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County Leaf Vacuuming Collection Begins Week of November 12; Continues Through the End of December

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Starting the week of November 12, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Division of Highway Services will begin its annual leaf vacuuming collection in the leaf vacuuming collection district. MCDOT provides two collections on district streets during the fall.


The leaf vacuuming collection district is bounded by I-495, I-270, the Rockville City limits, Norbeck, Bel Pre and Bonifant roads, Northwest Branch Park, and the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County lines.


Bright yellow and green signs will be posted along streets beginning the week of October 22 indicating when to expect MCDOT trucks. Residents also may check the schedule online for initial collection dates. Subsequent dates will be posted in the coming weeks.


Residents are asked to pile leaves near the street, but off the road. Avoid placing leaves on road shoulders, rain gardens and bike lanes, as leaves can disrupt traffic, negatively impact stormwater drainage, hamper snow removal operations, and become a fire hazard for automobiles parked over them. Leaf piles also limit the availability of residential parking and pose a safety risk to children and adults, alike. Leaves, especially when wet, can pose a hazard for cyclists and pedestrians.


The leaf collection program is restricted to leaves only. Tree debris, sticks, branches or coarse garden debris should be placed in containers or tied in bundles no more than four feet long and set out for yard trim pick up.


Residents who miss the two scheduled vacuum collections can still have their leaves collected by placing them in paper yard trim bags or reusable containers for pick up on their regular yard trim collection day. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be accepted.


MCDOT makes every effort to maintain the collection schedules posted online, weather permitting.


To determine if a residence is within the boundaries of the leaf vacuum collection district or to view the collection schedule, visitMCDOT’s website or contact the Montgomery County MC311 Call Center online, or by calling 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311, or via TTY at 301-251-4850. The number for MD Relay is 7-1-1; the toll free/out-of-state number is 1-800-735-2258.

Release ID: 18-193
Media Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-7170