Concord Fall Leaf Collection
Concord's Fall Leaf Collection will return with bulk leaf collection starting on Monday, October 31 and bagged leaf collection will begin on Monday, November 21. Find full program information, detailed maps, frequently asked questions, and more below.
Bulk Fall Leaf Collection
Starts October 31, 2022
Bulk leaf collection will start on Monday, October 31 and continue as weather permits. Participating residents may rake leaves loosely to the curb for a one-time collection. Crews will start collection in different areas of the city (view maps below) and work their way to areas as weather permits. Be prepared for the weather. Snow may suspend bulk collection. Crews will do their best to resume bulk collection if possible if weather conditions change, but this cannot be guaranteed since this program is dependent upon the weather. Residents are encouraged to participate in our bagged collection program (more information below) to have guaranteed leaf collection. Since there is a limited time for crews to get through the city before the onset of winter, they can only come by for collection once. Crews work with a focus on residential drainage areas to keep the City's storm water system clear. Crews will not return to a location already collected. Residents that elect to participate in bulk leaf collection are advised to have leaves ready at the curb by the start of the program to not miss collection. There is no set timeline for when crews will reach certain areas. Unpredictable leaf volumes and weather conditions make it not possible to know an exact schedule as to when areas will receive collection, so please be ready!
Trackless leaf loaders are used to collect leaves loosely raked to curb for bulk collection. This requires residents that participate in bulk leaf collection to rake all leaves fully into the street so that leaves are reachable for collection. Avoid piling leaves and keep leaves tight along the curb or edge of the road/sidewalk to keep streets clear. Please avoid on-street parking Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until collection is completed on the street to not block access to leaves.
Crew Starting Locations
Our Highway and Utilities Division will have three crews starting at different areas of the city to perform bulk leaf collection. These three crews alternate their starting locations each year. Here are the starting locations for our crews this year:
1. Crew 1: South End
Our first crew will start at the Bow town line and work north, as shown in green.
2. Crew 2: Penacook
Our second crew will start at Blossom Hill Cemetery and work north towards Penacook, as shown in purple.
3. Crew 3: East Side
Our third crew will start on Mountain Road near Fairview Drive and work south along the east side of the Merrimack River, as shown in orange.
Fall Leaf Collection Maps
View our Fall Leaf Collection Crew Sector Map to see a full map outline of where crews will focus collection (residential areas within the City’s drainage system).
Once collection starts, our Fall Leaf Collection Map will be updated by the end of each work day to display areas that crews have finished collecting. Zoom in on the map to the color-coded crew routes to view the dates of completed collection. The map can provide a general idea of the vicinity of crews (although the course of direction is subject to change). We do advise residents to have leaves ready at the curb by the start of the program so they are ready for when crews come by. It cannot be predicted when crews will reach certain areas since uncertain weather and leaf volumes will determine how quickly crews can collect.
Veterans Day Collection
The only predetermined scheduled bulk leaf collection is for the area around Concord High School in coordination with the Veterans Day holiday school closure. This area is scheduled for leaf collection on Veterans Day each year to minimize public disturbance and in consideration of public safety with less activity in the area. The public is advised to please avoid parking next to leaf piles in this area on this day to not block equipment from collecting leaves. As shown on the map below, streets outlined in yellow will receive bulk leaf collection on Friday, November 11, 2022. Crews will resume collection in their previously designated areas after the holiday.
Bagged Fall Leaf Collection
November 21, 2022 - December 9, 2022
Bagged leaf collection will start on Monday, November 21 and continue through Friday, December 9, regardless of weather. 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. 21, Nov. 28, & Dec. 5). Leaf collection may occur ahead or behind your trash collection, depending on the amount of leaves at the curb. 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. The three weeks of bagged collection will once again run simultaneously with the last anticipated weeks of bulk collection (weather depending), allowing residents to put out any remaining leaves before collection ends for the season.
Residents are encouraged to participate in bagged leaf collection to guarantee collection. This is the fifth 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 were not able to be collected 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. This bag program is the perfect way to ensure all leaves have been collected before the leaf collection program comes to an end.
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 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 facility hours and more information.
Only leaves will be collected. Pine needles, pine cones, and acorns are also acceptable. Branches, rocks, brush, and miscellaneous items will not be collected. Leaves collected are taken to several locations for composting.
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. Crews do rotate their starting locations each year in order to provide residents with a fair opportunity for collection. 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.
2022 Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Please view our updated FAQs for this season below: