The City of Richmond begins its annual vacuum leaf collection program on Monday, November 28. There will be one cycle. To better streamline the program’s operation, each vacuum collection zone has been divided into several sub-zones with their own collection dates. The smaller, more defined areas will make it easier for crews to incrementally complete the larger zones. The collection schedule is as follows:
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Residents are reminded when signs for vacuum collection are posted in the sub-zones to rake their leaves to the property line adjacent to the street, but not into the street or culvert. Dirt, rocks and debris must be removed from the leaf piles in order for vacuum service to be completed.
In addition to the new sub-zones, the Department of Public Works also is offering incentives to those who choose to bag their leaves. On Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. DPW will hold an event to provide City residents with biodegradable bags for leaf disposal. Each resident, upon showing proof of residency, will be given up to five bags.
The locations for the bag give-aways are:
• Parker Field: 2720 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220
• K-mart parking lot: 6807 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225
Throughout December and January, DPW will host Neighborhood Leaf Clean-up events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in neighborhoods that traditionally have a high volume of leaves. All types of bags will be collected, not just biodegradable.
The dates and locations are:
• December 3: Stony Point | Woodland Heights | Windsor Farms
• December 10: Westover Hills | Forest Hill Terrace
• December 17: Worthington Farms | Woodhaven
• January 7: Bellevue | Laburnum Park
• January 14: Ginter Park | Washington Park
The Department of Public Works collects up to six bags of leaves per household year around during weekly solid waste collection. However, during the Vacuum Leaf Collection Program, residents can dispose of up to 20 bags of leaves when their sub-zone receives vacuum service and during the Neighborhood Leaf Clean-up events. The leaves must be bagged and ready for removal when City trucks arrive.
City residents may also dispose of leaves by taking them to these locations:
• East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road, Richmond, VA 23223
• Maury Street Landfill, 2900 Maury St., Richmond, VA 23224
Vacuum leaf collection may be cancelled and rescheduled during inclement weather.
For updates on the vacuum schedule, call the Leaf Hotline at 646-LEAF or visit www.RichmondGov.com.