Richmond VA > Public Works > Street Sweeping & Leaf Collection

Last Updated: 2015-11-06

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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

With the exception of permanently signed streets, which are swept year around, residential street sweeping has ended for the year and will resume in late spring.

Leaf Collection

Leaf Collection

Vacuum collection for the 2015-2016 season begins November 30. There will be one cycle this season. The schedule is below. If you require bagged leaf collection, we will collect up to 25 bags on your trash collection day year around. During your neighborhood's vacuum cycle we will collect an unlimited number of bagged leaves.

Click here to view the vacuum leaf collection schedule.

Area> Dates>
Bellemeade 12/14 - 12/18
Bellevue | Ginter Park | Washington Park 11/30 - 12/11
Broad Rock | Brookbury 12/14 - 12/23
Church Hill | Fulton 01/04 - 01/15
Maymont | Byrd Park | Oregon Hill | Carillon 11/30 - 12/11
Museum District 12/07 - 12/11
Newtowne | Carver | Jackson Ward 11/30 - 12/04
North Side | Highland Park 11/30 - 12/11
Stony Point 12/28 - 02/05
Stratford Hills | Willow Oaks 01/04 - 01/29
The Fan | Shaffer 12/14 - 12/18
Westover Gardens 02/01 - 02/05
Westover Hills | Forest Hill | Woodland Heights 01/04 - 02/05
Windsor Farms | Univ. of Richmond | Far West End 12/14 - 12/31
Worthington Farms 01/18 - 01/29

Click here to view the vacuum leaf collection map.

Occasionally, during vacuum leaf collection season, you may see crews in your area ahead of your neighborhood’s collection schedule. That means they are just lightening up the amount of leaves. When it is your turn, they will post signage, then return during the scheduled vacuum dates.

Vacuum Leaf Collection Program Guidelines

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  • 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.


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 along with the leaves.
  • We'll pick up as many as 25 bags every week 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. If you want to dispose of your bagged or loose leaves yourself, you may take them to the following locations. Please note, however, that you must empty the leaves from the bags as we only accept bagged leaves for curbside pickup.

  • East Richmond Road Convenience Center
    3800 East Richmond Road at Jennie Scher Road Map It
    Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday; and 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturdays
    Telephone: (804) 646-4706

  • The "Powerline"
    8600 Huguenot Rd. at NW corner of Chippenham Parkway Map It
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday

  • Maury Street Landfill
    2900 Maury St. Map It
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday

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.


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.


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.

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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If you have any questions, please call the City’s Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000

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