Fall Leaf Collection Program

For 2014:

Loose leaf collection will be provided by the City from November 17, 2014 through December 19, 2014. Residents can rake leaves to the curb at their convenience during the 5 week period. Most streets do not have an assigned collection day. The goal of the program is to collect leaf piles within 2 weeks of their appearance at the curb.  Leaf collection is dependent on the weather and rain or freezing conditions can slow collection.

There are five streets that receive collection days on scheduled days. These streets are State Highway routes and have a heavy volume of traffic.

Carroll Avenue, (7000 to 7800 block),
Ethan Allen Avenue,
Philadelphia Avenue,
Collection will take place Saturday, November 22, 2014 and Monday, December 15, 2014.

Piney Branch Road,
Flower Avenue (7900 to 8600 block),
Collection will take place Monday, November 24, 2014 and Saturday, December 13, 2014.

There will be no collection on the Thanksgiving holiday which is observed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 & 28. Also no other streets will receive collection on the dates when the posted streets are collected (November 22 and 24 and December 13 and 15).

During the collection in November, the crews will concentrate on picking up large piles of leaves. In December, when the crews are making the last collection on each street, they will thoroughly collect all remaining loose leaves from the gutter and grassy strip along the curb.

The Public Works Department welcomes your comments and suggestions about the service we are providing. Please contact Public Works by phone: (301) 891-7633.  You can also call the leaf collection hotline at (301) 891-7626 to notify us when your leaves have been raked out.  Our goal is to collect leaf piles reported on the hotline within 10 days of the call.

Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Rake leaves into a pile at the edge of the curb. Do Not rake leaves into the street. Leaf piles can create traffic hazards.
  2. Do Not park your car in front of a leaf pile and when raking please try to avoid piling leaves where cars are likely to be parked.
  3. The vacuum leaf collection is for leaves only. Do Not include branches, brush, vines, rocks or debris. These items can seriously damage equipment and delay collection.
  4. Do Not pile leaves near storm drain inlets. Leaves can block the drains and cause flooding problems.

The City also provides weekly Monday collection for bagged grass, leaves, branches and brush all year long. The Monday collection requires leaves and loose yard materials to be in paper bags, trash cans or stiff-sided containers. Plastic bags cannot be used for yard material because these items are composted and the plastic interferes with the composting process. Branches must be less than 4 feet long and less than 3 inches in diameter and tied into small bundles or stacked in a trash can. The Monday yard waste collection is cancelled when a holiday is observed on Monday.