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Leaves, leaves, everywhere
What should I do with all of my leaves?
The City of Dallas officials recommend that residents dispose of leaves in an environmentally responsible way.  Leaves raked into the street can cause drainage problems because they can clog gutters and storm sewers.  Also, they can blow onto neighbors’ properties.  City street sweeper vehicles cannot handle large quantities of leaves and leaf pick-up crews will be working in a limited capacity compared to previous years. 

Probably the easiest solution is to place them in your yard debris bin provided by Allied Waste.  They will be picked up as part of your regular garbage service. 

If you have too many leaves, as many Dallas residents do, you may bring them to any of the three drop-off sites in the City.  The locations accept leaves from October 15 thru December 31. 

The locations are as follows:

           1) The gravel lot west of the ball fields at Lyle Elementary School
           2) The parking lot at the Dallas City Park at the end of Allgood Street
           3) The far east end of Hankel Street in front of the barricade

You may consider "recycling” leaves by spreading them out across the lawn, then simply run back and forth over them a few times with the lawn mower.  These finely chopped leaves act as light mulch for the lawn over the winter.  The mulch will decompose by spring.

Leaves should not be treated as trash.  While leaves may be emptied into regular trash carts, it is an expensive and un-environmentally-friendly way to dispose of them.  More importantly, leaves treated as trash take up valuable space at the landfill.

Can I place my leaves in the street?
Yes, leaves can be placed in the street, but only between November 1 and December 15.  City crews will be by two to three times to pick them up.  This will be in a limited capacity compared to the previous years. 

Please keep in mind:
  • Leaves should be raked into the street in small piles
  • Be careful to avoid blocking the roadway. 
  • Please be sure to keep the piles away from the storm drains and at least 18 inches from the curb to allow water to drain.
  • Please note:  Our equipment can only pick up leaves.  Do not place trimmings, brush, grass, or other debris in the street. 

Please watch the front page of the website for actual pick-up dates and what zone crews are working in.  The Itemizer Observer will be notified two weeks prior to pick-up dates. 

[Leaf Zone Pick-up Map...] 

What if I want extra leaves?
Leaves are available to the public.  Please feel free to pick up leaves at any of the three drop-off sites listed above.  If you are interested in large quantities, please contact our public works department to arrange for possible delivery.

More Information

Please contact our Public Works Department at 503.831.3562 or email