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Leaf and Holiday Tree Collection

Trash collectors vacuuming leaves

The fall leaf collection program runs from the first week of November through the second week of January. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.

DPW will collect leaves at least twice from each residential neighborhood by “vacuuming” loose leaves residents rake into their treebox(es). DPW also will collect bagged leaves from the curbside treeboxes. Leaves will be sent for composting. In neighborhoods with alley trash/recyclingcollections, bagged leaves may also be placed where trash and recycling are collected. These leaves will be disposed with the trash as space in the truck permits.

DPW thanks residents for their patience with leaf and holiday tree collections, which have been tremendously affected by the multiple snow/ice events since November, including the January 21 snowfall, the first significant accumulation since 2011.  These crews are the backbone of the District’s snow removal force so when a snow or ice event is predicted they switch from collections to snow fighting.  There are trees DPW could not collect during the scheduled collection period – December 29-January 11 – so DPW has extended collections through Friday, January 31.  Trees and greenery collected by January 31 will be recycled.  Trees and greenery collected after January 31 will be collected with the trash as space permits in the truck. Please remove ornaments, tinsel and other decorations and put the tree and greenery where your trash and recycling are collected.

Just a reminder, apartment buildings with four or more units are required to provide their tenants with solid waste collections, including holiday trees.

Find the Leaf Collection Schedule for Your Neighborhood

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Leaf Collection Brochure

The 2013-2014 brochure will be posted by mid-October 2013. Click here for the 2013-2014 brochure.

Holiday Tree Collection

DPW holiday tree collection crews are the backbone of the Snow Team; however, multiple snow/ice events have severely disrupted the collection schedule, which had been December 29-January 11.  As a result, trees will continue to be collected for recycling through Friday, January 31.  Please remove all ornaments, tinsel and other decorations from the tree and place it where trash and recyclables are collected.  Trees placed at the trash/recycling collections site after January 31 will be collected with the trash as space permits in the truck. 

REMINDER:  DPW collects trees from single family households and residential buildings with three or fewer living units.  Residents who live in apartment buildings with four or more units should have their trash/recycling hauler collect their trees.

How You Can Help

  • Rake leaves into the treebox space the weekend before your street’s collection weeks.
  • Please – leaves only! Tree limbs, bricks, dirt, rocks, etc., will damage the equipment and delay collections.
  • Prevent fires, parking problems and possible flooding by placing leaves in the treebox space, not in the street. When it rains, leaves will block the storm drain and cause flooding.
  • Holiday trees and wreaths will be picked up between December 30 and January 11.  Please do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags. Trees collected between December 30 and January 11 will be chipped and composted.
  • Any trees not collected by January 11 will be picked up as space in the trash trucks allow over the following weeks.
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 737-4404
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0642
Contact TTY: 
(202) 673-6833
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

2000 14th Street, NW


GIS Address: 
2000 14th Street, NW
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20009