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Last Updated: 2019-10-01


Bagged Leaf Collection Begins October 1.   Vacuum Service Begins November 1.


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Frequently Asked Questions


  When does the Leaf Collection Program start?



  Bagged collection options begin October 1. Vacuum service begins November 1.


  What type of bags should be used?



  Preferably biodegradable/compostable plastic bags to keep the leaves and bags
  out of landfills, though all types of bags will be collected.


  Will the city provide bags for residents?



  Periodically there will be bag giveaways, on a first-come first-served basis, in
  which residents will be given up to five (5) biodegradable plastic bags to promote
  environmentally responsible leaf disposal; However, outside of those events,
  residents will be responsible for purchasing bags. Bag distribution locations will be


  How many bags will be collected and when?



  Up to 10 bags will be collected on your trash day, weekly; However, there is
  unlimited bag collection by sector during sector collection dates (see map). On these
  collection days, residents can place as many bags as they like for pick up.


  Where should residents place bagged leaves for collection?



  Place them near your supercan, or where your normal trash collection is located,
  even if it's in an alley.


  What if there are so many bags it blocks the alley?



  It is unlawful to block the alley, sidewalk or thoroughfare, so be mindful that the
  number of bags that are put out are in adherence to this law.


  Will elderly or residents with disabilities receive assistance with leaf removal?



  Residents who are physically unable to bag their leaves should go to
  or contact the city's Neighbor-to-Neighbor team at 804-646-6528 to determine
  if they qualify for assistance.


  Where can residents dispose of leaves themselves?



  •   East Richmond Landfill at 3800 East Richmond Road, Richmond, VA 23223
      - Accepts only loose leaves or leaves in biodegradable bags (like paper)
  •   Maury Street Landfill at 2900 Maury Street, Richmond, VA 23224
      - Accepts only loose leaves or leaves in biodegradable bags (like paper)
  •   Transfer Station at 3506 North Hopkins Road, Richmond VA 23224
      - Accepts ALL bagged leaves


  How do you pay for vacuum collection?




  The vacuum collection component of the program starts November 1. Residents         RVA 311 - Your New One-Stop Shop for Citizen Requests!
  should go to and click on the RVA311 icon to make a
  request for vacuum leaf collection. Please note: the $30 payment is per vacuum
  request. Vacuum service will be scheduled 15 days from the date of the request.
  Make sure leaves are raked to the curb or property line, but not into the street           click here RVA311
  or gutter. Remove sticks, stones or other objects that may damage equipment.

  Payment options: RVA 311 is APP Store ready! - Your New One-Stop Shop for Citizen Requests!
  1) Request service online with or by using the RVA311 mobile app
      from your mobile device and select your payment option (including attaching
      payment to your utility bill)

  2) After service request is made, send $30 check* or money order*
      (made payable to City of Richmond) and mail to:

      Richmond Department of Public Works
      Attention: Vacuum Leaf Program
      900 East Broad Street, Suite 704
      Richmond, VA 23219

  3) Pay in person at the Department of Public Works ( see address in #2 above)

      *Please include the Service ID # on your payment. You will receive this # when
        requesting service through


  How can I get additional information?



  For more details, residents can:
  Visit the City's website
  Email :
  For Schedule Information Call 3-1-1

Backyard Composting

Though not a city service, DPW does advocate backyard composting as the most efficient and environmentally sound leaf disposal option.  Contact the Clean City Commission for details.

Contact Information:

Dept of Public Works
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Hours: Monday -Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
or (804)646-7000


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