Monday, December 16 will start the last week of leaf collection for the Street Department.

Rake leaves into long piles on the grass next to the street or sidewalk beside the curb, not more than 6 feet from the curb. For the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, if you must pile leaves on the sidewalk, please leave as wide a walking path as possible.

Leaves must be kept out of the street. Residents and property owners that have a storm drain in front of their property are asked to keep the drain area clear of leaves. This will help reduce the chances of water backing up on City streets. Bagged leaves will be collected, but it slows the city-wide collection down drastically. The leaf vac crew has to empty the bags out in order to vacuum up the leaves and they will leave the bags on the property.

Do not place leaves in the alley—they will not be removed. Do not put sticks, twigs and other trash into or on top of the leaf piles. These items can damage the vacuum equipment and force crews to pluck these items from the leaves—another time-consuming task.

Located at 20100 CR 19, the Goshen Environmental Center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents. The Environmental Center is open 52 weeks a year. Winter hours are in effect from Dec. 1st through March 31st with hours being Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Their number is number is 533-6200.