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County Leaf Vacuum Collection Begins November 11; Continues Through Mid-December

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Starting the week of November 11, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will begin its annual leaf vacuuming with two collections on every district street this fall.

A third collection may be provided on an as-needed basis.

The leaf vacuum 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.

Prior to collection, signs will be posted along streets directing residents to the online leaf collection map for collection date information. 

Residents are asked to pile leaves near the street, but off the road.  Avoid placing leaves on road shoulders, bike lanes and rain gardens as leaves in these areas 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 recycling 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 property is within the boundaries of the leaf vacuum collection district or to view the collection schedule, visit MCDOT’s website or contact the Montgomery County (MC311) Call Center online, by calling 311 from inside the County, calling 240-777-0311 from outside the County, or calling TTY at 301-251-4850.
The number for MD Relay is 711 or use the toll free/out of state number 1-800-735-2258. 



Release ID: 19-181
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389

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