Indianapolis leaf collection begins November 6


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will be collecting bagged leaves beginning Monday, November 6 through Friday, December 1.

Each household can put up to 40 bags of leaves on the curb on their regular trash pickup days during the 4-week leaf collection period.

The collection period targets when most leaves fall from trees, and DPW has, with the help of the Purdue Extension Service, determined the month of November as this fall's prime leaf season.

To help DPW with leaf collection, trash customers are asked to take the following steps:

  • Place leaves in plastic waste bags. Paper bags can dissolve or tear in wet weather.
  • Leaf bags should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on each resident’s regular trash day.
  • Keep all leaf bags at least 3 feet away from trash carts so trucks can access carts.
  • Clear leaves and debris from storm drains to avoid drainage and flooding problems.
  • It is illegal to burn leaves in Marion County.

To find your regular and heavy trash days, enter your address at this link

DPW is reminding residents that any trash left outside of carts will not be collected.

Leaves collected this year will be composted at the South Side Landfill, and free mulch will be available to residents in the spring.

More information on DPW trash collection

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