Leaf Collection

Initial Leaf Collection
Beginning the first week of November and running through the week of Thanksgiving, city leaf collection efforts are concentrated on areas with a high volume of trees/leaves and areas with limited frontage to accommodate high leaf volumes.

Citywide Leaf Collection begins the first Monday after Thanksgiving
The citywide leaf collection effort begins in Area 1 on the first Monday after Thanksgiving and progresses through all nine areas until complete. 

Possible Delays
Leaf collection is dependent on weather conditions; we are unable to collect leaves during rain or snow conditions; wet, soggy or frozen leaves can slow down the collection process. Leaf collection is expected to start on November 28th and run through December 22, 2022 if weather conditions allow.

Safety and Environmental Stewardship
While leaf collection is enjoyed as a service to our citizens, the primary purpose of collection is to reduce travel and storm hazards by limiting slick leaves in the street and accumulated leaves in the storm system's inlets and pipes. Additionally, limiting leaves entering our storm system benefits the health of the South River by reducing Nutrient Loading. We appreciate efforts to keep leaves out of the street and storm system and the assistance that effort provides in meeting these goals.

Protecting Grass
Grass is dormant at this time of year and should remain undamaged by these temporary piles. In addition, the potential safety and drainage problems caused by raking leaves into the street far outweigh the benefits of protecting the grass at the front edge of your property. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

All leaves collected are used for composting.

Leaf Collection Guidelines
Please rake leaves to the edge of your property, adjacent to the street but avoid gutters and storm drains. Due to the size of leaf collection equipment, leaves cannot be picked up from alleys.

Please do not rake leaves into the street. Leaves in street can cause serious safety, drainage and ecological problems such as slick pavement, danger to children playing in leaf piles, blocked storm sewers and excess nutrients in the South River if leaves drain in through storm sewers.

Please do not block sidewalks with raked leaves.

Please do not mix trash, limbs or cut grass with leaves. Mixing creates a problem for the leaf vacuum and poses hidden dangers for workers, as well as pedestrians.

Citizens who prefer to bag their leaves instead of raking to the front curb may do so by following bulk collection guidelines or by adding two additional bags per week to regular refuse collection.

All fallen leaves in areas 1 -5 should be placed out prior to November 30th and areas 6 - 9 should be placed out prior to December 14th.

Should you have any questions please contact Public Works Operations at (540) 942-6743. You can also check our recorded hotline for area collection updates at (540) 932-8240.



Bagged Leaves

If you prefer to bag leaves, please schedule a Knuckle Boom collection:

  • In person at Public Works Operations located at 900 Essex Avenue;

  • By calling the Refuse Administration Division at (540) 942-6764;

  • By faxing an Bulk Collection request to (540) 942-6769;

  • By requesting a collection online at: 


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Leaf Map

Leaf Collection Hotline

Find out which area is being collected.
  • (540) 932-8240

Area Divisions

Area Includes:


Jefferson, Woodrow & Washington Aves; Club Court, River Shores & Oak Hill

Brandon Farms, Brandon Ladd, Fairway Hills
Rosser Ave. to Lew Dewitt Blvd.
Virginia Village, Jefferson Park, Stratford Farms
Wayne Hills
Locust Ave. to Rosser Ave.
Arch Ave. to Pine Ave.
East portion of Basic City
(east South River / north of CSX Railroad)
Dupont Blvd; S. Bayard Blvd. & S. Delphine Aves.