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    Leaf Collection

    Loose leaf collection begins October 29, 2018 and continues through January.

    NEW THIS YEAR: We're collecting leaves a little differently beginning Nov. 19!


    Public Works crews began this season’s leaf collection with a three-week sweep throughout the city on October 29. Once the city-wide sweep is complete, crews will begin leaf collection on a new schedule.

    NEW THIS SEASON: Two Week Collection Schedule in Each Ward

    Ward I - November 19 – November 30

    Ward IV - December 1 – December 11

    Ward III - December 12 – December 21

    Ward II - December 26 – January 4

    Please click here to find your Ward.

    Leaf Guidelines

    • This is a free service available in the fall, November through January or until all leaves are collected. No phone call is necessary.

    • Please rake leaf piles curbside being careful not to pile them in the street, near fire hydrants or next to trees. Leaf piles should be free of sticks and rocks. 

    • NOTE: Inclement weather can impact the dates above. We'll keep you posted of changes to the schedule if they occur.

    Other Options

    • If you choose to bag your leaves, the bagged leaves must be placed in Blue Pre-paid Trash Bags and then placed curbside with your trash on your regular collection day anytime during the year.

    • Save time and money...Compost Your Leaves. Leaves are an excellent source for compost.

    • Residents may take bagged (not in pre-paid blue trash bags) leaves directly to the Concord Turnipike Landfill free of charge (no weight limit).

    More About the New Collection Schedule

    Each fall, the City of Lynchburg conducts a citywide Leaf Collection Program to assist residents with the disposal of leaves. This year, in an effort to improve the leaf collection process, the Lynchburg Public Works department is piloting a new schedule for leaf collection. The pilot gives residents an idea when they can expect to have leaves collected in their ward. The new program is based on historical data and crew experience.

    “In the past we have conducted leaf collection on a city-wide basis,” said Public Work Director Gaynelle Hart. “That meant that we would deploy trucks in all wards during the same time period. Due to the difference in leaf volume and the size of the wards, it was difficult to keep up and citizens would be frustrated.

    The new pilot program will have all trucks in one ward at a time over a two week period. After the two week period, crews will move to the next ward. The wards were scheduled based on data from previous collections and the size of the ward.

    Mother Nature decides when the leaves fall each year—sometimes, the leaves drop all at once; other times the leaves drop early in the season and sometimes late in the season. Although every effort is made to collect leaves as quickly as possible, it may take longer for crews to complete a route during the period of heaviest leaf fall. 

    Residents are asked to remember that inclement weather could delay the schedule. Adverse weather such as heavy rain, cold weather or snow can disrupt collection efforts as well. Extremely cold weather can cause leaves to freeze in piles that must be broken up manually. Snowfall during leaf collection season requires the breakdown of leaf machines for use with snow removal equipment which is a time consuming task. The City’s leaf collection staff also performs snow removal; therefore, schedule delays can be expected when snow/ice storms are predicted.