Concord Fall Leaf Collection
Concord's Fall Leaf Collection started November 1 with bulk leaf collection. Bagged leaf collection started on November 22. Find full program information, detailed maps, frequently asked questions, and more below.
Bulk Fall Leaf Collection
Bulk leaf collection started on November 1. Three crews started collection in different areas of the city using trackless leaf loaders. This equipment requires participating residents to rake leaves loosely into the street for a one-time collection and to keep leaves in a tight windrow along the curb. Crews work as weather permits and are only able to collect from areas once since there is a limited time for collection before the onset of winter.
The trackless leaf loaders proved to be successful again this year, allowing road crews to efficiently collect leaves throughout the entire city, ahead of any snowstorms this year. View our Fall Leaf Collection Map to see that crews have been able to get to all areas of the city. Zoom in on the map to the color-coded crew routes to view the dates of completed collection.
Bagged Fall Leaf Collection
Bagged leaf collection started on November 22 and will continue through December 10. Unlike bulk collection (which is weather dependent), snow will not suspend bagged leaf collection. However, to avoid leaves getting covered in snow it is important to still be prepared for weather and bag leaves early if necessary.
Bagged leaves are collected by the City's trash and recycling vendor, Casella. Residents that receive curbside trash collection can elect to participate in bagged leaf collection. However, bagged leaf collection in the fall will not necessarily coincide with trash collection like it does in the spring due to variable leaf volumes at the curb. Leaves must be placed at the curb at the beginning of the week, regardless of your trash collection day. Leaves must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during the three weeks of bagged collection (Nov. 22, Nov. 29, & Dec. 6). Leaf collection may occur ahead or behind your trash collection, depending on the amount of leaves at the curb in the city. This separate leaf collection will allow Casella to minimize any possible delays in trash collection and will maximize overall efficiency. Bagged leaf collection requires all leaves to either be bagged in biodegradable yard waste bags (available at local retailers), placed in rigid containers labeled "leaves," or a combination of both.
Residents are encouraged to participate in bagged leaf collection to guarantee collection. This is the fourth year for bagged fall leaf collection and it has been a great success! Bagged collection has added more predictability, more opportunity, and an alternative option with three separate guaranteed collections. Bagged collection also provides an opportunity for residents to bag any leaves that our Highway and Utilities Division were not able to collect through bulk collection. Please remember that bulk collection occurs only once and crews will not return to areas already collected, so bagged collection is perfect to remove any remaining leaves. We encourage residents to consider bagging their leaves early to ensure leaves are ready ahead of the possibility of early snow. Please plan accordingly to the weather.
Residents also have the option to bring their leaves to a local farm or to Gelinas Excavation & Earth Recycling Center. Disposal is free at Gelinas Excavation & Earth Recycling Center with proof of residency and if the load is smaller than a non-commercial pick-up truck. Brush, branches, and limbs can be dropped off separately for a nominal fee. Loads must be 100% free of any unacceptable materials. Residents will be required to empty contents of bags or containers when disposing of leaves (bags or containers must be taken back with you). Visit www.concordnh.gov/earthmaterialsrecycling for more information.
Only leaves will be collected. Branches, rocks, brush, and miscellaneous items will not be 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.
Program Questions & Concerns
We realize our bulk leaf collection faces some challenges, including: collecting leaves too early from an area before all the leaves have fallen, having to suspend 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 know bulk collection provides convenience and is an appreciated program. Adding the bagged collection in 2018 added an additional service to address the challenges of bulk collection while providing more predictability and opportunity for residents to participate in leaf collection.
Starting in 2019 crews in the south end joined the east side crew and Penacook crew in rotating their starting location each year for bulk collection. Now all three crews alternate where they start collecting leaves each year in order to provide a more fair collection for residents.
2021 Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Please view our updated FAQs for this season below: