Yard Waste

Fall 2021 Curbside Leaf Collection


Leaf bags must be curbside and STAY curbside this week (Nov 29- Dec 3rd). City crews will make a last run through all the routes early the following week to collect them. We will collect the paper bags even if it rains, please help us be efficient as winter operations have begun and we need leaf bags collected for plowing snow.  

Thanks for your cooperation!

bags on street

* Place your paper biodegradable leaf bags curbside by November 27th.  

Please report missed leaf bags during the fall curbside collection timeframe on Fix It Portland.  

Email questions to  solidwaste@portlandmaine.gov.  

**Sticks, rocks and/or bags of dirt will not be collected curbside only yard waste & leaves.  

Outside of the curbside collection time period, residents can drop off their leaves and yard waste at Riverside Recycling Facility. This includes green and brown waste such as grass clippings, garden waste, and leaves. Please be prepared to show your Riverside Recycling Facility eCard to the attendant. If you do not have an eCard, you will be required to pay Riverside's fee.  

E-Card Holders

eCard holders may dispose of yard waste and brush at no monetary charge as part of their 10 Item annual allowance as part of the City trash and recycling services program.

  • All material brought directly to Riverside will be charged as a bulky item on your eCard.  
  • Conversion: 1 cubic yard of leaf/yard waste is equal to 1 bulky item on your eCard.
  • Save your eCard usage by taking advantage of the City’s Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste collection!

Please, Don’t Just Dump It!  

Are you thinking: It’s just leaves and grass, who’s going to care?   Think again.

Dumping leaves and grass into drainage ditches, brooks, or wetlands can cause flooding, smother the vegetation that stabilizes stream banks, and contribute to water pollution. And it’s illegal to boot!  So, be eco-friendly and either compost that yard waste or bring it on out to the Riverside Recycling Facility. Our streams and wetlands thank you!

2018 Leaves Ordinance