The City of Roanoke will begin collecting bagged leaves starting the week of Nov. 14th. Residents should put their bagged leaves at the curb on the same day as their regular trash collection.
The city will only accept biodegradable paper leaf bags during leaf collection weeks. These bags are available at local hardware stores, home centers, and other retailers. There is no limit to the number of paper leaf bags residents may place at the curb for pickup. The city will not collect leaves placed in plastic bags. Additional leaf collections will take place the weeks of Nov. 28th and Dec. 12th. Click here to view a brochure on this year's leaf collection.
Loose-leaf collection is NOT provided by the city. The only loose-leaf alternative is to stage raked leaves near the edge of the street for timely collection by a private contractor. Residents are encouraged to notify the city of their plans for contractor pickup by calling 853-2000, Option 1.
Alternatives to Bagged Leaf Collection
Use the cheap, easy and environmentally friendly method of dealing with fallen leaves: weekly Mulch-Mowing. Mowed leaves will seemingly disappear as they filter into the turf-grass canopy. This easy process eliminates many hours of raking, bagging, and hauling leaves to the curb.
Construct a compost bin on your property and use those composted leaves in your garden or flower bed next year adding organic matter and reducing the need for fertilizer applications.
Call a local lawn or landscape contractor and have them remove your leaves.
Utilize Roanoke Valley Resource Authority (RVRA) located at 1020 Hollins Rd. RVRA's Residential Disposal Policy allows 12 free visits per year. Residents may dispose of bagged leaves or loose leaves at this facility using a 3/4-ton pickup truck or small trailer (less than 8-foot and loads must be covered).
It is a violation of City Code section 14.1 to rake loose leaves into the city's right-of-way. There will be strict enforcement of the Code by city inspectors. If leaves remain in the right-of-way after a 72-hour removal notice, the city may have the leaves removed and bill the adjoining parcel owner a $100 administrative fee, plus the fee charged to the city by a private contractor.