Public Works Crews will begin picking up leaves curbside in various areas throughout the city starting Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. Loose leaves will not be picked up before the starting date.
- Please do not put grass clippings, brush, branches, or other debris under or in the loose leaf piles. This will damage the equipment.
- The curbside collection crew may be delayed at times due to various reasons: weather conditions, equipment and personnel availability, and emergencies.
- If leaves are not raked onto the curb when the equipment moves through a block, the truck will not backtrack. However, crews will make periodic return trips through your neighborhood. There is no set schedule or pattern for the curbside looseleaf collection crew that will be in your area daily.
The areas are slated for curbside leaf collection: 18th Ward-South of Penn areas, Northeast-Hampden Heights areas, Hessian Camp-East Reading areas, Northwest area, and Northmont-Riverdale-Glenside areas.
The leaf bag collection schedule is as follows: Northeast areas – Mondays; Center City, East Reading, 18th ward, and South of Penn areas – Tuesdays; and Northwest, Northmont, Riverdale, and Glenside areas – Wednesdays.
The city crews will continue to provide service for bagged leaves on your normal yard waste collection day. All leaves that are bagged must be in bio-degradable paper bags. No plastic bags will be accepted.
The last scheduled day for leaf collection will be Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. This ending date is subject to change if the leaves should fall later than expected. After this date, the equipment will be converted over for winter weather operations.
For daily progress reports or bagged leaf pick-up schedule information, please call the Streets Division at 610-655-6285.