Concord Fall Leaf Collection
We are listening! We heard you and introduced a three week bagged leaf collection to last year’s program to provide an alternative and guaranteed collection method. Now, we have heard residents from the south end and have agreed that we will begin to alternate the starting location of bulk collection (just like we do for the north and east side) to provide a more fair and equal opportunity for participation in our program. The City has carefully considered this recommendation and agrees it is the fair and right thing to do. Find more information, detailed maps, frequently asked questions, and more below.
Your feedback has helped us hear you. We thank everyone that took the time to fill out our survey last year. We are happy to hear how well received the new bagged collection is and we hope that adding the south end to our starting rotations will improve the overall service of our program. Please consider submitting a feedback form this year to let us know your thoughts on this year’s change and the program overall. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find our feedback form.
Bulk Fall Leaf Collection
October 28, 2019 - December 6, 2019 (weather permitting)
Our Highway and Utilities Division will use leaf vacuums to collect leaves that are raked loosely to the curb (unbagged). Bulk leaf collection will start on October 28th and continue as weather permits through December 6th. 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.
There will be three crews starting at different areas of the city. New this year, the south end crew will not start at the Bow town line and work north – this crew will instead start at Blossom Hill Cemetery and work south. The crew collecting in the south end will now begin to alternate their starting location each year, just as the other two crews do for the north and east side. We heard your feedback on this and agree that this change will be more equitable for residents. The second crew will start on Elm Street in Penacook and work south. The third crew will start on Manchester Street and work north on the east side of the river.
Crew 1: Blossom Hill Cemetery - South
Crew 2: Elm Street (Penacook) - South
Crew 3: Manchester Street – North (East of Merrimack River)
View our Fall Leaf Collection Crew Sector Map to see a full map of where our crews plan to collect. There is a limited time for crews to get through the city before the onset of winter. Due to this, crews can only come by once and work as weather permits, focusing on residential roads with drainage areas to keep the City’s stormwater system clear. Crews will not return to a location already collected. Residents are advised to have their leaves to 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 when areas will receive collection, so be ready!
Once collection starts, our Fall Leaf Collection Map will be updated daily during the week to display areas that crews have finished collecting. Please note that the map is not available in real time and only displays roads completed from the previous day, but can be used to provide a general idea of the vicinity of crews (although the course of direction is subject to change). Zoom in on the map to the color-coded crew routes to view the dates of completed collection.
Veterans Day Collection
The only area that has a predetermined scheduled collection is 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. The public is advised to please avoid parking next to leaf piles in this area on this day to not block our equipment from safely collecting leaves. As shown on the map below, streets outlined in yellow will receive bulk leaf collection on Monday, November 11, 2019. Crews will resume collection in their previously designated areas after the holiday.
Bagged Fall Leaf Collection
November 18, 2019 - December 6, 2019
Last year we introduced bagged leaf collection for the first time in the fall, and we’re happy to see that it was a big success! Bagged collection has added more predictability, more opportunity, and a guaranteed collection alternative.
Again this year, there will be three weeks of bagged collection that will run simultaneously with the last weeks of bulk collection (detailed above). Bagged collection will start on November 18th and continue through December 6th. Unlike bulk leaf collection, bagged collection is not weather dependent and will continue through December 6th as planned.
The City of Concord's contractor for trash and recycling, Casella Waste Systems, will collect leaves in biodegradable yard waste bags and/or labeled rigid containers. Leaves must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday during bagged collection. 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. Leaf collection may occur ahead of your trash collection or behind your trash collection, depending on the amount of leaves at the curb. This will allow Casella to separate leaf collection from trash collection, minimizing any possibly delays in trash routes and maximizing overall efficiency of collection.
Residents are encouraged to bag their leaves to guarantee collection. Bagged collection will also provide an opportunity for residents to bag any leaves that our Highway and Utilities Division were not able to collect through bulk collection. Our Highway and Utilities Division will not be returning to any areas they have already collected, but residents can still get rid of any remaining leaves with the bagged collection. Residents that participate in bagged collection will have three separate guaranteed collections during the weeks of the bagged program. Bagged collection will not end early in the event of winter weather. If the winter weather happens to set in early, bulk collection will be suspended for crews to shift priority to winter operations, but bagged collection will still continue through December 6th to allow residents the opportunity to dispose of their leaves. We thank residents that proactively bagged their leaves ahead of the early snow last year to ensure their leaves were ready and collected. We recommend planning accordingly again this year. This three week 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 also bring their leaves to a local farm or to Gelinas Excavation & Earth Recycling Center. Disposal is free at Gelinas Excavation & Earth Recycling Center 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. Proof of residency is required. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Provide Your Feedback
We realize our bulk leaf collection faces some challenges, including: collecting leaves too early from an area before all the leaves have fallen, suspending 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 also have heard from many residents that the bulk collection is a very convenient and appreciated program. Adding the bagged collection last year to our existing bulk collection adds an additional service to address these challenges, while providing more predictability and opportunity for residents to participate in our program. Your feedback last year expressed the appreciation for this added bagged collection and proved it to be a success. We heard you again and have made some changes again this year to include the south end with our alternating starting positions. The south end will now begin to alternate their starting location each year, just like the north and east side. We agree that this change will make bulk collection more fair and equitable for residents in the south end.
Fall Leaf Collection Feedback Form
We invite you to share your thoughts with us on this program change. Please fill out our short form to provide us with your feedback on this year's Concord Fall Leaf Collection. Your submission will be anonymous and will provide information to help us improve our program to better serve the community. We thank you for your feedback.