City of Centralia announces leaf vacuuming schedule

CENTRALIA — Republic Services will start the leaf vacuuming service for City residents of Centralia as of Monday, October 19, 2015. The vacuuming service will last for a period of 8 weeks ending on December 11, 2015. The service will follow routes as established in August 2012 (see website at for map).

The usual landscape waste and limbs will continue to be collected every week in approved paper bags. The following are simple rules that we ask each resident to follow to make the process as smooth as possible:

1. Please rake your leaves to within four (4) feet of the curb but DO NOT place
leaves on the street or in the gutter as they will clog the storm drains. This is
typically the area between the sidewalk and the curb.
2. Please DO NOT place leaves behind or near obstacles such as mailboxes, trees,
hedges, fences, etc. If there are any obstacles preventing your leaves from being
picked up, they WILL NOT be picked up.
3. Please avoid parking vehicles in front of piles of leaves on the day that they are to
be collected. The vacuum trucks require a MINIMUM of forty five (45) feet of
curb access to safely operate. If a vehicle blocks access to the leaves, they WILL
NOT be picked up.
4. Please DO NOT mix trash, yard waste such as limbs, weeds, grass or any other
material with the leaves. Yard waste mixed with leaves causes safety concerns
and equipment malfunction. These items should be placed in approved paper
bags for weekly collection or bundled properly.

Leaf collection will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will end by 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Leaves MUST be ready for vacuum by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled day. If your leaves are not picked up on the regularly scheduled day (due to severe weather, equipment malfunction or a holiday) they will be picked up the following day or as soon as possible. Republic Services and the City of Centralia are committed to making this process successful and ensuring that a quality service is provided.

If you have any concerns, feel free to call Republic Services, Inc. refuse collection and hauling corporation at 800-631-1156, City Hall at 533-7622 or Centralia Public Works Dept at 533-7640.