Leaf & Yard Debris Collection

Leaves & Small Yard Debris Preparation

Items to Package in Kraft or Brown Grocery Bags:

  • Yard Waste
  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Weeds
  • Trimmings from flowers and/or bushes

Leaf Considerations

  • Please do not rake or blow leaves into the street where they are a safety hazard and could also block drains.
  • It is illegal to burn leaves in the City of Cleveland Heights.
  • View the Loose Leaf Collection Schedule (PDF) for your neighborhood.

Larger Yard Debris Preparation

  • Brush, tree and hedge trimmings must be cut and tied securely into bundles no larger than four feet in length and two feet in diameter. 
    • Size limitation is established in the interest of employee safety and is strictly enforced.
  • Christmas trees should be placed on the tree lawn for the regular collection. These items must be completely removed:
    • Lights
    • Metal Stands
    • Nails
    • Ornaments
    • Plastic bags
  • Leaves and brush must be kept in separate piles on the tree lawn.
    • Combined piles cannot be collected.
  • Logs: Cut no more than 18 inches in length and 6 inches in diameter and stacked

Frequently Asked Questions

Locate answers to common questions regarding the City's yard debris collection services

Special Requests

Large piles of loose brush will only be collected by special request.

Please call the Public Works Department at 216-691-7300 to make arrangements for collection.

Improper Packaging

Yard debris will not be collected if packaged in:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Animal Feed
  • Other Food Bags

Weight Limits

Bags may weight no more than 40 pounds each. Weight limitations are established in the interest of employee safety and are strictly enforced. 

Kraft Bag Collection Seasons & Days

  • Kraft bags are only collected from April through December.
  • Loose leaves that are raked or blown to the tree lawn in the Fall (the month of November) will be collected (weather permitting) from your property.
  • Loose leaves will be collected October 30 through December 1, 2017 every other week the day after your refuse and recycling collection.  
    • For example, if your refuse / recycling collection day is a Thursday, expect to have your loose leaves that have been raked or blown to the tree lawn to be picked up on Friday.  If Friday is your collection day, leaves will be picked up on Monday.

Snow Impacts & Considerations

  • If snow begins to fall during the loose leaf collection season, it becomes nearly impossible to maintain the collection schedule. 
  • The same workers and many of the same vehicles collecting leaves are used for snow and ice control. 
  • If snow completely covers the leaves, they cannot be collected. 
  • A light snow or rain will greatly reduce the efficiency of the leaf collection operation.