Leaf Collection

The Plan for Fall

We collect 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.

leaf.jpg 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 also turned into mulch, either for free pickup or delivery at a nominal cost. 

Fall 2021 Leaf Vacuum Schedule

See Vacuum Schedule 2021

Routes run Monday – Saturday including holidays except Thanksgiving.

There will be two passes per civic association. Don’t know which civic association you belong to? 

View the civic association map.

Schedule Information

  • Sign up for leaf schedule Listserv email updates.
  • Look for neighborhood signs posted three to seven days before each pass: signs will be posted on boundary streets by civic association. The first pass is in November (bright yellow); the second pass is in December (orange).
  • Call 703-228-6565 for the recorded schedule by your civic association.
  • Missed a collection? Bag your leaves for the next weekly collection or wait for the second vacuum pass.

How to Prepare for Vacuuming

  • Rake your leaves to the curb (residents with contract lawn services should plan to have their leaves raked before the scheduled vacuum pickup).
  • Don’t block roadways with leaves more than seven days in advance of your scheduled vacuum leaf collection as it’s dangerous, blocks traffic and limits street parking. It’s also a potential fire hazard.
  • Pile your leaves away from storm drains, water meter covers, low wires and parked cars.
  • Remove stones, litter, branches and other debris from your 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.

Biodegradable Bag Collection

Leaf bags are collected year-round on your regular trash collection day.

How to Prepare for Collection

  • Place your bags at the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before your regular collection day and no later than 6:00 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Remove dirt, stones, litter and other debris from your leaves.
  • Close the bags by folding them top down.
  • Don’t use plastic bags. Leaves in plastic bags will NOT be collected.


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

Free bags available only during posted spring and fall seasonal dates at the locations below.

While supplies last; 15 bag maximum per resident. Last day for latest season: Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

3501 2nd St. S., 703-228-5920, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

2121 N. Culpeper St., 703-228-5210, Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thursday, closed

Friday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

2100 Clarendon Blvd., 703-228-3000, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

4300 29th St. S., 703-228-6570, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

3829 N. Stafford St., 703-228-5310, Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday, closed, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Missed or Partial Pickup

Report a missed or partial pickup by 1:30 p.m. the next business day so that we may collect it, or it will be collected on your next regularly scheduled collection day. You may report it online using our 

missed pickup form or by calling 703-228-5000 Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Green Organics Cart

Arlington County provides weekly curbside collection of yard waste (now combined with food scraps) to single-family homes, duplexes and some townhomes in Arlington. Yard waste collection occurs each week on your regular scheduled trash/recycling collection day. Learn more about our 

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Leaf Collection Snapshot

Vacuum Collection: 2021 schedule (coming soon)

Bag Collection: Year-round

  • Collected on weekly trash day with yard waste.
  • Always use biodegradable paper bags. Leaves in plastic bags will NOT be collected.

Green Organics Cart: Year-round

Christmas Tree Collection: January 2022

  • Once collected, trees will be recycled into mulch. After the special collection period, trees will be taken with regular yard waste.