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2019-2020 Leaf Season

The start of the 2019-2020 Leaf Season brings with it some changes and updates to the City of Charlottesville's curbside leaf collection service. Please see below for this year's guidelines, schedules, and tips for staying up-to-date.

Leaf Collection Announcement


For the 2019-2020 Leaf Season, the City will offer residents curbside collection for loose leaves only. There will also be a drop-off option available for residents who wish to collect their leaves otherwise.

Only leaves will be collected - no brush, sticks, yard waste, or other items will be accepted. The collected leaves are taken to a local farm for organics recycling where they are turned into compost that is used by area residents, farms, and landscaping companies. 

Loose Leaf Curbside Collection

Residents may rake their leaves to the curb for the City to collect up to three times per season. Loose leaves will be vacuumed into a truck for collection and transport. Multiple crews will be working around the City, zone by zone, on a rolling basis according to the zone schedule.

Please Note:

  • Rake leaves to the curb as close to the first day of collection for your zone (and no more than 3 days earlier).
  • Have leaves ready and at the curb before 7:00AM on the first service day for your zone.
  • Loose leaves should be placed at the street edge where possible.
  • Do not park any vehicles on top of leaves. This can prevent the leaves from being accessed for collection and poses a fire hazard. 

Examples of Where to Place Your Leaves at the Curbside:   

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When placing your leaves for pick-up:

  • Do not block storm drains or fire hydrants.
  • Do no block vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian travel ways.
  • Do not block curb ramps or crosswalks.
  • Be mindful of your neighbors and the traveling public.


Not Sure Where to Put Your Leaves?  
Call our hotline at 434-970-3830 with questions, or snap a picture and send us a Tweet @CvillePW with your question.


SIGN UP FOR TEXT ALERTSLeaf Collection Text Alerts

This year, the City is piloting a text alert system to send schedule reminders to residents. Residents can review the collection dates for their homes and choose to "opt in" to receive a reminder text the week prior to leaf collection for their address.

Check out the screenshots below for a look at how the text-alert system works.





This example shows subscribing for leaf collection schedule updates for our Public Works Administration building located at 305 4th Street NW. Just text your street address to 434-771-0251, it's that easy!


 *Message and data rates may apply



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Each area of the City will receive curbside loose leaf collection three times during the 2019-20 Leaf Season. A few streets will be collected on a weekly basis due to a higher volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and space constraints. See the Street-by-Street Index Map for more details:

LEAVES 2019 With Weekly Routes



Call our hotline at 434-970-3830 with questions, or snap a picture and send us a Tweet @CvillePW with your question.



Leaf Drop-Off Option

Leaf Collection Drop-Off (1)

A leaf drop-off location will be operated at 1505 Avon Street Extended. Signage will be up on Saturdays to help with navigation.

City residents only (no contractors or commercial); residents must place the leaves into a dumpster; no bags or containers accepted; residents would have to de-bag the leaves themselves onsite; Saturdays, 8am-1pm during Leaf Season (October 28th - January 31st).


For more information, call (434) 970-3830 or email.