Leaf pickup schedule for Arlington,Va

Here is the leaf pickup schedule for the second pass from Arlington County. There is also information on where to pick up bags for leaf collection (if you don’t want to just rake them into the street for vacuum pickup), and the upcoming Christmas tree pickup.


Arlington County Leaf Season Update

Department of Environmental Services, Solid Waste Bureau

Ready. Rake. Recycle.

2016 – 2017 Leaf Collection Season

The County collects and recycles your leaves through vacuum trucks, biodegradable bags and in your green organics cart. Please be sure to drive safely around County vehicles. Stay aware as there may be crews servicing the immediate vicinity around parked County vehicles, as well. 

Vacuum Collection Schedule

Check our online vacuum schedule for the complete schedule to find out when the leaf vacuum will be in your neighborhood.

Zone 3: December 7-10

  • Ashton Heights
  • Barcroft
  • Bluemont
  • Cherrydale
  • Lyon Park
  • Lyon Village
  • Stafford-Albemarle-Glebe
  • Tara-Leeway Heights

Zone 4: December 10-14

  • Arlington East Falls Church          
  • Arlington Forest               
  • Arlington Heights             
  • Arlington Ridge 
  • Arlingwood        
  • Buckingham      
  • Chain Bridge      
  • Columbia Forest              
  • Dover Crystal    
  • Rivercrest           
  • Riverwood         
  • Yorktown            

Zone 5: December 14-17

  • Bellevue Forest
  • Donaldson Run
  • Gulf Branch / Country Club Hills
  • Maywood
  • Old Glebe
  • Rock Springs
  • Williamsburg
  • Woodmont

Vacuum Collection 

  • Crews will complete two passes through each neighborhood between November and December, Monday-Saturday, except Thanksgiving Day.
  • Bright yellow and orange leaf collection signs will be posted in your neighborhood two to three days before crews arrive.
  • Plan accordingly to have leaves raked to the curb before scheduled pick-up. If the vacuum collection schedule doesn’t meet your needs, or if you missed the vacuum pass, leaves should be recycled in biodegradable leaf bags or placed in your yard waste cart. Dates are subject to change due to weather and other events.
  • Call 703-228-6565 for a recorded schedule by civic association.

Leaf Bag Collection

Place leaves in biodegradable bags only. Don’t use plastic bags. Leaf bags are now collected year-round on the same day as your regular trash collection day.

Where to Find Leaf Bags

Biodegradable paper leaf bags are available at most hardware stores. Please use any bags left over from spring yard waste collection. Free bags are now out of stock. Remember, you can always place your leaves in your year-round yard waste cart.

Year-Round Yard Waste Collection

Arlington County provides weekly, curbside collection of yard waste to single-family homes, duplexes and some townhomes in Arlington. Yard waste collection will occur each week on your regular scheduled trash collection day. More details can be found in our brochure.

Christmas Tree Collection begins Jan. 2 – 13, 2017

During the first two full weeks in January, Christmas trees are collected curbside for residential homes with trash and recycling service. Residents are reminded to place the tree on the curb no later than 6 a.m. on your regular trash collection day and to remove all decorations, nails, stands and plastic bags. The trees are later ground into wood mulch for garden use. After Jan. 13, please prepare the tree for yard waste collection on your regular trash collection day.

Christmas Tree Drop-Off

Residents who don’t have curbside recycling service, such as those living in townhomes, apartments or condominiums, may also bring their Christmas trees to the Solid Waste Bureau during the Christmas tree collection season. Call 703-228-6570 to schedule an appointment, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Residents will need to show proof of residence in Arlington, such as a driver’s license. 

Interactive Leaf Collection Progress Map

Be sure to follow the leaf vacuum’s progress on our interactive map!

Share Your Colors

Days are getting shorter and the leaves are showing their colors! Share your photo of Arlington’s changing tree canopy or leaf pile with us for a chance to be featured as our Facebook cover photo. Photos can be posted on Facebook or sent to @ArlingtonDES on Twitter.


For more information, visit www.arlingtonva.us and search “Leaf Collection.”

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services

Solid Waste Bureau



Arlington County Holiday closing schedule

Press release from the county

Thanksgiving Holiday Closings Nov. 24 and Nov. 25

  • Arlington County Government offices, courts, libraries & facilities will be closed on Thurs., Nov. 24 & Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, for Thanksgiving.
  • Trash & Recycling Collections – Normal
  • Metered Parking – Not enforced

See the Holiday Schedule page for more information.

Media Contact

Lisa Van Wagner, 703-228-3269

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Teddy Recommends Dog Training

Teddy recently completed Dog Obedience Training. Ok, here’s the real truth…it’s dog owner obedience training. We must be trained to be dog owners, not dog pals or the human pets of our dogs. Sigh. It’s just so hard. Teddy is a rescue who has some “stranger danger” issues. He is an unbelieveably easy dog to train though and when “I’m the boss, alot of his “issues” go away because he doesn’t feel like he has to protect or manage a situation. Not to brag..but at one point the instructor asked Teddy..ok, he asked me to stop showing off. Teddy was a star. I swear if I tell him to stay, I could go away for the weekend and he’ll be in the same spot when I get back. Not going to test that hypothesis though. That would be cruel, and look at that face. Seriously, look at it. It’s hard to remember to “Be the Boss”. I’ll be the one that will need retraining. img_7182Teddy and I both recommend this trainer. Here’s a copy of his flyer. There is a link to the website. http://www.dogsolve.com. I would recommend calling them and finding out when the next class starts. Teddy and I took the training through Arlington County but they have private lessons as well.


And don’t forget, it’s a great time to buy or sell a home. Inventory is stubbornly low so your home is worth more then you think, and you should really start thinking about interest rates if you need to buy something.  Call me 571-228-5656. janejensen@comcast.net

Arlington, Va readies itself for Snow

Arlington has sent out this press release to let us know it’s ready for snow. Last year the county received less then stellar reviews for it’s snow clearing efforts.
With that in mind it looks like the county is gearing up to be better prepared. Maybe that means we won’t get any big snowfalls this year.  Here is the release:

Arlington Ready for Winter

  • $1.38 million budgeted for snow removal
  • Piloting augmented deployment for large snow events
  • 9,200 tons of salt stockpiled
  • Improved snow issues form

After last year’s record-breaking winter, Arlington County is ready to take on the upcoming winter season. Although we can’t predict the weather, our crews have been preparing all year to make sure we can quickly make our roads, sidewalks, bus stops and trails safe and passable after a winter event.

Before, during and after a storm

Once the forecast calls for winter weather — snow, ice or freezing rain — Arlington crews follow our snow removal process and phases. They pre-treat main roads before a storm. During the storm, our priority is to keep main arteries passable for emergency vehicles and public transportation. After the storm, cleanup operations begin, which includes treating ice on the roadways.

The County has budgeted $1.387 million for FY16-17 snow operations. Our team includes 92 drivers and 46 trucks equipped with salt spreaders and plows. Additional contracting equipment is available depending upon the severity of the storm. We have stockpiled 9,200 tons of salt for roads.

snow plow

Plowing snow in Arlington

What’s new this season?

  • Piloting augmented deployment: For snow fall greater than 6-8 inches, we have contracted with more snow plow contractors to deploy plows into high risk residential areas even before primary and secondary roads are cleared.
  • Refining our snow blower loaner program: We lend 25 snow blowers to civic associations and community groups. Based on feedback from residents, we have improved our snow blower loaner program by streamlining the application process, expanding outreach and extending training and support.
  • Improving our snow issues form: We have updated the snow issues form to improve the user experience, better display messages and provide context to users if we are unable to address their report immediately.
  • Expanding odd/even parking outreach: To help our snow plowing efforts, we will be encouraging residents to organize with their neighbors to park on one side of the road to allow snowplow operators to efficiently clear more of the street.
  • Enhancing our snow training program: This year, we added training to make sure our crews are prepared. We also added specialized training which includes support functions for snow operations (e.g., chain shop, brine making, and snow-melter training).

Hitting the trails

The County will continue to clear trails and protected bicycle lanes this snow season as part of our commitment to supporting a transportation system with a range of options. The goal is to ensure accessibility and safety for all types of travel throughout a winter event. Updates will be posted through regular County snow communication channels, as well as on the BikeArlington Forum 

 How you can help

Residents, too, play a role in dealing with the fallout of winter weather. The County’s Snow Removal Ordinance requires all Arlington property owners to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within a certain time frame. Here are some other ways residents can help with our snow removal efforts:

  • Coordinate with neighbors to park cars on one side of the street, where feasible, or avoid on-street parking so snowplow operators can efficiently clear more of the streets
  • Don’t park “head in” on cul-de-sacs so that plows have more room to maneuver
  • Clear your sidewalks and scoop snow towards your house, not the street, BUT
  • Wait for snow plows to come by before clearing snow from the front of driveways, to minimize the amount pushed back by plows
  • Stay home, telework or use mass transit to reduce the number of potentially stranded vehicles
  • Apply only the recommended amount of chemical de-icers on sidewalks to attain a safe and passable way
  • Stay connected through our Snow and Ice Central webpage and our DES social media platforms for updates on snow phases, transportation, trash and other important notifications. Follow us on Twitter @ArlingtonDES and on Facebook at Arlington County Environmental Services.

Residents should report snow-related problems through the “Report a Snow Issue” form found on the Snow and Ice Central webpage. 

Media Contact

Kathryn O’Brien703-228-4952

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Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation’s Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America’s preeminent places to live, visit and do business.