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Last Updated: 2017-01-06

Leaf Collection

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Throughout December and January, DPW will host Neighborhood Leaf Clean-up events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in neighborhoods that traditionally have a high volume of leaves. During the events residents can dispose of up to 20 bags of leaves. The leaves must be bagged and ready for removal when City trucks arrive. The dates and locations are as follows: Grounds Management

  • December 3:     Stony Point, Woodland Heights and Windsor
  • December 10:   Westover Hills and Forest Hill Terrace
  • December 17:   Worthington Farms and Woodhaven
  • January 7:         Bellevue and Laburnum Park
  • January 14:       Ginter Park and Washington Park

During the events and during a neighborhood’s vacuum collection residents can dispose of up to 20 bags of leaves. The leaves must be bagged and ready for removal when City trucks arrive. The remainder of the year six bags will be removed on regularly schedule solid waste collection days.

To make it more convenient and efficient for residents and for our crews, the 15 vacuum collection zones we service have been divided into subzones, which are smaller in area and more defined. Take a look at the schedule below to locate the collection dates in your subzone.

Zones and sub-zones maps

ZONE 1: Bellevue | Ginter Park | Washington Park
A. Bellevue 01/17 | 01/21
B. Rosedale 01/23 | 01/24
C. Laburnum Court 01/25 | 01/26
D. Sherwood Park | VUU 01/27 | 01/28
E. Washington Park 01/30 | 01/31
F. Edgewood 02/01 | 02/03
ZONE 2: Westover Hills | Forest Hill | Woodland Heights
A. Woodland Heights |
B. Swansboro West |
C. Reedy Creek |
D. Forest Hill Park | Terrace 01/12 | 01/17
E. Westover Hills 01/18 | 01/20
ZONE 3: Maymont | Byrd Park | Oregon Hill | Carillon
A. Oregon Hill |
B. Randolph |
C. Maymont |
D. Byrd Park |
E. Stadium 01/17 | 01/19
F. Carrillon 01/20 | 01/24
ZONE 4: Stony Point
A. Cherokee Road West 12/05 | 01/13
B. Fisher Area 12/12 | 01/18
C. Hobby Hill 12/19 | 01/21
ZONE 5: Windsor Farms | Univ. of Richmond | Far West End
A. U of R | CCVA |
B. Westhampton | Stonewall | Colonial |
C. Willow Lawn | Sauer | Malvern 12/07 | 01/13
D. Wilton | Windsor Farms |
ZONE 6: The Fan District |
ZONE 7: The Museum District |
ZONE 8: Broad Rock | Brookbury
A. Broad Rock | Old South 01/17 | 01/20
B. Piney Knolls | South Garden 01/23 | 01/26
C. Southwood | McGuire | Hickory | Broad Rock 01/27 | 01/31
D. Fawnbrook | Brookhaven 02/01 | 02/03
E. Brookbury | Belmont Woods 02/06 | 02/08
F. Cottrell | Walmsley 02/09 | 02/14
G. Cofer | Cullenwood | Cherry Gardens 02/15 | 02/17
ZONE 9: Church Hill | Fulton
A. Fulton 01/17 | 01/23
B. Chimborazo | Oakwood 01/24 | 01/25
C. Church Hill Central 01/30 | 02/02
D. Eastview | Fairfield | Woodville 02/06 | 02/08
E. Whitcomb | Mosby 02/09 | 02/14
ZONE 10: Worthington Farms
A. Woodhaven | Green Acres 01/23 | 01/27
B. Worthington | Swanson | Pocoshock 01/30 | 02/03
ZONE 11: Northside | Highland Park
A. Ginter Park Terrace | Providence Park 01/30 | 01/31
B. North Highland Park 02/01 | 02/03
C. Chestnut Hill 02/06 | 02/08
D. Battery Park | Hotchkiss | Gilpin 02/09 | 02/14
ZONE 12: Westover Gardens
A. Powhite Park | Westlake Hills | Cedarhurst 02/16 | 02/22
B. Hioaks | Midlothian 02/23 | 02/27
C. Westover | Forest View 02/28 | 03/07
ZONE 13: Bellemeade
A. Manchester | Blackwell | Oak Grove 02/20 | 02/24
B. Hillside | Bellemeade | Davee Gardens 02/23 | 02/27
C. Davee Gardens | Jefferson Davis 02/28 | 03/07
ZONE 14: Stratford Hills | Willow Oaks
A. Stratford Hills North 01/23 | 02/01
B. Stratford Hills South 02/02 | 02/09
C. Oxford | Chippenham | Forest 02/10 | 02/17
ZONE 15: Newtowne | Carver | Jackson Ward
A. Scotts Addition 12/19 | 01/20
B. Newtowne | Carver 01/23 | 01/25
C. Jackson Ward | MCV 01/26 | 01/28
D. Downtown | Financial District 01/30 | 01/31

City residents also may dispose of leaves by taking them to these locations: East Richmond Road Convenience Center at 3800 East Richmond Road and the Maury Street Landfill at 2900 Maury Street.

Vacuum leaf collection may be cancelled and rescheduled during inclement weather. The vacuum schedule also is available at 646-LEAF (646-5323).

Grounds Management
Grounds Management
Grounds Management

Vacuum Leaf Collection Guidelines for the Fall Program

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.
    (These items will prevent crews from collecting your piles)
  • Up to 20 bags of leaves will be collected during your vacuum cycle and up to six bags on your trash collection day year around.

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.

Residential Street Cleaning

The 2017 residential street cleaning schedule will be posted in April.

picture of a street sweeper

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.


Effective immediately DPW Street Cleaning and Vacuum Leaf Program services do not accept requests to not tow disabled cars.

If your vehicle is disabled and parked on the street, you need to contact the Richmond Police Department at (804)646-1343. Please keep in mind disabled vehicles should not be parked on City of Richmond streets during street cleaning or vacuum leaf collection. Once signage is posted, all vehicles, even those that are disabled, must be moved before street cleaning so as to not receive a parking ticket and towing fees.

To Retrieve your vehicle contact:
   Siebert's Towing
   642 W. Southside Plaza
   Richmond, VA 23224
   Phone: (804)233-5757

With the exception of the downtown Central Business District, the Richmond Police Department issues parking violations and tows cars. DPW Street Cleaning posts the no parking signs at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled service. The Police will not tow if the signs are not in compliance. The Department of Public Works Street Cleaning Division cannot authorize parking ticket refunds or towing fee refunds.

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