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. Mechanical collection and bagged drop off services are provided. Please note that ONLY leaves are accepted in this program. Yard waste - such as brush and tree limbs - is not accepted.
The 2016 Leaf Collection and Recycling Program will begin Monday, November 7, and will end Saturday, December 17.
Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered city-wide on Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM (with the exception of the Saturday following Thanksgiving). The first Saturday is November 19.
Mechanical Leaf Collection will be offered on a designated weekly schedule in areas with a heavy concentration of leaves. The service is offered on a designated weekly schedule.
The program changes have helped to increase the amount of leaves recycled while reducing mechanical and fuel resources required for collection. There has been a significant increase in leaf tonnage with the inclusion of the 23 locations for dropping of bagged leaves.
Only leaves only are accepted in the program. Yard waste - such as brush and tree limbs - is not accepted.
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.
Brown paper bags are available at major home improvement stores.
No collection will occur on a City holiday.
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.
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.
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 23 designated city-wide locations during the six-week program.
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.
Michael A. Carroll P.E.
Philadelphia Streets Department
MSB - 1401 JFK Blvd. - Suite 730
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Yes. Residents can drop off an unlimited amount of bags to any of the six Sanitation Convenience Centers during the operating hours of Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The locations are:
Please note that ONLY leaves are accepted in this program. Yard waste - such as brush and tree limbs - is not accepted.
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.
The leaves are brought to Fairmount Park for composting. Interested residents should contact Fairmount Park at 215-685-0115 to inquire about any of their current programs.
Citizens will be notified about the program in through various means of communication:
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