Published on: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 News Alert

Leaf Collection Continues Through December 15- Heavy Traffic Routes (Piney Branch Rd., Flower, Carroll, Ethan Allen, and Philadelphia Aves) Begin This Week


This year’s vacuum leaf collection program will occur between November 13 and December 15.

Collection Routes With Assigned Collection Dates
Five streets receive collection on scheduled dates due to heavy traffic:

  • Carroll (7000 to 7800 block), Ethan Allen, and Philadelphia Aves.: Saturday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Dec 11.
  • Piney Branch Rd. and Flower Ave. (7900 to 8600 blocks):
    Will receive collection on Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Dec. 9.


Loose leaves raked to the curb are collected via vacuum trucks. These leaves are taken to the Public Works yard, where they are ground into small pieces. This leaf mulch is then available for residents through self-pick-up or delivery for a fee.

While the city does provide leaf collection, we strongly encourage residents to consider alternatives, including mulching or composting all or most of the leaves and keeping them in their yards.  Leaves can also be bagged in paper bags and collected throughout the year in the Monday yard waste collection.

This year’s collection will divide the city into five zones with one leaf collection crew per zone. Most streets receive collection randomly throughout the collection period as crews pass through their zones. The program will cover every street at least twice during the collection period and usually more often.

Important Guidelines for leaf collection:
• Place leaves into a pile just behind the curb

• Do not rake leaves into the street as the leaves can create traffic hazards

• Do not include branches, brush, vines, rocks or debris. These items can damage equipment and delay collection

• Do not pile leaves near storm drain inlets. Leaves can block the drains and cause flooding

• Do not park your car in front of a leaf pile during the work day Leaf Collection Hotline


The Leaf Collection Hotline will be available at 301 891-7626 for residents to report when their leaf pile is at the curb. Every household will receive a leaf collection notice in the mail, and more information is on the city website.