It's slowly snuck up on me without much notice. Somewhere between the excitement of the E-Scooter launch and the Boise State win over Colorado, I forgot that fall has officially arrived in the Treasure Valley. It hit me as I was taking my daughter Phoenyx and my 13-year-old Chihuahua Bella for a long walk outside. Like kids do, Phoenyx ran over to a big pile of collected pink leaves and proceeded to destroy it utterly. Bella joined in, and in an instant, someone's hard work was ruined, like leaves blowing in the wind.

If you have to deal with all these pesky leaves accumulating on your property, the city of Boise is starting a program called Curb It, which begins Oct 29th.

Here's how it works described from the City Of Boise Website:

Leaf Collection Process

  • To ensure leaves are collected efficiently during heavy leaf volume times, drivers will observe the following weekly collection schedule.
  • Compost cart and up to 3 paper leaf bags - collected with cart on your scheduled collection day
  • Compost cart and 4 – 10 paper leaf bags - generally collected within a day of set out
  • Compost cart and more than 10 bags - It may take several weeks to pick up depending on the number of bags set out. 10 bags per week will be collected.

Beginning Oct. 29, customers can also take paper leaf bags to several drop-off sites:

  • Elm Grove Park- 2200 Irene St. (open every day)
  • Cassia Park- 4600 Camas St. (open every day)
  • Boise Transfer Station - 4485 S Curtis Rd, Boise, ID 83705 (open Mon-Sat.)
  • Ada County Landfill (October 22nd to December 7th)-10030 Seaman’s Gulch Rd. Boise, ID (open Mon-Sat)
  • West Boise Water Renewal Facility – 12142 W. Joplin Rd. Boise, ID (Look for large blue container just off Joplin Rd.), (open every day)
  • Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park - 500 S. Walnut St. (dirt road at north end of park) (open every day)