Public Works Crews will begin picking up leaves curbside in various areas throughout the city starting Monday, October 16, 2017. Loose leaves will not be picked up before the starting date.Please do not put grass clippings, branches, brush or any other debris under or in the loose leaf piles. This will cause damage to the equipment.The curbside collection crew may be delayed at times due to various reasons: weather conditions, equipment and personnel availability, emergencies.If leaves are not raked into curb when the equipment moves through a block, the truck will not back track, however, crews will make periodic return trips through your neighborhood. There is not a set schedule or pattern for the curbside loose leaf collection crew that will be in your area daily. The areas are slated for curbside leaf collection: 18th Ward -South of Penn-Center City areas, Northeast-Hampden Heights areas, Hessian Camp-East Reading areas, Northwest area, Northmont-Riverdale-Glenside areas.**Leaf Bag Collection 2017**The leaf bag collection schedule is as follows:*Northeast areas – Monday’s**Center City, East Reading, 18th ward, South of Penn areas – Tuesday’s**Northwest, Northmont, Riverdale, Glenside areas – Wednesday’s*The city crews will continue to provide service for bagged leaves on your normal yard waste collection day. All leaves that are bagged must be in bio-degradable paper bags. NO PLASTIC BAGS WILL BE ACCEPTEDThe last scheduled day for leaf collection will be Friday, December 8, 2017. This ending date is subject to change if the leaves should fall later than expected. After this date, the equipment will be converted over for winter weather operations.For daily progress reports or bagged leaf pick up schedule information, please call the Streets Division at 610-655-6285.