THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY LEAF VACUUM PROGRAM
FOR FALL OF 2013
Update: December 8
IMPORTANT NOTE: All leaf collection activities are suspended until further notice due to the winter storm. Leaf collection activities will resume as soon as possible after all winter storm activities have concluded.
MCDOT winter storm activitied can be tracked at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-Highway/snow/snowtrack.html.
December 5, 2013 (SCROLL DOWN FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION) Crews in some leafing areas are running a few days behind the posted date. Please be patient, we will collect your leaves. As of December 4 our crews have collected over 106,000 cubic yards of leaves.
The SECOND round of Leaf Collections started November 20, 2013. We understand that this may be earlier than in previous years. All areas will receive 2 rounds of collections. To address any issues of late dropping leaves, we will schedule an additional 3rd round of collections. This additional 3rd collection will be on an as-needed basis in response to supervisor's area patrols and resident's requests. Notice signs might not be posted.
Check the Posting Log link below to see the estimated Second Round collection dates for your neighborhood. This log will only show the 2 regularly scheduled collections. If the log is blank for your Area and Sub-area please check back later to see when the signs have been posted for the Second Round.
LEAF VACUUMING COLLECTION DISTRICT
General Location Boundaries
If your home is not in the Leaf Collection District, click here for information to become included in the Leaf Collection Program.
Please remember to keep your leaves OUT OF THE STREET!
Placing leaf piles in the street can cause many problems such as:
- Disrupting traffic — many neighborhoods have narrow streets and on-street parking. Large piles of leaves extending out into the roadway limits parking and the ability of vehicles, especially school buses, to safely negotiate the streets.
- Disrupting surface drainage—rain storms can cause leaves and debris to clog storm drains and ditches. This leads to localized flooding.
- Hampering snow removal operations—snow covered leaf piles can become frozen to the roadway surface and can also become extremely heavy, taxing the abilities of our snow plows to move them and slowing down snow clearing in your neighborhood. Snow plow drivers may also mistake snow-covered leaf pile for snow, spreading the leaves all over the street. Residents then have a difficult time raking these scattered leaves back up.
- Posing a fire hazard to vehicles parked over them—there have been many examples of car fires that were caused by the extremely hot catalytic converters of the cars' exhaust system igniting the dry leaves.
- Becoming very slippery in wet weather - causing hazards to vehicles attempting to stop, start or change direction. Accidents have resulted from such causes.
Keeping leaf piles out of the streets prevents these problems. Rest assured that our crews can get your to leaves that are placed on the grass. Any discoloration of the grass is temporary as it is dormant at this time.
The Division of Highway Services no longer directly hires seasonal workers for the leaf collection program. Seasonal workers are being hired by two companies. Please contact them if you wish to work in the leaf collection program:
Earn Contractors - contact Roseanna at 301-749-3880
Colossal Contractors - contact Gloria at 301-476-9060
The 2013 Leaf Collection Season
The Division of Highway Services started the FIRST round of leaf collection services on
Leaf Collection District
The Leaf Collection District is generally south of Bel Pre Road, east of I-270/I-495 and west of New Hampshire Avenue, to the District line. DETAILED MAP
The Leaf Collection Program continues for 6 to 8 weeks, and includes postings for 2 scheduled pick-ups.
First collection. We will post green signs throughout the work areas several days before our crews' arrival. We will attempt to allow a weekend for residents to rake their leaves to the edge of the road for vacuum pick-up. Signs will be removed after our crews complete each street.
The second and final fall collection will begin after Thanksgiving. The timing will depend on weather conditions. Red signs will indicate that this is the final collection. The same posting, collection, and sign removal procedures are used for both vacuum collections.
If you believe that your leaves may have been missed, please contact the MC311 call center by clicking in the MC311 logo on the left or by dialing 311. Additionally, you may call DHS at 240-777-7623.
The actual collection of the leaves can be affected by rain, snow and ice. These factors may cause a longer than normal collection effort. Depending on the severity of the inclement weather (which affects the ability of our leaf vacuums to collect leaves) other means of collection, such as front-end loaders, may be employed.
- Note the information on the posted signs
- Rake leaves to the road edge (see pictures) or place leaves in paper yard waste bags.
- Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
- Keep parked vehicles away from leaf piles
Residents Should Not:
- Place leaf piles in the street (see pictures)
- Place sticks or other debris in the leaves
- Place leaves in plastic bags
- Block access to leaf piles by parking cars on or in front of leaf piles
Thank you for helping us keep our streets safe during the Leaf Collection Program
For any MCDOT service request or complaint, call 311
When dialing outside of the county, call 240-777-0311 or submit via their website.
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Highway Services · Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Questions/Comments · Inside Montgomery County dial 311 · TTY: 240-773-3556
Outside Montgomery County dial 240-777-0311