Each fall, the city is blanketed with leaves from approximately 70,000 public trees located along City streets and in City parks and cemeteries. The Department of Environmental Services' Bureau of Operations works together with residents to collect these leaves and keep our streets clear. Loose leaves are composted, screened and made available to the public through the Materials Give Back Program.
The City offers three methods of leaf collection:
1. Loose leaf collection: From October 27- November 21, the City collects fallen leaves from city streets. Residents may rake leaves in loose piles between the sidewalk and the curb (NOT into the street) before the Monday of your scheduled pickup week. The loose leaf collection schedule is identified in the annual At Your Service Guide, mailed to residents in the fall.
2. Refuse collection: Residential and commercial refuse customers may place bagged leaves at the curb for pick up on their regular refuse collection day.
3. Drop off: Residents may drop off loose leaves to the Materials Give Back site on Ferrano Street, near Colfax Street. Leaves are accepted Nov.-Dec., Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. NO BAGS ARE PERMITTED.
The City of Rochester also encourages residents to compost leaves in their backyards. For information on backyard leaf composting, call the Monroe County Cooperative Extension at (585) 473-5335.
Leaf collection is a free service offered to city residents.