Leaf Collection begins on the first Monday in November and ends in mid-January. There is no leaf collection on Veterans Day, nor during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Leaf collection is also dependent on weather conditions as heavy, wet leaves can damage the machinery.
During the rest of the year, leaves can be placed curbside in paper yard waste bags on Monday mornings to be picked up with the regular yard waste/compost service.
Weekly Leaf Collection Days
Each City address is scheduled to receive weekly leaf collection, with the exception of commercial and multi-family properties. The route maps are below, or you can look up your day by your address.
Residents can assist the leaf collection crews and help to expedite the vacuum collection process by following these simple guidelines:
- Please rake leaves by 7 AM on the scheduled collection day.
- Rake leaves to the grassy area between the sidewalk and curb, not into the street.
- Do not block sidewalks.
- Keep the leaves free of tree limbs, branches, rocks, and all other debris. These items can damage equipment and cause injuries.
- If at all possible, rake leaves to where no cars will park. The leaf vacuum hose cannot reach around cars.
- Keep storm drains clear of leaves. A blocked storm drain can cause ponding on the roadway and run-off from decaying leaves harms streams and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
- If you don’t get your leaves out for your leaf vacuum day, you can always bag your leaves in paper yard waste bags (no plastic bags) and put them out as yard waste.
Our vacuum equipment cannot enter some blocks when cars are parked in the street. We ask that the following blocks of streets be free of cars on leaf collection days between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. If cars are parked in the street at these times, our staff will be unable to collect leaves, and will return the following week. Failure to follow the Emergency No Parking restrictions on leaf collection days may result in the issuance of parking citations.
- 5800 block of 30th Avenue - odd side (Monday)
- 3100 block of Rosemary Lane (Friday)
What Happens to the Leaves?
The City brings the leaves to a facility that processes them into mulch, some of which is periodically made available at no charge to residents in our City's parks. While the facility is not the same one that processes yard waste, the outcomes are the same - organic material is returned to the earth.