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



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