Community & Environment

Autumn leaves city with colourful clean-up

Hamilton’s spectacular autumn leaf fall is in full flight, with around 400 tonnes of fallen leaves expected to be collected over the busy coming months.

The Council has sweeper trucks and teams of staff collecting the leaves so they don’t block drains and cause flooding, and to make sure footpaths aren’t slippery for those walking and biking.

The Council focuses on known leaf fall hotspot areas, which are checked at least twice a week and swept as needed. Teams also blow leaves on to the road edge for collection at a later time, and clear catchpit grates ahead of or after rain.

Residents in high leaf fall areas are asked to keep cars off the road for the leaf sweepers, and if safe and comfortable to do so, to clear leaves from the top of catchpits and leave them on the grass for collection. Residents are asked to dispose of leaves from their own property.

If a catchpit is blocked or leaves are an issue people can contact the Council’s Customer Service team on ph 838 6699 or email for non-urgent requests.

The leaves are taken to the Hamilton Organic Centre for composting.

For further information and to view a map of leaf fall hotspot streets visit

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