Leaves, Grass & Brush Collection
Learn how to prepare yard waste for seasonal collection by City crews.
April 15 to October 15: Yard Waste Bag Season
From mid-April to mid-October, the City requests that residents use brown yard waste bags (available at area stores) for all yard waste, except brush.
- Bags should be placed on the tree lawn by 7:30 a.m. the same day as your scheduled refuse collection.
- The City will collect a maximum of ten bags per pick-up.
- There is a 40-pound weight limit per bag.
During this season, two separate crews collect rubbish and yard waste. The EPA prohibits collection of yard waste with rubbish.
Yard Waste Bag Guidelines
The City sends yard waste bags to a facility for composting. Only easily composted organic materials belong in your yard-waste bag.
Bags should contain only the following:
- Grass clippings
- Weeds and cuttings from leafy plants
- Other organic leafy waste
Bags should never contain:
- Gardening-related plastic
- Other non-organic materials
- Dog waste in plastic bags
- Brush (see below)
The City will not collect yard waste bags contaminated with non-organic materials. Crews will place stickers reading "Unable to Pick Up" on contaminated bags. Residents may remove the contamination and place the bag out for delivery the following week.
Please also note:
- Brush also does not belong in yard-waste bags. Brush (tree branches and cuttings from large shrubs) is recycled separately from yard-waste bags and should be placed directly on your tree lawn. See below for more information.
- Dirt can also cause problems with yard-waste bags due to its weight, especially the weight of our Northeast Ohio clay soil. Please be mindful of the 40 pound weight limit per bag. Bags exceeding this limit will not be collected.
View a video about what belongs in yard-waste bags (and what doesn't).
Note: At no time may leaves, grass, rubbish or brush be placed on center strips, park areas or in the street.
Tree limbs, woody cuttings from mature shrubs, and large branches are all considered brush. The City collects brush from tree lawns every two weeks, except during Leaf Collection Season (see below).
- Cut brush/tree trimmings into piles no larger than 4 feet long and 2 feet wide and weighing no more than 40 pounds.
- Neatly stack brush piles parallel and close to the curb, away from trees, poles, signs and fire hydrants. No brush may be placed on City green spaces.
- Tie bundles with twine if possible. This makes manual pick-up easier and reduces risk of property damage from collection equipment.
- Only logs less than 6 inches wide and under 18 inches long are picked up. Larger logs are picked up for a fee.
October 15 to December 15: Leaf Collection Season
Collection teams will pass through the entire City as often as possible, about every two weeks, depending upon the volume of leaves on the ground, weather and equipment. Leaf collection is the top priority at this time of year. We hope to remove all leaves prior to snow plowing season.
- During leaf collection season, collection of brush is limited.
- Leaf collection crews will collect yard waste bags as they pass through the City, not on refuse collection days.
The City appreciates your efforts to follow these important guidelines:
- Rake leaves to the tree lawn, away from trees, hydrants and street signs, and not into the street.
- Do not mix brush and/or tree branches in with leaves - the "One-Man Leaf Vacuum Truck" cannot collect brush or branches.
- Please note that leaves raked into the street cause problems, including:
- A tempting and dangerous place for children to play.
- Entrance into the storm water sewer system, where they may cause blockage in the storm sewers and back-ups into homes in the neighborhood.
- Older vehicles or those without catalytic converter shields risk igniting piles of dried leaves.
- Leaf trucks cannot pull close to the curb. This prevents other vehicles from passing safely.
- Snow plows push uncollected leaves throughout the neighborhood.
- Cars parked in front of leaf piles prevent leaf trucks from picking up leaves.
December 15 to March 31
Leaf collection typically ends by mid-to-late December. Brush collection is maintained as weather permits. Crews are busy with snow removal between December and March.