Leaf & Yard Debris Collection
Leaves & Small Yard Debris Preparation
Fall leaf collection season will run from Monday, November 4th through Friday, December 6th this year. Sections of the city will be collected on a bi-weekly basis. It is our intention to collect the day following your regularly scheduled refuse collection but this may vary. Residents are asked to place their loose leaves in piles on the tree lawn area between the street and the sidewalk in advance of their scheduled collection week. Leaves should not be placed in the street as it is illegal to do and you could be cited. Leaves can create flooding situations by blocking curb inlets, and can create slippery road conditions which could pose a potential threat to motorists.
- Kraft bags will also be collected at this time.
- Leaves and yard waste will NOT be collected in plastic bags.
- Brush, tree and hedge trimmings must be cut and tied into bundles not more than four feet in length and two feet in diameter in order to be collected on your regularly scheduled trash pickup day. Brush that is too large to be tied into bundles can be picked up for an additional charge; arrangements must be made in advance - call 216-691-7300.
- Yard waste, leaves, and brush will NOT be collected January 2 - March 27, 2020.
Items to Package in Kraft or Brown Grocery Bags:
- Yard Waste
- Grass Clippings
- Trimmings from flowers and/or bushes
- Please do not rake or blow leaves into the street where they are a safety hazard and could also block drains.
- It is illegal to burn leaves in the City of Cleveland Heights.
Larger Yard Debris Preparation
- Brush, tree and hedge trimmings must be cut and tied securely into bundles no larger than four feet in length and two feet in diameter.
- Size limitation is established in the interest of employee safety and is strictly enforced.
- Christmas trees should be placed on the tree lawn for the regular collection. These items must be completely removed:
- Metal Stands
- Plastic bags
- Leaves and brush must be kept in separate piles on the tree lawn.
- Combined piles cannot be collected.
- Logs: Cut no more than 18 inches in length and 6 inches in diameter and stacked
Frequently Asked Questions
Locate answers to common questions regarding the City's yard debris collection services
Loose brush and cut loose branches may be picked between May and November by requesting a special pickup if there is truck availability and enough man power to do the job. You must get permission prior to putting out the special pickup from the Sanitation Department Supervisor who reserves the right to charge depending on how large the special pickup is. When the service is unavailable then all yard waste must be bagged or tied in bundles, neither weighing more than 40 lbs. and branches no longer than 4 feet.
Please call the Public Works Department at 216-691-7300 to make arrangements for collection.
Yard debris will not be collected if packaged in:
- Plastic Bags
- Cardboard Boxes
- Animal Feed
- Other Food Bags
Bags may weight no more than 40 pounds each. Weight limitations are established in the interest of employee safety and are strictly enforced.
Kraft Bag Collection Seasons & Days
- Kraft bags are only collected from April through December.
- Loose leaves that are raked or blown to the tree lawn in the Fall (the month of November) will be collected (weather permitting) from your property.
- Loose leaves will be collected November 4 through December 6, 2019 every other week the day after your refuse and recycling collection.
- For example, if your refuse / recycling collection day is a Thursday, expect to have your loose leaves that have been raked or blown to the tree lawn to be picked up on Friday. If Friday is your collection day, leaves will be picked up on Monday.
Snow Impacts & Considerations
- If snow begins to fall during the loose leaf collection season, it becomes nearly impossible to maintain the collection schedule.
- The same workers and many of the same vehicles collecting leaves are used for snow and ice control.
- If snow completely covers the leaves, they cannot be collected.
- A light snow or rain will greatly reduce the efficiency of the leaf collection operation.