Concord Fall Leaf Collection
The City of Concord made changes this year to its Fall Leaf Collection program. As an additional service to supplement the regular bulk leaf collection, the City added three weeks of bagged collection to provide more opportunity for residents to participate in collection. Watch our video overview above and read full program details below, including specific information and collection dates for this year's program.
Bulk Fall Leaf Collection
Bulk leaf collection started on October 29th with three crews collecting in different areas of the city using leaf vacuums. Early winter weather suspended bulk leaf collection as of November 14th, as crews had to switch equipment on trucks and focus attention to winter operations. Bulk leaf collection is a weather dependent program that faces the risk every year of not reaching all residents before the onset of winter weather. Crews were able to complete bulk collection for many areas as indicated on the Fall Leaf Collection Map.
Bagged Fall Leaf Collection
The City of Concord added three weeks of bagged fall leaf collection this year. Bagged collection started on November 19th and continued through December 7th. A bagged collection was added to our leaf collection program to allow more predictability and opportunity for residents to participate. The bagged program was a success for residents that elected to participate. We thank the residents that planned accordingly to bag their leaves early ahead of the snow storms to avoid snow cover.
The City of Concord's contractor for trash and recycling, Casella Waste Systems, collected leaves in biodegradable yard waste bags or labeled rigid containers. Due to variable leaf volumes at the curb, leaf collection may have occurred on a different day than trash collection. Leaves were required to be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during bagged collection to not miss collection. This allowed Casella to have a separate leaf collection from trash collection to minimize delays in trash routes and maximize overall efficiency.
Residents were encouraged to bag their leaves to guarantee collection. Bagged collection provided an opportunity for residents to bag any leaves that our Highway and Utilities Division were not able to collect through bulk collection. Also, bagged collection did not end early in the event of the winter weather. The winter weather happened to set in early, and bulk collection had to be suspended for crews to shift priority to winter operations, but bagged collection still continued through December 7th to allow residents the opportunity to dispose of their leaves.
Gelinas Excavation & Earth Recycling Center is closed for the season due to weather conditions.
Only leaves are collected. Branches, rocks, brush, and miscellaneous items are not collected. Leaves collected are taken to several locations for composting. Subscribe to the General Services calendar or Notify Me to receive notifications of future Fall Leaf Collection dates and other important events.
Provide Your Feedback
We realize our bulk leaf collection faces some challenges, including: collecting leaves too early from an area before all the leaves have fallen, suspending collection before reaching all residents due to the onset of winter weather, and the uncertainty of when collection will occur due to unpredictable leaf volumes and weather conditions. However, we also have heard from many residents that the bulk collection is a very convenient and appreciated program. Adding a bagged collection to our existing bulk collection adds an additional service to address these challenges, while providing more predictability and opportunity for residents to participate. We hope Concord residents appreciate the City of Concord’s new Concord Fall Leaf Collection.
Fall Leaf Collection Feedback Form
We invite you to share your thoughts with us on this program change. Please fill out our short form to provide us with your feedback on this year's Concord Fall Leaf Collection. Your submission is anonymous and will provide information to help us improve our program to better serve the community. We thank you for your feedback.