City of Cleveland Seasonal Leaf Pick-up Program to Begin Nov. 4

The City of Cleveland will begin its seasonal leaf pick-up program Nov. 5, 2018. Residents will see city workers and vehicles in designated neighborhoods thereafter for eight weeks, weather permitting. The convenient program provides pick-ups in high leaf-generation areas (view map and list of designated locations, view the fact sheet) reducing the need for residents to manually collect leaves.

What to Expect

  • Residents in the designated high leaf-generation areas should expect leaf pick-up signs posted one week prior to service. See example →Leaf pick up
  • To streamline the pick-up process, residents are encouraged to rake leaves from their property onto the tree lawn.
  • To accommodate city crews, residents are asked to park off-street, if possible, during the service period. Each area will be serviced a minimum of two times within the 8-week period (weather permitting).

High leaf-generation areas are determined through assessments by the Division of Urban Forestry and the Department of Public Works. These areas have the highest concentration of city-owned trees located on tree lawns and/or those areas potentially causing flooding or other hazardous conditions. The city’s six service stations will systematically deploy sweepers, leaf machines, end loaders, and leaf blowers in these areas.

An additional 24 seasonal drivers and 16 seasonal laborers have been added to the Division of Streets to help support the program. Crews will operate Monday through Friday from 7a.m. – 9p.m. for the duration of the program.

Residents outside of the high-generation areas can bag any leaves gathered in their yards and set it out with their trash on their designated waste collection day. These residents are allowed up to 20 bags of leaves during the fall season.

For more information about the Cleveland Department of Public Works or the leaf pick-up program, visit