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Leaf Collection in Alexandria Begins Oct. 30

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ALEXANDRIA, VA-The City of Alexandria will begin its annual leaf vacuuming and leaf bag collection program on Monday, Oct. 30. Leaf collection is expected to continue into January.

Residents who receive City trash and recycling collection services may recycle leaves in three ways:

  1. Raking leaves to the curb for vacuum collection
  2. Placing leaves in paper leaf bags for collection (leaves in plastic bags are considered refuse, and are thrown away as trash)
  3. Composting leaves and yard waste at home

Please do not mix brush or other items with leaves, as these items may injure City workers, damage equipment or private property, or cause delays.

Alexandria is divided into five collection zones, each with a specific start date. Each zone will receive three passes. Residents can access the Residential Leaf Collection Viewer (an interactive map) to look up assigned leaf vacuuming dates based on their home address.

For curbside leaf bag collection, residents can place paper leaf bags at the curb on their regular trash day. Free City paper leaf bags will be available at the following locations starting on Monday, October 16:

  • City Hall, 301 King Street (Main Lobby)
    Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • City of Alexandria Self-Serve Shed, Corner of Roth Street and Business Center Drive 
    Available 24/7
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street
    Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Avenue 
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Chinquapin Recreation Center, 3210 King Street
    Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Paper leaf bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. There is a limit of 15 bags per resident, per visit.

Residents may receive leaf collection status updates by signing up for the free Alexandria eNews service and subscribing to “Resource Recovery Updates,” or by following the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Visit for more information about the City’s annual leaf vacuuming and leaf bag collection program. [SEE ALSO: Alexandria Lawyer Frees Innocent Man from Death Row]

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