Arlington Leaf Collection: The Plan for Fall

Arlington Leaf Collection: The Plan for Fall

Arlington collects about 50,000 cubic yards of leaves every year. Months ahead, staff analyzes historic data, tree types and density, weather forecasts, state forestry forecasts and resident feedback to develop the leaf collection schedule. Source:

Did You Know? You can compost leaves in your yard, creating nutrient-rich mulch for spring flower beds and trees.

Leaves collected by the County are turned into mulch available for free pick-up or delivery at a nominal cost. 

Fall 2023 Leaf Vacuum Schedule

Routes run Monday – Saturday including holidays except Thanksgiving.

Two passes per civic association. (Arlington civic associations map

View the in-season leaf vacuum collection status map

Schedule Information

• Sign up for leaf schedule Listserv email updates.

• Look for neighborhood signs posted three to seven days before each pass by civic association. The first pass is in November (bright yellow); the second pass is in December (orange). Note: The date on the sign marks the beginning of the leaf collection window. Leaves may not actually be collected on that date, but should be left at the curb from that date until they are collected.

• Missed a collection? Bag leaves for the next weekly collection or wait for the second vacuum pass.

How to Prepare for Vacuuming

• Rake leaves to curb the weekend before the posted start of zone collection (residents with contract lawn services should plan ahead). 

• Don’t block roadways with leaves more than seven days in advance of a scheduled vacuum leaf collection as it can interfere with traction, blocks traffic, limits street parking and is a potential fire hazard.

• Pile leaves away from storm drains, water meter covers, low wires and parked cars.

• Remove stones, litter, branches and other debris from leaves to prevent equipment damage and worker injuries.

• Don’t place leaves in plastic bags or trash carts.

• Never park your car on leaf piles — it’s a fire hazard.

• Drive slowly around leaf trucks, especially when passing.

• Always look out for children playing in and around curbside leaf piles.

Biodegradable Bag / Green Cart Collection

Leaf bags are collected year-round on your regular weekly curbside collection day. Leaves can, naturally, also go in the green yard waste cart.

How to Prepare for Collection

• Place paper leaf bags/green cart at the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before your regular collection day and no later than 6 a.m. on collection day.

• Remove any stones, litter and other debris from your leaves.

• Close bags by folding them top down.

• Never use plastic bags for yard waste — they can't be composted and won't be collected

Biodegradable paper leaf bags are available at most hardware stores. Or you can use any bags left over from the spring.

Free paper yard waste bags are available from Arlington County during posted spring and fall seasonal dates.

Missed or Partial Pickup

Report a missed or partial pick-up after 5 p.m. on collection day online by using the "Residential Curbside Collections" missed collections form or by calling 703-228-5000 Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.