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Where to compost (“recycle”) your leaves in Philly – 2022
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Where to compost (“recycle”) your leaves in Philly – 2022

The city is using a mechanical leaf collection in select neighborhoods; otherwise bagged leaves can be dropped off M-S.

It’s not only pumpkin spice season: it’s the leaf-dropping season.

The Philadelphia leaf recycling (aka composting) program is back for 2022.

The City of Philadelphia is hosting a 6-week mechanical leaf collection with leaf blowers, mechanical sweepers and leaf loaders in areas with heavier accumulation. Leaves should be raked by the curb’s edge and ready for collection by 7 AM on the day of mechanical collection. See below for the full schedule.

Bagged Leaf Drop-Off

Residents can collect leaves in biodegradable paper bags and dropped off at any of the City’s six Sanitation Convenience Centers, Monday through Saturday from 8a-6p. Residents can purchase bags at hardware stores – no bags are provided by the Streets Department. No recycling or trash should be included in the paper bags.

Also, don’t set these leaves curbside – they’ll be collected as trash (and

Bagged leaf drop-off dates and times

DateTime
Saturday, November 19, 20229 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 20229 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 20229 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, 20229 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bagged leaf drop-off locations

Drop-off locationArea of Philadelphia
1400 Cottman Ave. (Jardel Recreation Center)Northeast
S. 15th St. and Bigler St.South
N. 43rd St. and Powelton Ave. (drop off on sidewalk of 4200 Powelton Ave., close to 43rd St.)West
4800 Wayne Ave. (Happy Hollow Recreation Center)Northwest
N. 54th St. and Woodbine Ave.West
7901 Ridgeway St. (Fox Chase Recreation Center)Northeast
N. American St. and W. Thompson St.North
S. Broad St. and Christian St. (drop off at southwest corner sidewalk)South
Castor Ave. and Foulkrod St. (drop off at northeast corner sidewalk)Frankford
E. Cathedral Rd. and Ridge Ave.Northwest
Corinthian Ave. and Poplar St.North
W. Gravers Ln. and Seminole St.Northwest
Washington Ln. and Ardleigh St. (drop off at northwest corner sidewalk)Northwest

Philadelphia’s 2022 Mechanical Leaf Collection Schedule

Wednesday, November 16

  • Belmont Avenue to Lenape Road, from City Avenue to Sorrento Street & Conshohocken Avenue
  • Ford Road to Conshohocken Avenue, from Monument Road to Falls Road

Thursday, November 17

  • 54th Street to 49th Street, from Wynnefield Avenue to City Avenue
  • Wynnefield Avenue to Columbia Avenue, from 54th Street to Parkside Avenue

Friday, November 18

Area 2 (South Philadelphia)

Friday, November 18

  • Moyamensing Avenue, from 20th Street to Oregon Avenue
  • 17th to 22nd Street from Oregon Avenue to Ritner Street

Week # 3: November 21 – 25

Area 6 (Northeast)

Monday, November 21

  • Worthington Road to County Line Road, from Byberry Road to County Line Road

Tuesday, November 22

  • Verree Road to Bustleton Avenue, from Grant Avenue to Morefield Road

Wednesday, November 23

  • Morefield Avenue to Welsh Road, from Verree Road to Pine Road

Thursday, November 24

            HOLIDAY – THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 25

  • Welsh Road to Bloomfield Avenue, from Verree Road to Pine Road

Week # 4: November 28 – December 2

Area 6 (Northeast)

Monday, November 28

  • Verree Road to Krewstown Road, from Rising Sun Avenue to Grant Avenue
  • Verree Road to Rising Sun Avenue, from Susquehanna Avenue to Rhawn Street

Tuesday, November 29

  • Oxford Avenue to Pennway Avenue, from Cottman Avenue to Magee Street
  • Oxford Avenue to City Limits, from Cottman Avenue to Rhawn Street

Wednesday, November 30

  • Rhawn Street to Welsh Road, from Holmes Avenue to Rowland Avenue

Thursday, December 1

  • Bustleton Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard, from Grant Avenue to Lott Street
  • Orchard Lane to Clarendon Road, from Knights Road to Crestmont Road

Friday, December 2

  • Frankford Avenue to State Road, from Grant Avenue to Linden Avenue

Week # 5: December 5 – 9

Area 4 (Northwest)

Monday, December 5

  • Schoolhouse Lane to Queen Lane, from Henry Avenue to Wissahickon Avenue
  • Schoolhouse Lane to Indian Queen Lane, from Ridge Avenue to Henry Avenue

Tuesday, December 6

  • Green Lane to Summit Avenue, from Henry Avenue to Ridge Avenue
  • Ridge Avenue to River Road, from Wigard Avenue to Port Royal Road

Wednesday, December 7

  • Wissahickon Creek to Ridge Avenue, from Summit Avenue to Montgomery County Line

Thursday, December 8

  • Bells Mills Road to Willow Grove Avenue, from Germantown Avenue to Wissahickon Creek

Friday, December 9

  • Stenton Avenue to Germantown Avenue, from Cresheim Valley Road to Northwestern Avenue

Week # 6: December 12 – 16

Area 4 (Northwest)

Monday, December 12

  • Willow Grove Avenue to Mermaid Lane, from Germantown Avenue to Wissahickon Creek
  • Lincoln Drive to Green Lane, from Allens Lane to Lincoln Drive

Tuesday, December 13

  • Green Street to Park Line, from Lincoln Drive to Allens Lane

Wednesday, December 14

  • Stenton Avenue to Germantown Avenue, from Vernon Road to Washington Lane
  • Lincoln Drive to Germantown Avenue, from Upsal Street to Allens Lane

Thursday, December 15

  • Vernon Road to Cresheim Valley Road, from Stenton Avenue to Germantown Avenue

Friday, December 16

  • Thouron Street to Stenton Avenue, from Washington Lane to Ivy Hill Road

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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