Fall Leaf Haul
Turn in Your Leaves for Free!
Compost your leaves and grass clippings for free at the Fall Leaf Haul on Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Homeowners may drop off grass clippings and leaves to turn them into compost locally. Properly disposing of leaves keeps them out of storm drains, preventing clogged storm drains and flooding.
What We Accept
We cannot accept tree limbs. The program is designed for Salem residents only, so no compost from commercial landscapers, please.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
2015 Collection Sites
Lana Avenue NE Gate
Lana Avenue NE and Silverton Road NE
Brown’s Island Demolition Landfill
2895 Faragate Street S
Assistance for Senior and Disabled Residents
Seniors and disabled residents may call Center 50+ at 503-588-6303 for assistance in transporting bagged leaves to a collection site. November 18, 2015, will be the last day seniors and disabled citizens will be able to sign up for assistance.
Volunteer Call & Donations
The City of Salem is seeking volunteers for this year’s event. If you are interested in volunteering a couple of hours, or you would like more information about the event, please contact Leo Gonzalez at 503-589-2195.
This event is free for Salem residents. You can return the favor! Those who wish to may donate a few dollars to support the Parks Tradition Fund or canned food to support Marion-Polk Food Share.
What Can You Do with Fallen Leaves?
With the fall season comes the task of what to do with all those leaves. You have several options. First, consider composting them. They make a good addition to any compost pile. Second, place your leaves in your green yard waste bin for curbside pickup. Third, Salem residents can pass along their leaves to the City of Salem during its annual leaf haul.
Do not rake or blow leaves into the street because leaves and fall rains may cause local flooding by plugging up storm drains and catch basins. The Public Works Department sweeps the streets around the clock, but remember, raking or blowing leaves into the street is prohibited by Salem Revised Code 47.220.
Residents can further assist by being “leaf rangers” in their neighborhoods. If leaves are covering catch basins in the street, simply rake the leaves to the lower side of the catch basin. This will prevent flooding for the short-term.
For more ideas about how you can help make a difference in our environment, check out the Clean Streams, Clear Choices program.
Thank You to Our Volunteers and Sponsors
The Fall Leaf Haul program is sponsored by the City of Salem, Marion County Public Works Environmental Services, Salem garbage and recycling haulers, and neighborhood and community groups. Equipment, operators, and hauling costs are donated by the Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association. Disposal fees have been paid by Marion County Public Works, Environmental Services. The collection sites are organized and staffed by neighborhood association and service organization volunteers.
- Republic Services-Salem
- D & O Garbage
- Pacific Sanitation
- Suburban Garbage
- Faye Wright Neighborhood Association
- Grant Neighborhood Association
- Highland Neighborhood Association
- Lansing Community Action Neighborhood Association
- North Lancaster Neighborhood Association
- Northeast Neighbors Neighborhood Association
- Northeast Salem Community Neighborhood Association
- Northgate Neighborhood Association
- South Central Neighborhood Association
- South East Neighborhood Association
- South Gateway Neighborhood Association
- South West Neighborhood Association
- Sunnyslope Neighborhood Association