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PORTLAND - City crews hit north Portland Monday as the first week of leaf pick-up begins. Crews will work seven days a week and 10-hour days into mid-December.

Already, nearly five tons of leaves have been collected.

Residents living in leaf program neighborhoods are asked to rake all of their yard leaves into the street the day before scheduled departure. Cars should be moved off the street to allow crews a clean curb to curb sweep.

A few neighborhoods are classified mandatory tow zones, meaning cars left on the street will be towed at the owners expense of nearly $200.

The program fee is $15 per collection.

Cheryl Kuck with the city says the cost to administer the program is more than $800,000 and the fee collection is roughly $530,000.

Those who opted out before November 1st, need to have their curb area leaf free on scheduled service days, or the city will charge for lack of compliance.

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