After hearing hundreds of complaints from concerned residents, the DC city government has reneged on its plan to require residents to bag leaves for fall leaf collection this season. The city’s traditional vacuum truck leaf collection will begin on November 9th.
Initial plans called for each household to receive 20 paper bags for residents to use instead of raking leaves to the curbside tree box. The idea was to minimize COVID-19 exposure for the DPW workers on the collection teams. If you’ve ever seen the leaf team in action with dozens of people with rakes and leaf blowers, it looks like a mobile superspreader event.
So much for that.
From the Department of Public Works Website:
The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today that the agency will resume its vacuum leaf program when it begins its 2020 leaf collection campaign on Monday, November 9. When the leaf collection campaign was launched, District households serviced by DPW were asked to rake leaves into paper bags. Paper bags are no longer required for collection. Starting today, residents are asked to rake their leaves, for collection, to the curb or into the tree box at the front of the residence.
Collections will still occur twice in each neighborhood, this year between November 9, 2020, and January 30, 2021.
The bagged leaf collection program was intended to minimize collection crews’ exposure to COVID-19 and encourage composting. Resuming the vacuum collection program will help simplify composting operations and maximize employment opportunities. To continue to ensure our crews’ safety, they will be required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and hand wash and hand sanitize frequently. Vehicles and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized before and after every use.
For more information, collections schedules, and tracking visit dpw.dc.gov/es/service/leaf-collection or by downloading the MyDPW app available on Apple and Android platforms.
Launch the Seasonal Leaf Collection Map.
Download the Frequently asked questions; here.