Curbside Leaf Collection & Tree Programs

Final Weeks of Curbside Leaf Collection

A final Citywide curbside leaf collection will occur during the first two weeks of January, weather permitting. Look for the posted signs in your neighborhood to know when and where curbside leaf collection will occur. Refer to the city website for the most up-to-date collection schedule. After the final leaf vacuuming occurs, soft yard waste can be set out for collection on your regular collection day. Soft yard waste includes leaves, grass and soft clippings. These types of items can be placed in paper yard waste bags, the beige yard waste cart, or reusable containers with a City yard trim decal (decals can be picked up for free at Public Works) for collection.

Curbside Leaf Collection Do’s and Don’ts:

  • No bagging is necessary during leaf collection with vacuums. Grass can be included in your leaf piles, however, no vines or woody trimmings.
  • Rake leaves to the curb. Do not put them in the street. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains. The leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars.
  • Remove vines or woody yard waste, tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. These items can damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable. Dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Leaf vacuuming only occurs in the fall/early winter.

Click here for the leaf plan and leaf plan calendar.

College Park Tree Programs

Trees provide many benefits including reduced cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increased property values and improved air quality. The City offers a few ways to help.

The City has a program that provides for street tree planting in the right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk. The location will be inspected to see if it is suitable. College Park residents interested in a tree can email or call 240-487-3590.

City property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually for approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot. The completed application should be approved prior to planting. For more information and the application, visit:, email or call 240-487-3590.

For more information about City tree programs and tips, please visit

Tree Maintenance

The City is responsible for tree maintenance in the rights-of-way, City maintained buildings and parks, and on public property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.