Leaf fall collection
Annual Leaf Fall Collection
Our annual leaf collection service begins Monday 1 May for parts of Te Awamutu, Cambridge and Kihikihi.
Autumn is a beautiful time of the year with the town’s street trees showing off their red and gold leaves. However, it also means that large amounts of falling leaves from these trees can create debris in the front yard of the adjacent homes. Therefore, each year Council undertakes a leaf fall collection between May and July in designated streets of Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi for those properties affected by the fallen leaves. The leaf collection is carried out by Council’s street cleaning contractor Eco Maintenance Ltd.
How to get the leaves picked up from your property
Place the fallen leaves in a heaped pile on the grass berm in front of your property close to the kerb two days before collection. Please ensure that you remove any sticks, branches, flax and cabbage tree leaves from your leaf pile as these will affect the operation of the machinery and cause delays or breakdowns.
DO NOT sweep leaves into the streets and stormwater channels as the leaves will clog the drains and cause puddles, flooding and a big mess. Plus it creates hazards for people driving and biking.
Note: this service is for autumn leaf fall produced by large street trees in designated areas. If your leaf pile contains general garden waste, pruning, lawn clippings or other unwanted items, it will not be collected.
Remember that burning leaves on your property can be unpleasant and inconvenient for neighbours, as well as a violation of bylaws. Read more on our fire permits page.
Leaf Collection Map
Autumn is a very busy time for our leaf collectors who will be out every day with vacuum trucks and blowers to clear the leaves from the berms and kerb and channels; so we need your help to please be patient as they work hard to collect and dispose of the huge volumes of fallen leaves from our streets - and of course we appreciate your cooperation in helping keep our streets tidy.
You can download a copy of the leaf collection maps for each town, which are colour coded to show the scheduled collection days for the designated streets.
Wet weather can affect the leaf collection and cause delays. When the leaves are soggy and heavy, they are harder to pick up and take longer to dispose of due to the amount of water that is collected in the load. When this occurs, we will ensure the leaf collection is carried out as soon as it is possible do so again.