Crews are completing the initial round of leaf collection in Bowling Green. The final round of leaf collection will begin the week of December 4th. Leaf collection is available for addresses that are eligible for City refuse/recycling collection and is not connected to the regular refuse/recycling collection schedule.
NOTE: This will be the final leaf collection for 2023. Once the crews leave a street, they will not return.
A map has been posted to the City’s website allowing residents to follow crews as they move through the City.
Link to Leaf Collection Map
Bowling Green residents may also take leaves to the drop-off site located behind the Public Works garage on Tarragon Drive (off East Poe Road). Brush and branches are not accepted at the drop-off site.
Residents may also consider using a recycling mower to return shredded leaves to their yards. Grass clippings and finely chopped leaves add vital nutrients and organic matter to the lawn, thus improving lawn health.
The primary method the city uses for collection of leaves is the “Grab and Go” method which utilizes a tractor with a rake on the back of it. The tractor will drive through the right-of-way loosely raking the leaves into the street for collection. This method is used so that crews can efficiently work their way through the city, minimizing fuel consumption and maximizing the amount of time the crews have to collect the leaves. This method may look messy, but re-rake your leaves, add more to the pile and crews will be back for another round. The second (and final) round will be more thorough.
If you choose to use this method, please follow these guidelines:
- Leaves should be placed loose (not in bags) at the curbside.
- Do not place leaves near poles, mailboxes, guide wires, or any other structures.
- Do not rake leaves into the street. This blocks street drainage during rain events. Also, parked cars with warm exhaust systems are at risk of catching fire when parked over dry leaves. Children also tend to play in leaves making this a dangerous situation.
- Do not put brush or branches with the leaves as it will not be collected.
The City’s leaves are taken to the Wood County Landfill’s Yard Waste Recycling area, where they are composted and reused.
Questions about this year’s leaf collection may be directed to the Public Works Department by calling 419-354-6227.