2021 Leaf Collection

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Please be patient with us as we try to maintain essential services during this health crisis. Our Public Works Department is hard at work and managing with a reduced staff.

Thankfully, Cleveland has been experiencing an early spring in 2021. As such, many in our community have been out working on their lawns. With this in mind, the City has moved up its date for picking up Kraft bags to coincide with the pick-up of loose leaves, April 5-30. Loose leaves will not be picked up after April 30.

Spring leaf collection season will run from April 5, 2021 through April 30, 2021 this year. Sections of the city will be collected on a bi-weekly basis. It is our intention to collect the day following your regularly scheduled refuse collection but this may vary. Residents are asked to place their loose leaves in piles on the tree lawn area between the street and the sidewalk in advance of their scheduled collection week. Leaves should not be placed in the street as it is illegal to do and you could be cited. Leaves can create flooding situations by blocking curb inlets, and can create slippery road conditions which could pose a potential threat to motorists

  • Leaves and yard waste will NOT be collected in plastic bags.
  • Brush, tree and hedge trimmings must be cut and tied into bundles not more than four feet in length and two feet in diameter in order to be collected on your regularly scheduled trash pickup day. Brush that is too large to be tied into bundles can be picked up for an additional charge; arrangements must be made in advance by calling 216-691-7300.

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.

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

Loose brush and cut loose branches may be picked between May and November by requesting a special pickup if there is truck availability and enough man power to do the job. You must get permission prior to putting out the special pickup from the Sanitation Department Supervisor who reserves the right to charge depending on how large the special pickup is. When the service is unavailable then all yard waste must be bagged or tied in bundles, neither weighing more than 40 lbs. and branches no longer than 4 feet.

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 October.
  • Loose leaves that are raked or blown to the tree lawn in the Fall (the month of November) and Spring (the month of April) will be collected (weather permitting) from your property.

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.