Leaf season is here! With the chilly weather, the leaves are falling. With increased debris at the curb, there is a potential for a delay in service. The Solid Waste Division will work through the week to keep up with collection. We appreciate your patience during this busy time. 

The Division would like to give a few tips on managing this increased volume: 

  • Separate bulk trash from leaves and grass clippings. 
    • Bulk trash is sent to the landfill, while leaves and grass clippings are sent to the City’s compost facility. 
  • Place your bags or piles at the curb by 7:30 a.m. Collection delays are subject to happen, but please make sure everything is at the curb on your scheduled pickup day. 
  • Remove dirt, stones, litter and other debris from your leaves. This helps prevent equipment damage and worker injuries.
  • Placeonly leaves and grass clippings in the biodegradable paper leaf bags. Bagging is not required, but helpful!
  • Don’t use plastic bags. Clean yard debris is taken to the City’s compost facility. 
  • Pile your leaves away from storm drains, water meter covers, low wires and parked cars.
  • Never park your car on leaf piles — it’s a fire hazard.

Try composting or mulching! Leaves are a precious free resource that can be used to improve garden soil. As leaves fall on the ground, they create a layer of mulch that helps retain moisture and slowly decompose and feed the soil. Composting at home is an easy way to take advantage of the environment's natural recycling process, which creates valuable organic supplements, and can be done right in your own backyard.

The Solid Waste and Recycling Division provides collection and disposal within the corporate city limits for garbage, recycling and yard waste. The division also provides services for special events such as St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Five Points, the Greek Festival, Famously Hot New Year and neighborhood clean-ups.