Richmond VA > Public Works > Street Sweeping & Leaf Collection

Last Updated: 2014-03-31

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The Department of Public Works sweeps and flushes the city's streets. We recognize the importance of this task, both to our customers and the environment.

Each year, as approximately 22,000 lane-miles of streets are swept, tons of debris are kept from entering the stormwater system and, subsequently, our local waterways. Due to the nature of our equipment, only streets with curbs and gutters are routinely swept. Following are some additional points to keep in mind about street sweeping:

  • Obstacles in the sweeper's path hinder its operation. Items such as refuse containers, bikes, portable basketball goals, and piles of yard debris should be moved during sweeping periods.

  • "No Parking" signs must be obeyed. Vehicles blocking the path of the sweepers will be towed.

  • The sweeping schedule may be affected by adverse weather, equipment failure, or other unforeseen events.

Residential Street Sweeping 2014

Route Area Date
1 Fulton/Church Hill 05/26 - 06/06 (H)
2 Church Hill 06/09 - 06/20
3 Highland Park 09/01 - 09/12 (H)
4 Northside/Ginter Park 08/18 - 08/29
5 Bellevue/Sherwood Park/Washington Park 08/04 - 08/15
6 Lower West End 05/12 - 05/23
7 Far West End 07/21 - 08/01
8 Bainbridge/Bellemeade/Davee Gardens 06/23 - 07/04 (H)
9 Woodland Heights/Swansboro/Westover Hills 07/07 - 07/18
10 Downtown/Carver/Newtowne/Millie Jones 04/14 - 04/18 (H)
11 The Fan 04/21 - 04/25
12 West of the Boulevard 05/05 - 05/09
13 Neighborhood Subdivisions 04/28 - 05/02

2013-2014 Leaf Collection Schedule

Vacuum leaf collection has resumed. Signs will be posted in neighborhoods at least 48 hours in advance. Please adhere to the signage to avoid vehicle towing and to have an indication of when to rake your leaves to the property line.

Vacuum Leaf Collection Program Guidelines

picture of men collecting leaves
  • Rake leaves to your property line.
  • Do not rake leaves into the street.
  • Leaves must be placed out for collection by the start date indicated for your route.
  • Keep leaf piles less than 2 feet in height.
  • Keep leaves away from ditches, pipes, and culverts.
  • NO DIRT, ROCKS, METAL OR BRANCHES. These items will prevent crews from collecting your piles.


Please remember, you don't have to use vacuum service or wait for your scheduled collection to get rid of your leaves. Just put your bagged leaves near the curb, preferably in biodegradable lawn and leaf bags. Here's why we recommend biodegradable bags.

  • They're more environmentally friendly and can be recycled, right along with the leaves.
  • We'll pick up as many as 25 bags every week all year on your regular trash collection day.
  • We'll pick up as many bags as you put near the curb during your leaf collection cycle.

Please understand, bad weather can adversely affect our leaf collection schedule. This includes not only rainy weather, but snow as well. We have to put our snow removal equipment on the same vehicles that collect the leaves.

Keep in mind, the city of Richmond strongly urges that you use bags.

If you want to dispose of your bagged or loose leaves yourself, you may take them to the following locations.

However, you must empty the leaves from the bags. We do not accept leaves inside bags at these locations.

  • East Richmond Road Convenience Center
    3800 East Richmond Road at Jennie Scher Road Map It
    Hours: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturdays
    Telephone: (804) 646-4706

  • The "Powerline" [closed for the season]
    8600 Huguenot Rd. at NW corner of Chippenham Parkway Map It
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

  • Maury Street Landfill
    2900 Maury St. Map It
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Backyard Composting

Though not an actual city service, we do advocate backyard composting as the most efficient and environmentally sound disposal option. Contact the Clean City Commission for details.

Special Collections

If you would like to request a vacuum collection outside of your neighborhood's posted schedule, you will need to call Customer Care at 3-1-1 (646-7000). The fee for this service is $75, which can be attached to your utility bill. It may take up to three days for the collection to take place.


Please understand, bad weather can adversely affect our leaf collection schedule. This means not only when it rains, but when it snows because we have to put our snow removal equipment on the same vehicles that pick up the leaves.

For up-to-date information or schedule changes, call our Leaf Hotline at (804)646-LEAF (5323). If you have questions, please call the city's Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or send an e-mail to Ask Public Works.

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