Windsor Farms

 Please try to leave some space between your leaf piles and curbing in order to help keep the gutters and storm drains clearNo DIRT, ROCKS, METAL, GRASS, or BRANCHES should be in the leaf piles.  Any of these items WILL prevent Ethic (and the City) from collecting your leaves, since they could potentially damage the equipment.  Mulched leaves should continue to be bagged or placed into yard cans. 

Please remember that leaf collection is subject to change due to inclement weather and other factors.

Please make sure that any yard services are aware of and comply with the leaf collection guidelines (this includes not blowing leaves and debris into the common areas)Debris, or "clean-out" piles containing sticks, magnolia pods, dirt/mud, gravel, liriope and grass cuttings, etc. (i.e. piles that contain more than just leaves) should either be removed by your yard service, loaded into your yard can, or bagged for collection by the City.

The following information is from the website:

Vacuum Leaf Collection Program Guidelines
(these guidelines also apply to the Ethic program)

picture of men collecting leaves
  • Rake leaves to your property line.
  • Do not rake leaves into the street.
  • Leaves must be placed out for collection by the start date
    indicated for your route.
  • Keep leaf piles less than 2 feet in height.
  • Keep leaves away from ditches, pipes, and culverts.
    These items will prevent crews from collecting your piles.


Please remember, you don't have to use vacuum service or wait for your scheduled collection to get rid of your leaves.  Just put your bagged leaves near the curb, preferably in biodegradable lawn and leaf bags.  Here's why we recommend biodegradable bags.

  • They're more environmentally friendly and can be recycled, right along with the leaves.
  • We'll pick up as many as 25 bags every week all year on your regular trash collection day.
  • We'll pick up as many bags as you put near the curb during your leaf collection cycle.

Please understand, bad weather can adversely affect our leaf collection schedule.  This includes not only rainy weather, but snow as well.  We have to put our snow removal equipment on the same vehicles that collect the leaves.

Keep in mind, the city of Richmond strongly urges that you use bags.

If you want to dispose of your bagged or loose leaves yourself, you may take them to the following locations.  However, you must empty the leaves from the bags. We do not accept leaves inside bags at these locations.

  • East Richmond Road Convenience Center
    3800 East Richmond Road at Jennie Scher Road Map It
    Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday; and 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturdays
    Telephone: (804) 646-4706

  • Maury Street Landfill
    2900 Maury St. Map It
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Backyard Composting

Though not an actual city service, we do advocate backyard composting as the most efficient and environmentally sound disposal option.  Contact the Clean City Commission for details.

Special Collections

If you would like to request a vacuum collection outside of your neighborhood's posted schedule, you will need to call Customer Care at 3-1-1 (646-7000).  The fee for this service is $75, which can be attached to your utility bill. 


Please understand, bad weather can adversely affect our leaf collection schedule.  This means not only when it rains, but when it snows because we have to put our snow removal equipment on the same vehicles that pick up the leaves.

For up-to-date information or schedule changes, call our Leaf Hotline at (804)646-LEAF (5323).  If you have questions, please call the City's Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or send an e-mail to Ask Public Works.
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