PLEASE dont do that. Leaves placed in plastic bags are "garbage," will be picked up by our trash trucks, and will be dumped into land fill. Locked in a plastic bag, the leaves cannot become part of the earth again.
Arlington will pick up the leaves and mulch them. Please rake your leaves to the curb (your hired contractors can do this). You can either rake the leaves into big piles, or stuff them into paper bags (the county will provide you with free bags to use). The leaves do not go into land fill; the leaves rot and compost; and the leaves become healthy nutritious soil again.
And if your contractor stuff all the leaves in plastic bags, its not too late. Just rip them open and dump the leaves right there on the curb. The county will vacuum them up.
This is information from Arlington County about the leaf mulch pickup program:
Leaf Collection ProcessArlington County collects about 50,000 cubic yards of leaves every year. Long before the first leaf falls, staff analyzes historic data, tree types and density, weather forecasts, state forestry forecasts, and resident feedback to develop the leaf collection schedule. This helps better allocate collection resources and serve neighborhoods when fallen leaves are heaviest.
Biodegradable Bag CollectionOct. 29, 2012 - Jan. 11, 2013 (Monday - Friday including holidays, except Christmas and New Year's Day)
Leaf bags are collected on the next business day after your regular trash collection day. If your trash is collected Friday, your last leaf bag will be collection Monday, January 7.
How to Prepare for Recycling
- Remove dirt, stones, litter and other debris from leaves
- Place only leaves in biodegradable paper leaf bags (bags will be made into mulch with leaves)
- Close bags by folding top down
- Place bags at the curb, one day after your trash day by 6:30 a.m.
- Do not use plastic bags!
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|Courthouse Plaza Information Desk, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., (703) 228-3000, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.||Madison Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., (703) 228-5310|
|Lee Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., (703) 228-0552||Solid Waste Bureau, 4300 29th St. S., (703) 228-6570, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., (703) 228-6535||Thomas Jefferson Center, 3501 2nd St. S., (703) 228-5920|
Vacuum CollectionNov. 12 - Dec. 21, 2012 (Monday - Saturday including holidays, except Thanksgiving)
There will be two passes for civic association. Don't know which civic association you are in? View the civic association maps >>
- View the Leaf Collection Schedule >>
- Sign-up for Arlington Leaf Schedule listserv email updates >>
- Look for neighborhood signs posted 3-7 days before each pass: First pass in November (bright yellow), second pass in December (orange)
- Call (703) 228-6565 for recorded schedule by civic association, ex. Barcroft
- Watch Comcast Cable 74 or Verizon Channel 40
- Missed a collection? Bag your leaves for the next weekly bag collection or wait for the second vacuum pass.
- Rake leaves to curb (residents with contract lawn services should plan to have their leaves raked before scheduled vacuum pickup)
- Pile leaves away from storm drains and water meter covers, low wires, and parked cars
- Remove stones, litter, branches or other debris to prevent equipment damage and worker injuries
- Don't place leaves in plastic bags or County trash carts
- Never park your car on leaf piles - it's a fire hazard!