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The Leaf Collection and Recycling Program is one of several services provided by the Streets Department to honor the City's on-going commitment to recycling. This recycling program helps to reduce the amount of materials that reach the waste stream and saves landfill space.  

What are the dates of the program? 

The 2015 Leaf Collection and Recycling Program will begin Monday, November 9, and will end Saturday, December 19.   

What do residents need to know?

Bagged Leaf Drop-Off

For the duration of the program, bagged leaf drop-off will be offered citywide, on Saturdays only starting November 21, 2015 at these 23 locations from 9 AM to 3 PM (with the exception of the Saturdays following Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving holidays). 

Click here to learn more and for a detailed list of drop-off locations

Mechanical Leaf Collection

Mechanical Leaf Collection will be offered on a designated weekly schedule in areas with a heavy concentration of leaves. 

Click here to learn more and for a detailed map of areas receiving mechanical collection


Fall Leaves Collection Frequently Asked Questions

Why are leaves being collected in biodegradable bags only?  

Brown paper bags are biodegradable, and can be processed for recycling along with the leaves. This reduces contamination in the recycling process, and allows for significant improvement in operational efficiency.

Where can I purchase biodegradable brown paper trash bags?  

Brown paper bags are available at major home improvement stores. 

What happens during weeks with City holidays?  

No collection will occur on a City holiday. 

Will rain affect the cleaning schedule?  

No. Except in cases of extreme weather conditions, bagged and mechanical collection will occur rain or shine. In the event of adverse weather conditions, residents are urged to watch for updates on television, radio, in local newspapers, or by calling 311 regarding any changes in the collection schedule.

What if I see collection crews in my area ahead of schedule?  

Residents should not be alarmed if any collection crews are in an area ahead of schedule. Crews will be working to eliminate problem spots when possible and will return on the scheduled collection day.  

Why isn’t my street part of the Leaf Collection route?  

Mechanical leaf collection boundaries were drawn to include certain geographical areas of the city based on the heavy concentration of leaves in those areas. Unfortunately, the drawing of the boundary lines sometimes separates people in the same neighborhoods. As an alternative, residents may participate in bagged leaf drop-off program at the 22 designated city-wide locations during the six-week program. 

How can I get my street included in the Leaf Collection route?  

Mechanical leaf collection resources are presently at capacity. No new boundaries are being included at this time. If citizens would like their block to be considered when resources become available, they are welcome to submit a written request to the Streets Commissioner.

David J. Perri, P.E.
Streets Commissioner
MSB - 1401 JFK Blvd. - Suite 730
Philadelphia, PA 19102

My area received mechanical leaf collection in previous years. Why isn’t my area included on this year’s schedule? or Why is my area being serviced less frequently than previous years?  

Sanitation managers re-evaluate the boundaries for mechanical leaf collection service each year, based on previous amounts of materials collected and available resources. Slight adjustments are made in order to provide the most efficient service while maximizing the available resources.

In previous years, residents could obtain free mulch from Fairmount Park during leaf collection season. Is this still available?  

Interested residents should contact Fairmount Park at 215-685-0115 to inquire about any of their current programs.

In previous years, residents were able to recycle their leaves through composting. Will there be any workshops this fall?  

There are no composting workshops scheduled this fall. Contact the Streets Department Recycling Office for composting information at 215-686-5504
How will citizens be notified about the details of the 2015 Leaf Collection Recycling Program?  

Citizens will be notified about the program in through various means of communication: