Fall Leaf Pickup Program

Each 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.  Fall 2020 program dates and information are expected to be published in August.

  • 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.


Please note the Address Locator Tool is turned off when the Fall Leaf Pickup Program is not running.