Leaf Removal – from the Office of Patrick Dowd

As leaves begin to fall, many residents will begin thinking about how to dispose of the leaves that they rake up.  This following are the options available through the City of Pittsburgh.

City street cleaning trucks are not intended to and cannot accommodate piles of leaves.  Leaves left in the street eventually get washed to the sewer system and can clog catch basins openings and take up space in sewers during rain storms.

Leaf Removal Options Provided by the City of Pittsburgh


The following composting options can only accommodate green yard debris – leaves, grass, tree trimmings, branches, etc.  This does not include stones, dirt, garbage, food waste, etc.

Composting – Home pick-up

This year, on Saturday, November 12th, the City of Pittsburgh will pick up and compost yard debris collected and put out in the proper manner.  Yard debris not meeting the collection guidelines will not be collected.  You can find these guidelines here.

Composting – Drop-off sites

The City maintains three yard debris drop-off sites year round.  The closest one to District 7 is the East End Center at North Dallas and Hamilton Avenues.  It is open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 2pm.  This service is free to City residents dropping materials off in a car or SUV – there are new charges for City residents dropping off materials in larger vehicles.  Additional details.


Yard debris may be put out for regular collection with your other garbage each week, but will not be composted.  Yard debris headed for the landfill may be put in paper or plastic bags.

Thank you for helping to keep our streets and sewers clear.

Emily Keebler, Office of Patrick Dowd · Pittsburgh City Council District 7
510 City-County Building · 414 Grant Street · Pittsburgh PA 15219 · 412 255 2140
emily.keebler@city.pittsburgh.pa.us      www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/district7