Brush Vs. Yard Waste

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The Town of Leesburg offers two different types of collection for tree limbs, branches, yard waste and other organic materials for our curbside residential customers. Many times people ask which service is appropriate - it depends on the material! Please see the table below for information on the correct service. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail or call us at 703-771-2790.

Brush Collection Yard Waste Collection
Tree limbs and branches ONLY that are more than 4' long, but less than 8' long, and under 6" in diameter Grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, small shrub clippings, weeds and other small items that can be bagged in brown paper bags or in a can with a Yard Waste sticker


  • firewood
  • logs
  • pressure treated lumber
  • roots balls
  • stumps
  • vines
  • poison ivy and other noxious plants
  • small shrub clippings
  • leaves
  • grass clippings
  • fencing or wood boards


  • sod
  • dirt
  • rocks, pebbles or stone
  • mulch
  • tree limbs and branches taller than your trash can or bag
  • trash
  • recycling
  • bulk items
  • firewood
  • logs
  • stumps
  • root balls


Tree limbs and branches should be stacked loose at the curb on Monday night. Do not tie, bind or bag. Keep separate from other materials such as trash and yard waste.


Yard waste must be bagged in brown paper yard waste cans or loose in a trash can with a Yard Waste Sticker. No plastic bags or contractor bags will be collected.  Small branches (under 4' long and 1/2" diameter) must be tied or placed in yard waste bags or cans. Smaller branches cannot be collected loose as brush.


Brush collection begins on Monday. Routes vary weekly depending on volume and are subject to change. Brush must be at the curb Sunday night for same week pickup.


Collection begins Monday and continues through Friday, but may be extended/changed due to volume, special events/holidays or weather conditions.


Once the crew has finished a street they cannot return until the following week. Pickup is done automatically - no calls or special requests can be accepted for brush collection.


Brush is collected by the Town's Street Division year round.


Yard waste is collected on Monday.


Yard waste must be set out by 6 a.m. the day of collection. Crews cannot return to pick up material set out late. Collections times can change weekly - i.e., some areas normally picked up in the afternoon could be changed to early AM collection - therefore it is very important to have yard waste at the curb by 6 a.m.


Do not mix with trash, recycling or bulk items - they are taken to different facilities by different vehicles. Mixed materials may be left behind.


For more descriptions and information, visit our brush collection and yard waste pages.