Solid Waste

                                Please see below for Loose Leaf Season:

Dear Bartlett Residents,

Here is an update on the status of our loose-leaf collection now that we are a month into the season. Unfortunately, the City is currently dealing with the same staffing issues as the rest of the country, which is limiting the crews we have to collect leaves. Our daily priority is getting the household garbage, brush, bulk items and yard waste cans collected each day then operating our leaf machines with our remaining drivers. 

Because of the ongoing staffing issues, we will have a limited number of leaf machines on the streets which will cause the time between loose-leaf collections to become extended and could take as long as 4 to 6 weeks to complete a sweep of the City. The City will continue to collect loose leaves as long as our staffing allows. 

If you wish to have your leaves picked up in a timelier manner you can bag them and they will be picked up on your regular garbage day. 

Below is some general information about our loose-leaf program. If you would like more information or to read the complete Solid Waste Policy, please visit the Solid Waste page of the City’s web site.

  • Loose-leaf season runs from November 1st through March 31st.
  • Loose-leaf piles should be placed no further than 5 feet from the roadway. If your leaves are piled further than 5 feet from the roadway, our crews will not be able to collect them because of the limitations of our equipment.
  • Loose-leaf piles should be loose leaves ONLY and be free of all other debris such as limbs, sticks, twigs, rocks, or bricks.
  • Loose-leaf piles are for NO reason to be placed in the roadway or drainage ditches.
  • Loose-leaves that become scattered after they have been placed at the curb will not be cleaned up by the City.


Michael J. Adams

Director, Bartlett Public Works


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. 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. 

Items that the Solid Waste Division will NOT collect:

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Please see the provided link for the complete Solid Waste Policy:

Solid Waste Policy (PDF)

What We Do

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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

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Use the provided interactive map to find out your sanitation pickup schedule for your location.


  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
  • 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!