While the foliage-watching season is winding down, Henrico’s leaf-collection programs are just ramping up. The county’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) again is offering residents several options for taking care of the leaves blanketing their lawns and landscaping.
DPU will pick up bagged leaves once per street during the scheduled weeks, meaning residents can expect three collections before the program ends March 3. Residents living in these areas do not need to contact DPU to schedule a pickup. Residents can consult a leaf collection map for dates in their area.
The department offers a few guidelines for the free service:
- Bags should only contain leaves, not debris or garbage.
- Bags should be placed at the curb or road’s edge by 7 a.m. Monday of pickup week; DPU cannot provide the day collection will occur.
- DPU cannot pick up bags that are not accessible from the street; crews are not authorized to enter residents’ property.
- Residents living outside the designated areas can call (804) 727-8770 for information regarding collection of their bagged leaves.
Residents have another free option with the public-use areas at 2075 Charles City Road and 10600 Fords Country Lane, open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can bring their bagged leaves to these sites during the collection program. The public-use areas accept unbagged leaves and yard waste free of charge throughout the year.
For residents preferring not to bag their leaves, DPU offers a vacuum service through April 19. Cost is $30. Residents can order the service at www.henricodpu.org or by calling (804) 501-4275.
Click here for the Bagged Leaf Collection brochure.