2018 Leaf Recycling program to begin Monday, Nov. 5

November 2, 2018

leavesThis fall, residents can again participate in the City’s Leaf Recycling program, which begins Monday, Nov. 5. The program is provided by the Streets Department and helps the City keep leaves out of the landfill. Here’s how you can participate in the program, which will run until Saturday, Dec. 15:

Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered city-wide on Saturdays (with the exception of Nov. 24) at 23 designated locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the duration of the program. Bagged leaves set out for pickup will be collected as trash. Leaf drop-off locations in West Philadelphia are the following: 

• 43rd St. & Powelton Ave.
• 54th & Woodbine Ave.
• 66th & Haverford Ave.
• 72nd & Buist Ave.

Bagged leaves will only be accepted in biodegradable paper bags that can be purchased at most hardware stores (bags are not provided by the Streets Department). Leaves set out curbside, either in bags or containers, will be collected as trash, not recycling.

Mechanical leaf collection will be provided as a supplement in areas with a heavy accumulation of leaves. The mechanical leaf collection operation will include leaf blowers, mechanical sweepers, and leaf loaders. Mechanical leaf collection crews will concentrate their efforts in designated boundaries each week.

In West Philadelphia, mechanical leaf collection will take place from Nov. 12 to Nov. 17 between 40th and 52nd Streets and between Spruce St. and Baltimore Ave. If you live in this area, you can find out when your block is scheduled for mechanical collection by entering your address here (scroll down to the “Trash and Recycling” section). All leaves should be raked and ready for collection by 7:00 a.m. the day of mechanical collection.

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