Leaf Collection (11)
Yes, residents have the option of composting leaves on their property. However, all composting activities must comply with City of Upper Arlington code provisions; see Chapter 6.07 (O). Residents having specific questions regarding composting provisions should contact Code Enforcement at 614-583-5073.
No, only loose leaves are acceptable for this collection program. Do not place other yard waste material such as tree branches, pumpkins, potted plants, grass clippings, soil and other garden waste as it will not be collected; please utilize the curbside yard waste program for disposal of this type of material.
Our goal is to complete a total of five (5) collections on every street before the conclusion of the program.
On average, the City collects approximately 20,000 cubic yards of leaves each season – that is enough leaves to fill the football field at the ‘Shoe, end-zone to end-zone and nearly 10 feet deep!
Leaves should always be placed in the grass near the edge of the street – but not in the street. Leaf piles will not kill grass, although there may be some temporary discoloration.
Crews will always make their best effort to pick up all leaves that are out for collection. However, there are a few circumstances that may prevent crews from being able to reach the leaves including: cars parked in front of or too close to leaf piles, leaves too far from curb (unable to reach with vacuum hose), other debris included in leaf pile, etc.
Safe roadways are always our priority so in the event of a snow event, leaf collection operations would cease until all roadways have been returned to a safe, drivable condition. If leaf collection operations are able to resume after a snow event, residents will be responsible for re-raking any leaves that are pushed back into yard from snow plowing operations. In the event the City is unable to resume leaf collection operations, residents will be asked to bag any remaining leaves and set them out for collection on your normal pick-up day.
Before and after the conclusion of the program, leaves can be bagged and placed at the curb on your normal refuse pickup day or dropped off free of charge at Ohio Mulch.
The dates will vary each year but generally the leaf collection program runs from late October through early December.
While there is no set schedule for leaf collection, residents can better anticipate when crews will be on their street by checking our Leaf Collection Tracking Map. The map is updated daily to show which streets have been completed in each round of collection.
Leaves should be placed on the grass behind the curb, close to the edge of the street – but not in the street – no further than two or three feet behind the curb. Leaf piles will not kill grass, although there may be some temporary discoloration.