Fall Leaf Pickup Program

LeafPickup2013(2)Each fall, the City of Portage operates a leaf collection program that includes the collection of leaves along public streets in each zone. The 2021 Fall Leaf Pickup Program is projected to run from Monday, October 25 to Thursday, December 2. 

Program Details

  • ONLY loose leaves or leaves bagged in biodegradable paper yard waste bags will be collected.  
  • Leaf collection will occur three times in each zone or until prohibited by the weather.
  • 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. 
  • 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.