Monday, March 27, 2023

Spring leaf collection ahead in Rockville

The City of Rockville may not collect trash twice a week anymore, but among the perks the municipal government still provides is a spring leaf collection. Vacuuming of leaves will take place across the city from April 3-14, 2023. 

Residents should rake leaves into piles next to - but not in - roadways, gutters and bike lanes. Keep leaves away from parked vehicles. Leaves should be raked by 6:00 AM on the first day of their collection period, but no earlier than one week before the collection dates, to avoid grass damage or fire hazards. Remove sticks and other objects that can either be propelled by leaf blowers or clog machinery. Avoid parking near leaf piles - you can not only ignite a fire under your car, but you'll also be blocking the collection crew's access to the leaf piles.

Remember that spring leaf collection crews make only one pass around the city, instead of the two they make in the fall. If you should miss the pickup date in your area (check your leaf collection status on the city map), you can still collect them in biodegradable paper lawn bags or 32-gallon trash cans (without plastic garbage bags), and put them out on your normal refuse and recycling collection day. You can also convert your leaves into mulch or compost, or use them to fertilize your lawn.

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