Each fall, DPW collects leaves from residential neighborhoods to reduce potential accidents and injuries resulting from slipping on wet leaves. By collecting these leaves, the District prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains. DPW collects between 8,000 and 10,000 tons of leaves between November and January each year.
DPW mails the annual leaf collection schedule to residents who receive trash and recycling services from the Department. Additionally, use the Seasonal Leaf Collection online map to find out when DPW will collect leaves in District neighborhoods. Users can zoom in on a map of the city to find out the status of leaf collection or enter address information to find out when trucks will be coming by.
For further information on leaf collection, please visit the DPW website.