Richmond VA > Public Works > Leaf Collection

Last Updated: 2018-05-14

Requests for Vacuum Leaf Collection service will no longer be processed after March 2, 2018. DPW will continue to collect up to 10 bags of leaves on your trash collection day year around.

Q & A

Leaf Bag

  • Q: What type of bags should be used
  • A: Preferably biodegradable/compostable plastic bags to keep the leaves and bags out of landfills, though all types of bags will be collected

  • Q: Will the city provide bags for residents
  • A: Periodically there will be bag giveaways in which residents will be given up to 10 biodegradable plastic bags; however, outside of those events, residents will be responsible for purchasing bags.

  • Q: Where should residents place bagged leaves for collection
  • A: Place them near your supercan, even if it’s in an alley

  • Q: What if there are so many bags it blocks the alley
  • A: It is unlawful to block the alley, sidewalk or thoroughfare, so do not put out a number of bags that will do so at any given time

  • Q: How many bags will be collected and when
  • A: Up to 10 bags will be collected on you trash day weekly

  • Q: Will elderly and disabled residents be able to receive assistance with leaf removal
  • A: Yes, through the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Leaf Brigade program. Watch this video for more information:

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  • Q: Is it illegal to not remove leaves
  • A: Yes, it is a class 3 misdemeanor. Learn more about Unlawful Accumulation here.

  • 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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