- Public Works
- Solid Waste
Loose Leaf Season Runs From
November 1st through March 31st
At NO TIME should loose leaves be placed in the roadway or drainage ditch
Leaf Collection Policy:
There are four (4) ways that you can dispose of the leaves from your yard:
- Mulching: This is a simple and natural way to recycle your leaves by mulching them up with your lawn mower. Not only does this allow the natural nutrients to return to the soil it helps the City keep your Solid Waste fees down.
- Yard Waste Carts: The City offers a 95 gallon yard waste cart for purchase to its residents for $55.00. This cart is used for mulchable materials only such as leaves, sticks, and small trimmings and other organic yard waste. Unfortunately these carts cannot be used for grass clippings because there are no mulch contractors that will accept grass clippings. Once purchased the cart is the property of the resident. A maximum of three (3) yard waste carts per residents is allowed.
- Bagging: You can bag your leaves and place them at the curb for collection on your scheduled pickup day. This is the most efficient way to ensure your leaves are collected in a timely manner. Leaf bags should weigh no more than fifty (50) pounds each. At no time are leaf bags to be placed in the roadway. Leaf bags should not be placed under low hanging power, cable or phone lines, in drainage ditches, around fire hydrants, next to utility poles or their support cables, cable or phone boxes, power transformers or mailboxes.
- Loose Leaf Collection: From November 1st through March 31st only loose leaves will be collected by the City’s leaf vacuum trucks. During this time residents may place their loose leaves at the curb or shoulder of the roadway in a dome shaped pile or windrow. The leaf pile or windrow should be loose leaves only and be free of all other debris such as limbs, sticks or twigs. Leaves must be placed no more than five (5) feet from the pavement and at no time should the leaves be placed in the roadway or drainage ditch. The City’s loose leaf crews will make one full collection of the City before beginning another collection cycle. The time between collections varies depending upon the volume of leaves out for collection. Sometimes it may be four (4) to six (6) weeks between collections. Loose leaves that become scattered after they have been placed in piles or windrows will not be cleaned up by the City.
Solid Waste Brush Debris Policy
Please read the document concerning our Brush Debris Policy. We are having an over abundance of citizens putting out large piles of brush at one time.
Yard waste and mulchable materials are defined as trimmings from bushes, shrubbery, trees, wooden fencing, boards etc., that are generated during the routine maintenance of a residence. This material is taken to an area mulch contractor to be recycled into useable mulch.
In order to provide timely collections for the entire community, the City will pick-up twelve (12) cubic yards of debris per week from each residence. That is a pile that is approximately thirteen (13) feet long x five (5) feet wide x five feet (5) high.
Yard waste and mulchable materials should be neatly piled behind the curb by 7:00 am on the day of your scheduled collection. All mulchable materials are to be piled separate from other debris and no more than ten (10) feet from the pavement.
Any yard waste or mulchable materials placed out for pick up can be no longer than eight (8) feet or larger than two (2) feet in diameter.
At no time are yard waste and mulchable materials to be placed in the roadway. Items should not be placed under low hanging power, cable or phone lines, in drainage ditches, around fire hydrants, next to utility poles or their support cables, cable or phone boxes, power transformers or mailboxes.
Items that the Solid Waste Division will NOT collect:
- Bricks or concrete blocks
- Household Hazardous Waste (https://shelbycountytn.gov/439/Household-Hazardous-Waste)
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Please see the provided link for the complete Solid Waste Policy:
What We Do
Our Solid Waste Division is one of the most complete and efficient operations in the State. We recycle roughly 40% of the solid waste generated by our residents through a combination of our yard waste collections and drop-off recycling centers. To learn about these services and more, select from the menu on the left side of this screen.
Sanitation Pickup Schedule
Use the provided interactive map to find out your sanitation pickup schedule for your location.
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January observed)
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Please remember that Solid Waste services will be delayed one day following each of these holidays!