As per state and federal regulations, the City of Elkins cannot collect leaves as part of regular trash collection. To assist residents who wish to dispose of leaves, the city’s street department offers leaf pickup each fall.
There is no set starting date for this service. In general terms, leaf pickup begins after the Mountain State Forest Festival, once enough leaves come down to justify starting the process.
There is no set schedule for when we will be in a particular ward or area; we go to where the heaviest concentrations of leaves are in the interests of efficiency. If you are concerned about letting the leaves sit in on your grass for too long, please feel free to bag them up. As long as our crews can tell the bags contain leaves, they will tear them open and collect the contents.
We will try to announce more specific dates each fall, but please remember that this process is weather dependent. For example, we can’t effectively pick up leaves in a pouring rain.
Also, keep in mind that we only have one leaf truck to cover this “Tree City” of ours. Please be patient and we will get to each property as soon as we can.
Leaf pickup continues through the fall until either we have gotten all the leaves, or snow has started falling.
What to do with your leaves
To make use of this service, rake leaves into piles in the grassy area between the curb and the sidewalk.
Please do not place leaves in the street, as this causes problems with storm drains as well as parking and traffic concerns. City employees will not go into yards to collect leaves.
For more information, contact:
Melody Himes, Operations Assistant
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241