Leaf pick-up now easier for Jackson residents

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – It’s been a confusing go for leaf pick-up services in the city of Jackson. Residents once could sweep their leaves into the streets and then more recently they had to haul their yard waste to city drop-off locations. But now the city has a whole new plan for this fall.

Now residents have to rake and bag the leaves on their property.

Then city workers will pick them up and take them away.

Residents say it’s probably the best plan for the money.

From lawsuits over the storm water fee to the city eliminating leaf pickup entirely, the city of Jackson hasn’t had the easiest time trying to come up with a legal and affordable way to pick up leaves.

But now a whole new plan might be the answer they’ve been looking for.

“They’ll have that opportunity for a month and a half on Fridays and Saturdays to pick up bags for their leaves and over the course of the two and a half months from October 17 through early December we’ll be doing leaf pickup in four different quadrants of the city,” said will Forgrave, public information officer.

Some residents are still weary of the city’s plan. John Downing says he’s still using a private company to pick up the slack before city services start October 9 and he’ll use the private company to pick up the extra leaves if he goes over the allotted amount the city will take.

“Given the funding they have right now it’s probably as good as it’s going to get this year, so you live with it,” said John Downing, Jackson.

But the city’s plan, which will cost roughly $150,000 out of the general fund costs much less than the nearly $1 million the storm water fee collected annually before it was ruled illegal in 2013.

“So I know change is tough for people no doubt, but I think it’s change in the right direction and I think after this first season people will understand how it works a little better and it’ll run smoother every year,” Forgrave.

The city is having a series of meetings on this topic starting October 5.

They say all questions are welcome.

If you’d like to attend one of those meetings, there are four to attend.

Jackson neighborhood meetings on bagged leaf pick-up services:

  • Monday, Oct. 5, at the Boos Recreation Center, 210 Gilbert St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the King Recreation Center, 1107 Adrian St.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Queens School, 811 S. Wisner St.
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus St.

Jackson bagged leaf pick up service information:


Beginning Saturday, October 17, 2015, the City of Jackson has contracted with United Waste to pick up bagged leaves curbside for this year’s Leaf Pickup Program.

Bagged leaves (Printed with City Seal) must be placed curbside on collection day by 6:00 am.

Curbside Pickup: Schedule for Contractor Pickup Bagged Leaves:

The contractor will be picking up bagged leaves (Bags with City Seal only) starting at

6:00 a.m. on the following Saturday’s:

First Round, Saturday Pickup 6 a.m.:

Oct. 17                  SE  Section

Oct. 24                  NW Section

Oct. 31                  SW Section

Nov. 7                   NE Section                       

Second Round, Saturday Pickup 6 a.m.:

Nov. 14 SE  Section

Nov. 21 NW Section

Dec.   5  SW Section

Dec. 12 NE Section

Bags Are Available For Pickup at Public Works (Printed with City Seal):

City residents, with proper identification, are able to pick up leaf bags (30 gallon bags) at the Public Works Building located at 521 Water Street on the following dates and time:

Friday:  12 – 4 p.m.                        

Oct. 9      

Oct. 16

Oct. 23

Oct. 30

Nov. 6

Nov. 13

Nov. 20

Dec. 4

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Oct. 10

Oct. 17

Oct. 24

Oct. 31  

Nov. 7    

Nov. 14

Nov. 21


Leaf Drop-Off: If you wish, leaf drop off will be available during the week at Public Works (521 Water Street) for loose leaves:

Monday – Friday:             Oct. 19th through Nov. 20th (excluding Nov. 11th)                8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday:                         Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21st                               8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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