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Additional yard waste days ended the last week of October 2017. Beginning October 30, 2017, yard waste will be collected on the same day as your regular trash. SE/SW = Monday, NE/NW = Tuesday. Please make note of this change to the collection day.

Brush Collection is intended for larger amounts and sizes of brush that require use of the chipper truck.

For more information, visit our Brush Collection page.


  • Residents in the SE/SW quadrants have yard waste picked up on Mondays.
  • Residents in the NE/NW quadrants have yard waste picked up on Tuesdays.

Yard waste should be prepared for collection as indicated below:



Include grass clippings No sod or weeds with large amounts of dirt will be collected! Grass containing large amounts of dirt must be taken to the landfill; fees may apply. Please visit the Loudoun County Department of Waste Management website for more information and fees.
Include weeds and leaves* No dirt or rocks or other hardscape materials. Please note - ESI does NOT collect mulch! 
Include small branches, tree limbs, twigs and shrub clippings (under 4' long and under 1/2" diameter). Bundle together with twine in stacks no more than 1 foot high and these will be collected by CSI on your yard waste pickup day.

Large limbs and branches not bundled (but under 8' long and 6" in diameter) will be collected with brush pickup between Monday and Thursday, provided they are at the curb Sunday night. Please see "brush collection" for more information.
No tree prunings or branches taller than the yard waste bag or can** - in order to be collected by ESI branches/tree limbs MUST be tied or bundled so they can be picked up by crews.  Do not include mulch with yard waste - most mulch is chemically treated and cannot be collected with yard waste.

Do NOT mix loose brush with bags or cans of yard waste. ESI will not separate material out and mixed waste will be left behind.

Place in biodegradable brown paper yard bags (available at some grocery and home improvement stores)

You may also use other biodegradable or compostable bags. Bags must state they are biodegradable or compostable on the packaging.

No yard waste can be collected as recycling in plastic yard/contractor bags or in used mulch or soil bags. Clear bags are not necessarily biodegradable or compostable!  

Be sure to check to verify that bags are biodegradable or compostable before purchasing.

ESI will collect a maximum of 10 bags or cans of yard waste per pickup. Material in excess of 10 bags will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Please note - if you have work done by a contractor you must make arrangements to dispose of any yard waste generated by this service - the Town does NOT collect yard waste generated by contractors.

Use trash cans with “Yard Waste” Sticker. To request a sticker, please e-mail trash@leesburgva.gov or phone 703-771-2790

Do not place in cans without a “Yard Waste” sticker.  If the crews do not see the sticker on a can, they may pass by it during collection. 

Crews cannot return to pick up yard waste in unmarked cans!

Small tree prunings or branches must be bagged in brown paper bags or securely bundled.  Loose tree limbs and branches are only collected by the Street Division. No root balls from trees or shrubs, logs or firewood; in addition, these cannot be collected as brush, yard waste or bulk pickups.  They must be taken to the landfill or arrange for private disposal!

There is no need to call for pickups.  Place at curb for pickup on advertised collection days. (may also be placed for collection on both trash & recycling days from May through October only). Yard waste may be put out after 4PM the day before collection, but must be at the curb by 6AM the day of collection.  Yard waste set out late will be picked up on the following regularly scheduled pickup day - crews will not return to pick up yard waste that was set out late.

Also, please note that ESI uses similar looking trucks for different materials on collection days - yard waste is taken to a compost facility for recycling, trash is taken to the landfill and recycling is taken to a sorting facility in Sterling.  Materials may be collected at different times during the day (i.e., yard waste early AM, recycling late AM or early PM, etc.). Schedules may also vary from week to week depending on crews, truck availability, weather and other factors.