Curbside Leaf Collection Through Dec. 6

The City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) has begun collecting bagged leaves. The program will continue through Friday, December 6. Residents can leave out up to 40 bags of leaves per week during the four-week collection period. DPW’s leaf collection service is offered at no additional cost to residents.

Some guidelines:

  • Place leaves in plastic bags. Paper bags can deteriorate and break apart in wet weather.
  • Keep bags at least three feet away from your trash cart for easy pickup.
  • Leaf bags should be outside by 7 a.m. on your normal trash day.
  • Residents are asked not to rake leaves into the streets, which will cause issues for city street sweepers.

While raking leaves, DPW asks that residents clear leaves from storm drain inlets to prevent drainage and flooding problems. Last year, DPW collected about 4,800 tons of leaves from Marion County residents. As in years past, the collected leaves are taken to the South Side Landfill where they are composted. Residents can pick up the resulting mulch in the spring at no cost.

NOTE: Burning leaves is illegal in Marion County. Try composting as an alternative to traditional raking and bagging.


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