The deal is the same as last year no vacuum service unless you’re willing to shell out $30. The four options are spelled out below.
The method not mentioned by the city is letting them stay in your yard. Use the leaves to create mulch. At our house, a few passes with the mulching lawnmower chops up the leaves fairly well and the stay on the grass and provide nutrients the yard.
Consumer Reports has a nice article, For the Greenest Yard, Leave the Leaves Behind on alternatives to sending your leaves to the landfill.
If leave the leaves be doesn’t work for you here are your options.
Four options for leaf pick-up:
Option 1 | Bag Collection (10 bags)
- Begins October 1
- Up to 10 bags collected on trash day
- Biodegradable plastic bags preferred·
- Place bags near supercan
Option 2 | Unlimited Bag Collection by Sector
- Wednesday trash collection Leaves collected between Oct. 30 – by Nov. 13
- Thursday trash collection Leaves collected between Nov. 14 – Nov. 23
- Monday trash collection Leaves collected between Nov. 25 – Dec. 09
- Tuesday trash collection Leaves collected between Dec. 10 – Dec. 28
Option 3 | $30 Vacuum Service
- Begins November 1 and will continue based upon available funding
- Rake leaves to front property line
- Request by calling 3-1-1
- RVA311.com (online or mobile app) 15-day window provided, based upon availability.
Note: Leaves must be raked and ready for pick-up when the service request is made.
Option 4 | Do-It-Yourself
Dispose of loose leaves at:
- East Richmond Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road
- Maury Landfill, 2900 Maury Street
Residents can pay for vacuum service in person at the DPW main office on the 7th floor of City Hall; mail in payment to DPW at 700 E. Broad St., Suite 704, Richmond, VA 23219 or, if requesting service online of through 3-1-1 the fee can be placed on the utility bill.
On October 1, residents can call 3-1-1 or 646-LEAF for schedule information or for updates in the event inclement weather causes delays. Residents may also send e-mail inquiries to [email protected].
For more information on the leaf program, visit www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/Leafcollection.aspx