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2017 Fall Leaf Pickup Program

by John Travis
Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017



Contact:           Mark Jones, Streets Supervisor, (231) 922-4901 ext. 112

City of Traverse City


Leaf Collection Starts

Monday, October 23rd


The City of Traverse City’s Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin Monday, October 23, 2017.  Residents are reminded that there is a City Ordinance which prohibits open burning in the City.


DO NOT PLACE leaves in the street before October 19, 2017 as this will be in violation of City Ordinance 668.03 which states “No person shall place or throw any goods, wares, merchandise, machinery, junk, wood, rubbish, manure, leaves, grass, sawdust, ashes, garbage or refuse upon any public street, alley or sidewalk, except that leaves may be placed at the curb line of streets for collection by City forces during a period designated by the City Manager for such collection.”  This period does not start until October 19, 2017.  Anyone placing anything in the street before then is in violation of this ordinance and shall be responsible for a civil infraction.


General Guidelines – NO PLASTIC BAGS!



  • On curb & gutter streets, rake leaves down into street.    DO NOT BLOCK CATCH BASINS!
  • On all other streets rake leaves to gravel shoulder or paved edge of the road.
  • No leaves will be picked up in alleys, except homes along Division Street, East Front Street from Railroad Avenue to Munson Avenue, and Munson Avenue from East Front Street to Airport Access Road.
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS!  Leaves should be LOOSE – State Law prohibits plastic bags at our compost site.  Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable.
  • No branches or brush will be picked up.  Do not put them out for pick up.
  • Please do not park vehicles over leaf piles in City streets.

Leaf pickup will begin Monday, October 23, 2017 on the WEST side of the City.  Due to weather and leaf fall variables, no specific pickup date will be scheduled.  We will cover the City neighborhoods, beginning on the west side and moving eastward, over a period of 5 to 7 weekdays, and then will return to the west side to repeat the process.  Leaves should be raked out in front of your house for pickup as promptly as possible on or after October 19, 2017.  Pick up will continue through November 17, 2017.

Residents should remember that if they have yard waste that they want picked up before the City’s leaf pick up, American Waste will do the pickup for $2.23 per bag as part of their service.  Call American Waste at 231-943-8088 for information regarding their sticker program.


The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).