Marilyn Manley rakes leaves in her yard along Walnut Terrace on Thursday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Need to get rid of your leaves? Springfield to pick them up for free

Contractors for the city of Springfield will collect bagged leaves on two days this fall in an effort to keep leaves out of the sewer system.

Residents can place leaves outside of their homes for pickup on Saturday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 2. Any type of bag can be used, Springfield Service Director Chris Moore said, and the service is free.

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The bags will be collected and composted, he said. Neighbors can place bags at the curb up to three days in advance but should put them out no later than 6 a.m. on the day of pickup.

It’s a popular program, Moore said, but the city always want more people to participate.

“If the leaves end up in the drains, it can clog the drains,” he said. “It’s inevitable they’re going to get there but anything we can do to minimize that is a big help.”

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Residents should never rake leaves into the street or gutters, he said.

“Think about the gutters at your house and the problems leaves can cause in those,” Moore said. “It’s just amplified when you’re looking at an entire drainage system in the city.”

More information about the leaf collection days is available by calling 937-525-5800 or by visiting the city’s website at

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