Grab a rake or leaf blower!
The first round of leaf collection in Montgomery County has ended, and signs are being posted alerting neighborhoods of final collection dates beginning next week.
The county’s leaf vacuum district is roughly south of Bel Pre and Norbeck roads, east of I-270 and Interstate 495 and west of New Hampshire Avenue, to the District of Columbia line.
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The county posts red signs on utility poles in neighborhoods to alert residents of the final pickup date. (Green signs were posted before the first pickup.)
Tips for leaf collection
The following tips will make it easier for crews to collect leaves (failure to follow these tips could result in leaves no being collected):
- Rake leaves to the road or just next to the pavement if no curb exists or place leaves in paper yard waste bags. In the city, leaves in biodegradable paper bags should be placed curbside at 7 a.m. on the regular yard waste collection day. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
- Do not park near leaf piles.
- Do not pile leaves in the street.
- Removed sticks, limbs, rocks or other heavy objects from leaf piles.
- Raking leaves just before collection reduces leaves on the streets, fire hazards, clogged sewers and potential grass damage.
- Consider alternative methods for getting rid of leaves, including mulching or composting.
County crews have collected 39,281 cubic yards of leaves as of Thursday and are expected to collect more than 150,000 cubic yards of leaves total this season, according to the county’s website.