What to do with your leaves once you've raked and bagged them

LEWISTON, ID - It's that time of the year when fall brings in a new kind of beauty to the area.

But as the leaves change color and the trees shed their weight, the stormwater programs in the area are burdened with the clean up. City of Clarkston Public Works Director Jim Martin said it's important to rake, collect and bag your leaves so they don't blow into the streets. He advises residents not to pile up your leaves on the sidewalk either, because it causes problems for street cleaners.

"It plugs up the equipment and it also can create problems for stormwater system, during a rainstorm, create flooding that sort of thing, said Clarkston Public Works Director Jim Martin."

The City of Clarkston will pick up bags of leaves left on the curbside for no extra charge until March. There's no limit for how many bags you put out with your yard waste.

For folks in other areas of the quad cities region, we've got your leaf collection info as well.

For Lewiston residents, yard waste disposal is included in garbage collection fees. You can either put the leaves into your yard waste container or through the month of March pack them in plastic bags.
There aren't any extra fees for the bagged leaves, and you can leave as many bags as it takes.

Pullman area residents have the option of curbside collection of leaves until the 21st of this month. The Pullman Public Works Department requests that residents rake leaves onto the street next to the curb line. Unlike other areas bagged leaves will not be picked up, they simply want leaves raked into the street. The collection is divided into the different hills as follows.

November 5, 6 & 7, 2012 NW Military Hill
November 8, 9 & 13, 2012 SW Sunnyside Hill - including NW Nicole Ct., NW Sunrise Dr., NW Cory Ln., NW Golden Hills Dr. & Evergreen Community
November 14,15 & 16, 2012 SE Pioneer Hill
November 19, 20 & 21, 2012 NE College Hill

Moscow are residents are responsible for their own collection of leaves and yard waste disposal. A city ordinance prohibits leaves, grass and branches to be deposited onto city streets. The City of Moscow Street Department suggests residents call Latah Sanitation for pick of bagged leaves at 208-882-5724.