradable paper yard waste bags should be placed next to the curb as close to the street edge as possible.  Please do not block traffic or bike lanes. 
  • The Fall Leaf Pickup Program is separate from the Quarterly Curbside Brush Collection Program.  Brush and leaf piles should be placed in separate locations at the curb.
  • Streets will be swept following each neighborhood collection, weather permitting.  However, it may not occur the same day as collection. 
  • There is NO burn period in Portage.  Burning of leaves is not permitted at any time.

Note: The Fall Leaf Pickup Program is not performed for commercial establishments, churches or schools or on private streets (unless every property owner on a private street has signed an indemnification form). Please contact the Department of Public Works at (269) 329-4444 with any questions.