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Fall Leaf Collection begins Monday October 6th. We will continue to collect leaves and yard waste as long as weather permits, usually into the first week of December. You may also bring your material to our drop off sites.


Find out where our crews are in your neighborhood.

Fall Leaf collection begins Monday October 6th. During the first two weeks of the program we limit the number of crews assigned to to the program due to the low work load. We will gradually increase our staffing as the volume of material picks up. There are no set number of rounds of collection in the fall. The program will continue as long as weather permits.

Use the links below to access maps of each collection district. These maps will provide more detailed information on our location in the area we are currently working in. If we are no in your area, you will find our best estimate of when we plan to get to your refuse collection district.

I live on the East Side (includes downtown)

I live on the West Side


How should I put my leaves and yard waste out for collection?

We prefer that you pile your leaves loose at the street edge. Keep leaves separate from brush and avoid piling them around or next too mail boxes, trees and utility poles. Do not put leaves in the street. When you put leaves in the streets they can be washed into our lakes where the nutrients contribute to algae growth. It is also against Madison Ordinance to place leaf piles in the street.

You may cover your leaf piles with tarps of plastic sheeting to prevent them from blowing around.

If you must bag your leaves, please leave the bags open at the top and use compostable paper leaf bags if possible. This will help us identify what is in the bags and will speed collection as all plastic bags must be emptied.

Is this collection just for leaves?

No, we are also collecting yard and garden waste. Yard waste is grass clippings, leaves, plant debris and twigs less than 18" long. You can also place your pumpkins with your leaves for collection. Just add your pumpkins to your leave pile and they will be composted.