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Loose Leaf Collection FAQ's

When will collection begin? Leaf collection

The City of Rochester will begin collecting loose leaves from streets on October 28th. The city has been divided into 8 sections and will service 2 sections each week until November 22nd.

Where does my street fall in the weekly collection schedule?

Check out the map with collection dates 

Note that each street is given a one-week timeframe when pickup will occur. Staff will not know exactly which day your leaves will be picked up, so make sure your leaves are raked to the curb by 7 A.M. on the Monday of your designated week. Depending on the progress, the City will pick up your leaves any day that week.

Where do I place my leaves when it's my week?

Leaves MUST be placed in the space between the sidewalk and the curb. They will not be picked up anywhere else. 

What if I miss my scheduled week?

Don't worry, there are two options if you miss your scheduled leaf pickup:  

  1. Leaves may be dropped off in November, 24/7, at Ferrano and Colfax Streets. Leaves MUST be UNBAGGED if they are dropped off here.
  2. At any time, leaves may be disposed of through your normal garbage collection process: bag them, throw the bags in the toter, and place the toter at the curb on your usual pickup day. If leaves fall early or late in the season and you'd like to get your yard cleaned accordingly, throw leaves out in this normal refuse cycle. 

Why would I come home to find leaves blown all over my street?

If you have arrived home and found your street in a leafy mess, don't panic! The process for collection on your street, from start to finish, can take a couple of hours. This is because crews tackle the leaves in stages: first, someone comes down with a blower or rake and pushes all the leaves onto the street. Next, a crew will come through with multiple vehicles and lift all the leaves into loaders. Once the loaders leave, a street sweeper will come and clean the street of any leftover debris.

Why would a spot be missed on my street?

Sometimes, parked cars in the road can prohibit crews from reaching leaf piles. Other times, neighbors notice that their street has been serviced and then rake their leaves out to the curb. WhenLeaf collection(3) situations like these occur, you can call 311 and report the address that needs leaf pickup. However, DES will not service these situations until the entire regular November city cycle has been completed. 

Who do I call with questions?

For other questions or concerns, or to check and see if things are on schedule for your given week, call 311 (outside of the city, call 585-428-5990).


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