Leaf collection in Mattoon will begin Monday (10/23) and conclude on December 15th. Leaves must be in 30-gallon paper yard waste bags. No Plastic Bags. Bags must be placed within ten feet of the curb of a public street by 7:00 a.m. to ensure pickup on your scheduled day. Anything placed after 7:00 a.m. may not be picked up until the following week. You can also drop of leaves at the yard waste facility on North Logan. It’s open seven days a week during daylight hours.