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Fall Leaf Collection

Thursday, October 19, 2017


The Department of Public Works & Parks will begin collecting leaves starting November 6, 2017.

The Fall Leaf Collection Program for 2017 begins the first week of November and typically takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete, depending on the weather. The goal of the collection is to keep catch basins clear and prevent any flooding conditions.

Streets will be posted prior to leaf collection to provide advance notification to residents that a no parking ban 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM will be in effect while leaves are being collected. Those cars interfering with collection may receive a $50 parking ticket. Up-to-date information on where leaf collection is occurring will be listed on this page as well as advertised in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Government Channel and also by calling the Customer Service Center at (508) 929-1300. For more information, please view our Fall Leaf Collection Program PSA (5:36).

  • Rake leaves and grass clippings from sidewalk and property areas to the edge of the street gutter. You can also use paper, biodegradable bags to hold your leaves.
  • When you see that your street is posted with leaf collection flyers you can THEN push the row of leaves into the gutter.
  • Do not block catch basins, which may cause flooding during a rainstorm, or park on top of piles of leaves, which could cause a fire.
  • Leaves will not be collected in those areas where residents rake leaves into the street after the street has been swept. Early or late put out piles may result in a citation and fine of up to $200.
  • Only leaves and grass clippings can be collected with leaf collection equipment (no plastic bags of leaves, brush or branches).
  • Any brush or tree branches must be taken to the Ballard-Millbury Street DPW Yard Waste Drop-Off site.
  • Bagged leaves can be taken to the Ballard-Millbury Street, Clark Street (near the intersection of East Mountain Street) or Chandler Street (across from Foley Stadium) sites on Wednesdays from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM November) and Sundays from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Sunday hours are at the Ballard-Millbury Street site only).
  • If your street is in the Thursday or Tuesday trash collection areas, you may wish to take your leaves to one of the yard waste drop-off sites. This will ensure that an early winter storm will not cause a delay or postponement of the collection program which may result in your leaves not being collected at the curb.
  • If you are a homeowner and you are elderly or disabled, you may qualify for assistance. Please view the List of Referrals for Leaf Raking/Removal or contact the DPW&P Customer Service Center at (508) 929-1300.
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