The leaf removal program starts mid-October and runs through mid-December. The purpose of this program is to eliminate excess leaf build-up along city streets that can cause stormwater drains to clog. These efforts help prevent flooding and reduce negative impacts affecting our water quality. Leaves collected during this program are taken to the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility where they are recycled and turned into compost. Over 10,000 cubic yards of leaves are collected annually!
This program is only for single-family residences within city limits. The city is divided into five different areas, with specific rake-out dates assigned to each (rake-out dates are the day by which you must have your leaves at the curb by 7 a.m.). Leaves will be picked up within three days of that date, weather permitting. Only leaves and pine needles are acceptable for pick-up. A postcard is mailed to City residents the first week of October. These postcards are specific to residents in each area and contain only the rake-out dates for that area. Please keep this postcard so you can refer back to your scheduled rake-out dates.
To determine which leaf pick-up area you are located in, use the Transportation Map and type your address in on the upper left corner in the "search all layers" field, or refer to the 2021 Leaf Areas Map (PDF).
2022 Rake-Out dates will be published on this page.
You can take leaves, year-round, to the Mesa County Compost Facility free of charge.
Please send us an email if you have any questions or comments. For the most up-to-date information on leaf removal, please call 970-256-4111.