The City is separated into the east and west sections with leaf trucks assigned to each section on alternating weeks. In the heavily forested areas a specific truck is assigned for leaf collection.
The City of Harrisonburg Public Works Department will be starting the annual curbside leaf collection on November 15, 2021.
Leaves are vacuumed up Monday – Friday for six weeks excluding Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day. Leaf collection continues for six weeks with the following schedule, weather permitting:
West Side of Main St. & Forest Hills
November 15 - November 19
November 29 - December 3
December 13 - December 17
East Side of Main St. & Fairway Drive
November 22 - 24 (excluding holidays)
December 6 - December 10
December 20 - December 22 (excluding holidays)
*Leaves need to be out by Monday of your scheduled week. During the above dates, streets will be done only once per week.
Guidelines for collection:
- Citizens are asked to rake their leaves out to the curb or the edge of the roadway.
- Leaves will not be picked up if there is excessive grass, limbs, branches, trash, etc. mixed with leaves. No exceptions.
- Leaves need to be raked to the back of the curb, not to extend more than five feet into your yard.
- Please do not rake leaves into the street.
- Please do not park vehicles around leaves.
Before and after these dates, place your leaves in a biodegradable bag or 35 gallon container with no liner for assigned Wednesday pickup. (See Yard Debris and Bulk collection.) Leaves not properly placed for pickup will be subject to a violation fee.
Citizens can also bring bagged leaves to the Recycling Convenience Center during operating hours.
Questions? Call Public Works at 540-434-5928.