Rockville’s Leaf Collection
Each year, the city of Rockville vacuums leaves for residents during the fall and spring. The Department of Public Works provides two pick-ups in each area during a 10-week period for residents between mid-October and December.
Fall leaf collection is set to begin the week of October 15 in Area 5, which includes neighborhoods located in the center south section of the city. The areas and pick up dates are shown on the map on the City’s website at: www.rockvillemd.gov/residents/leaf.htm.
Residents should rake leaves to the curb or just next to the pavement if no curb exists. Leaves can be raked any time before collection. Doing so just before collection will help reduce the accumulation of leaves near and on the streets, which can lead to fire hazards or grass being damaged if left too long.
Limbs, rocks and other heavy objects should be removed from leaf piles, and leaves should not be placed in plastic bags. Residents who prefer to bag their leaves may place the leaves in biodegradable paper bags and place them at the curb for collection on their regular weekly yard waste collection day. This collection occurs year round.
Place leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on the collection dates.
Rockville officials also encourage alternative methods for getting rid of leaves to save collection and disposal costs and to help the environment. Some alternatives are to mulch leaves or to compost them.