Leaf Collection Program Begins This Week

Leaf Collection Program

The City of Doraville began the Leaf Collection Program on Monday, October 5, 2020, and will continue through Friday, February 26, 2021.  The goal of the Leaf Collection Program is to reduce leaf accumulation in city streets and minimize the potential for clogged storm drains. During the collection period, residents will have the option of bagging their leaves to be collected by the sanitation crews or to rake the leaves near the curb in piles to be collected by Doraville Public Works with the leaf vacuum truck.

While bagging leaves in paper biodegradable yard waste bags is the preferred method of collection, as this will assist in the reduction of leaves in city streets and storm drains, it is not required during this period. Leaves will be collected with the leaf vacuum truck Monday through Friday weekly. Outside of the collection period, March through September, it is required that leaves be contained in paper biodegradable yard waste bags for pickup in conjunction with the regular sanitation collection schedule.

Help avoid problems:

To better serve you, the City of Doraville asks that you avoid raking leaves into the street; instead pile them near the curb and out of the roadway. Placing leaf piles in the roadway can cause many problems by:

  • Disrupting traffic – Many neighborhoods have narrow streets and on-street parking. Leaf piles extending into the roadway can limit parking and the ability of vehicles to safely navigate the streets.
  • Disrupting Surface Drainage – Storm drains have a high chance of clogging when rain washes the leaves into them. Keeping leaves out of the roadway can help prevent this.

Residents Should:

  • Place leaves in a paper biodegradable yard waste bags to be collected with the regular sanitation schedule or rake leaves near the curb in piles to be collected by Doraville Public Works with the Leaf Vacuum Truck
  • Remove all sticks, trash, or other items that cannot be collected by the vacuum trucks. Failure to remove such items from leaf piles can cause maintenance issues to the leaf vacuum truck leading to delays in service.
  • Keep parked vehicles away from leaf piles to allow crews easy access

Please Avoid:

  • Placing tree limbs, sticks, or other debris in the leaf piles - This can cause damage to equipment, resulting in major delays
  • Placing leaf piles in the street
  • Placing leaves in plastic bags – Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Blocking access to leaf piles by parking cars on or in front of leaf piles
  • Mixing dirt with leaves – Bags filled with dirt will not be collected

Stay in the loop:

Weather related factors may extend collection schedules. If weather conditions are severe, crews may postpone service. Follow us on Facebook or check the City of Doraville website for the most up-to-date information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I place my leaves to be collected? Leaves must be placed at the curb between the road and sidewalk. Leaves should not block any sidewalks or roadways.

What if the leaves placed out for removal are missed? There can be several reasons for a missed pickup. Sometimes parked cars in the road can prohibit crews from reaching leaf piles, or leaves are placed out after the street has been already serviced.

Do I have to bag my leaves? Yes. Bagging with biodegradable bags is not only the preferred method of collection, but is always recommended. As a reminder, yard debris such as tree trimmings, sticks, and twigs are required to be kept separated from leaf piles. Tree limbs can cause a multitude of maintenance issues to the leaf vac.

How early should I place my bagged leaves out for collection? Leaves should be placed by 6:30am according to your regular sanitation collection schedule.

What is the pick-up schedule during the holidays? The collection schedule is altered during the holidays. Leaf pickup will typically be scheduled for the following business day after holiday. The following holidays will be observed during the Leaf Collection Program, please plan accordingly.

  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Years
  • Martin Luther King
  • Presidents Day

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