Leaf Collection

As of 2/6/23: The 2022-2023 leaf collection season has been completed. Please check back in the fall for updates on the new season.

Photo of a dog lying in a leaf pile

Take advantage of the two Leaf Collection Season options for disposing of fallen leaves (see below) offered every fall or use the City's yard waste collection service provided every Wednesday (March-January). 

Program Benefits

The leaf vacuum program helps keep our lakes, rivers, and streams healthy while keeping our community beautiful and safe. When large numbers of leaves enter the storm sewer, the nutrients from decaying leaves overwhelm and choke out aquatic life. The leaf vacuum truck program keeps leaves out of the street, reducing the number of leaves swept into the storm sewer and the likelihood of street flooding due to plugged drains. Keeping leaves out of the street also reduces the risks associated with kids playing in leaf piles.

Option 1: Curbside Vacuum Service

In addition to leaf collection on City property, Public Works will be collecting the community’s leaves curbside according to the guidelines below:

  1. Rake/blow leaves to the curb (or at least to your property line) but NOT in the gutter pan, on the street or on the sidewalk
  2. For removal by Public Works, place leaves out for collection by the start date indicated on the “No Parking” signs for your route.
  3. Keep leaf piles less than 2-3 feet in height.
  4. Keep leaves away from ditches, pipes, and culverts.
  5. Do not put materials such as DIRT, ROCKS, METAL, and BRANCHES in the piles; these items will prevent crews from collecting your leaves, as they can damage the vacuum.

Public Works utilizes a collection schedule that divides the city into seven areas beginning with the area that is anticipated to drop leaves first and heaviest. This year, the curbside leaf collection vacuum service will begin in both Area 1 and Area 2, followed by Areas 3 through 7 in order. Leaf collection is a process which can last up to three months. Public Works will get to every street at least twice during that time in above-mentioned order. Daily updates of where the collection is taking place and where crews will be going next will be posted at the top of this page.

Find your area #

Use our interactive online property search portal to find your area #. All you need to do is enter your property address.

Area Maps (PDFs)

Option 2: "Bag-n-Go"

You do not have to use the vacuum service to get rid of your leaves. Bagged leaves can be placed at the curb in biodegradable PAPER bags, laundry baskets, trash cans, or other containers less than 45 gallons on your normal yard waste collection days on Wednesdays. These types of bags can be found at Home Improvement/Lawn & Garden stores. We request biodegradable PAPER bags because they are environmentally friendly and can be recycled with leaves. 

For this option, there is no limit to the number of bags that will be collected curbside (the five-bag/container limit on Wednesdays is lifted during Leaf Collection Season).

Free Compost


When available, free leaf compost is provided for self-loading (as supplies last) for residents. Location: Jim Barnett Park gravel parking lot at the Cork/Bridgeforth entrance. Assistance with loading is not available. Check back for updates. Questions? Please contact Public Works at 540-773-1340.

Graphic map of the compost pile location