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Hip hip hooray for Leaf Day

The annual service provided by the Portland Bureau of Transportation removes fallen leaves for free within certain districts.

A person uses a broom to sweep up red and yellow leaves on the ground.

Red and orange becomes brown and yucky before you know it.

Photo via PBOT

While the vibrant fall colors we’re blessed with in Portland are something to look forward to every year, dealing with the mess afterward is not.

That’s where Leaf Day comes in handy. The annual service provided by the Portland Bureau of Transportation removes fallen leaves for residents living within certain districts. Here are some things to know ahead of time.

  • Find your district so you know when to move your car off the street, otherwise you will get a ticket ($85) and your vehicle will be towed ($206). Take those trash cans in too.
  • Rake your leaves out into the street the day before your Leaf Day, and leave ample space between your pile, parked cars, and the curb (for rain runoff).
  • Trim street-side trees to 11 ft of clearance for the sweepers.
  • Other yard debris like branches and pine needles are prohibited.
  • It never hurts to give your neighbors a friendly reminder.