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Leaf Brigade

Leaf Brigade


Mayor Levar Stoney and city professionals have created a new initiative to help keep our city clean and improve public trash and leaf collection services. No longer will fallen leaves clutter city streets for months on end and contribute to clogging city sewer and drainage systems. Bagged leaves and bulk trash will be picked up consistently and reliably, collected every other week year-round on the same rotation with city recycling.

Due to the fact that many residents are physically unable to rake and/or bag their leaves, the city’s Office on Volunteerism, Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) – in partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW), community-based organizations, and residents – is asking volunteers to assist qualifying residents. This service will be offered to residents who have been approved as participants in DPW’s “Backdoor Service” program. These are residents who provide DPW with written letters from their physicians verifying that they have significant health and/or physical challenges that prevent them from putting supercans out for trash collection. You can review and download the Back Door Service Guidance here. Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis.

  • Eligible residences currently are those selected by the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) who also receive assistance with trash and recycling pickups due to their physicians’ verification of their physical limitations.

    If you are a resident who is NOT on the aforementioned DPW list but would like to be considered for leaf bagging by Leaf Brigade volunteers, you will have to (1) provide N2N with a letter from your physician verifying that your age, disability, and/or other health issue prevents you from bagging your leaves and (2) please complete the following N2N Leaf Brigade volunteer request form.

    If you do not have access to the internet, please call (804)646-LEAF. The Leaf Brigade service is not guaranteed to all applicants. Even if you qualify, you may be placed on a waiting list due to the numbers of applicants. [Note: as in previous years, residents are responsible for getting their leaves to front of their yards. The Leaf Brigade's focus in on bagging leaves, with minimal raking.]

  • If you would like to volunteer to join the Leaf Brigade and help qualified residents bag their leaves, please go to this link:

    Note: The Leaf Brigade service is not guaranteed to all applicants. Even if you qualify, you may be placed on a waiting list due to the numbers of applicants.

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