Where: Public city streets with established paved shoulders and established curbs. No private roads, alleys, or unincorporated Butte County roads.
Why: Prevents debris from entering storm drain systems, creeks and streams. Helps prevent localized flooding and keeps our streets and waterways clean and safe.
Every year, street sweeping helps keep our streets, storm drains, and waterways clean and safe by removing over 5,000 cubic yards of material from the roadway.
The City performs its street sweeping cycles as efficiently as possible. The sweeping routes have been developed based upon many factors; including current staff and equipment resources, curb/street mileage, dumping location, travel times, traffic patterns, trash collection days, etc. Deviation from the established routes causes major disruption of street sweeping in other areas of the City.
The City strives to perform a complete sweep to keep debris from entering the storm drain system and eventually waterways. To provide optimum service, the City is also asking for your cooperation in moving automobiles and other items into driveways and off the street or gutter on the days the street is swept. Just a reminder that containers and other items should never block sidewalks.
The City would also like to remind anyone performing landscape maintenance services that blowing and leaving landscape vegetation and lawn debris on a public street, gutter, or sidewalk is a violation of the Chico Municipal Code. These materials should be picked up and disposed of properly.
Street sweepers cannot collect large piles of leaves. As such, street sweeping is suspended during the leaf drop season. However, the City may modify the routes to sweep major arterial and collector streets during this time.
When: November through January. January 1st is the last day to place a new pile of leaves in the street. After January 1st, City crews will complete one last cycle through the entire City (which usually takes about the whole month of January to complete). There is no set day of the week for leaf pickup. Each cycle through the City can take 4-6 weeks.
Where: All public City streets, and “commercial drop zones” subject to City Code in the “more information” section below.
Why: Prevents debris from entering storm drain systems, creeks and streams. Helps prevent localized flooding and keep our waterways clean and safe.
This program collects and recycles all leaves for City residents during the fall and winter leaf pick-up season.
Unlike street sweeping, we do not establish a set day or date when we pick up leaves in any one part of the City, but cycle through the City in a clockwise pattern. We start in the southwest part of the city (west of Highway 99), proceed northward to the City limits, cross over Hwy. 99, head south to complete the cycle, and then repeat this process. Each cycle can take 4-6 weeks, depending upon the amount of leaves to collect. Due to heavy leaf drop, and all crew resources committed to leaf pickup, street sweeping is suspended from November through January.
Leaves should be piled on the shoulder a few feet away from the front of the property line. Place piles 1 foot away from the curb to allow storm water to drain. Do not block storm drain inlets, bike lanes, vehicle lanes, or driveways.
Section 8.12.120 C. entitled “Seasonal Leaf Pickup Program” of the Chico Municipal Code prohibits all property owners, managers, and landscapers servicing commercial or multifamily properties with 3 or more units from depositing leaves in the streets adjacent to these properties. For these properties, the City encourages the use of curbside yard waste containers, the City’s compost facility located at 4441 Cohasset Road, open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m, or commercial leaf drop-off locations.
When in full leaf-drop season, all of our available dump trucks, loaders and appropriate staff are dedicated to this program. The City utilizes loaders with a leaf claw attachment that picks up the leaves and places them in dump trucks modified with a large leaf box. Leaves are then taken to the City’s compost facility at 4441 Cohasset Rd, to be composted. Only leaves should be placed in the leaf pile, no branches, sticks, tree limbs, grass, trash, bags, etc.
For leaf pick-up information, please call the hotline at (530) 894-4205.