2013 Leaf Season Guidelines

The City of Paducah is starting the 2013 leaf season program.  If possible, mulching leaves is a good option since the mulched leaves provide nutrients to flowerbeds, lawns, and gardens and help the environment by reducing waste.  However, if mulching is not an option or if your yard still has an excess of leaves, the guidelines for leaf collection for residents and for commercial lawn service organizations are listed below.  The burning of leaves is banned in the City of Paducah.

Leaf Bags:  Residents should bag their leaves for collection.  Leaves that are not bagged will not be collected.  Residents may use any type of yard or trash bag for their leaves. 

Surplus leaf bags from the City’s 2008 leaf collection program are available for purchase.  There is a limit of two boxes per person per visit.  The boxes of leaf bags are available for city and non-city residents.  The boxes contain 50 bags and can be purchased for $8.00 at the following locations:

  • City of Paducah Finance Department – 1st Floor of City Hall – 300 South 5th Street – 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and
  • Compost Facility – 1560 North 8th Street – Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Leaf Bag Collection Guidelines:

  • Leaf and brush collection will occur on Monday across the City.  If a homeowner has five bags of leaves or less, those bags can be collected with their trash on the designated trash collection day.  If a homeowner misses the Monday collection day or has more than five bags of leaves, they can wait until the following Monday for collection or call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 444-8567 to schedule a pick-up.
  • City residents can drop bags of leaves off at the Compost Facility at 1560 North 8th Street during business hours at no charge.  The Compost Facility is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Do not include grass clippings, brush, trash, construction materials, etc. with the leaves.  Bags that have any of these materials mixed with the leaves will not be collected.
  • Place bags next to the road for easy pick up.  Do not place bags behind obstacles such as parked vehicles, trees, mailboxes, fire hydrants, or streetlights.
  • Bags should not be placed in the street, gutter, ditches, or any drainage way.  Also do not rake or use a leaf blower to move leaves to the gutter.  This will obstruct the flow of storm water runoff when it rains.
  • Leaf collection will be postponed during any inclement weather conditions.

Leaf Vacuuming:  Leaf vacuuming will be done periodically in City rights-of-way.  Residents who cannot bag their leaves should make arrangements with friends or family or a commercial lawn service to have their leaves bagged.  

Commercial Lawn Services:  Commercial lawn service organizations working for City of Paducah residents during leaf season are to remove the leaves from the premises and dispose of them properly.  See Code of Ordinances Sec. 42-49 for additional information.  Currently, the City is suspending the charges for the disposal of leaves at the Compost Facility for commercial lawn service organizations.  The commercial organization will be requested to show its City of Paducah business license and provide the address of the Paducah residence where it has been working.

Property Owner Responsibility:  According to Paducah Code of Ordinances Sec. 98-31, the property owner shall be responsible for maintaining, in a clean and sanitary condition, the sidewalks, ditches, curbs and gutters, driveway pipes, drainage pipes and unpaved/undeveloped portion of rights-of-way abutting such premises, and for keeping the aforementioned in good repair.

For more information about the 2013 leaf collection program, call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 444-8567 or visit www.paducahky.gov

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