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Leaf Season 2020-2021
Posted on 02/15/2021
Leaf TruckFEB. 17 UPDATE - Leaf Collection will resume after weather and road conditions permit.  Crews are in Area 3 -  areas north of E. Broad St. around Hartness Rd. and Radio Rd.  Please check back for updates.

WEEK OF FEB. 15: Areas 3 & 4 (weather permitting)
WEEK OF FEB. 22: Area 4

“Rain, rain go away. We can’t pick up leaves when you come every day.”

Statesville leaf crews don’t like it when the forecast calls for rain. It’s hard to pick up wet leaves. “It’s almost like sucking up dirt,” described Russell Brown, assistant Sanitation Superintendent. “Plus you end up sucking large amounts of water into the equipment. This isn’t good for the equipment and causes mechanical issues … also, leaves are heavier when they’re wet and harder to get vacuumed up.”

The crews made their first run through the City starting in mid-October and finishing in mid-December. Holiday schedules, rain delays and larger piles of leaves on the curb have slowed down the second rotation.

Currently, the crews are working in Area 3. This is northeast Statesville, east of N. Center St. and north of E. Broad St. The trucks are working north of Hartness Rd. and expect to be in Area 4 next week; weather permitting, of course.

“If we get a break from Mother Nature, we should be able to finish up leaf season by the end of February,” said Brown. In the meantime, Brown encourages residents to consider using leaf bags. “We can pick up leaf bags a lot quicker and the bags keep the leaves from blowing away.” The bags are available in the Customer Service area of the City Office Building, 301 S. Center St., $2 for 20 bags.

Updated schedules are available on the City’s website at and Facebook page.