Leaf/Thatch Collection

Leaf Collection Truck


The Village of Howard Public Works Department collects loose leaves and thatch in the spring and fall of each year. Approximate dates for Spring collection are from the first Monday in April through the third Friday in April. Approximate dates for Fall collection are from the third Monday in October through the second Friday of November.

  • We collect plain leaves and lawn thatch only. Bagged leaves will not be collected. Other items we don't collect include grass clippings, root balls, sticks, branches, pumpkins, corn stalks, and other solid objects. These items will damage or plug the leaf vacuum equipment and delay leaf collection for everyone. Leaf piles co-mingled with other waste will not be collected. 
  • Leaves and lawn thatch should be raked next to the curb on the grass in long narrow rows. The rows should not be closer than four feet to any object that will prevent us from collecting your leaves.  Leaves need to be within seven feet of the curb or edge of road in order to be collected. 
  • Please do not rake leaves into the street. This will plug storm inlets and pipes and may cause flooding. Leaves and grass entering inlets and storm sewers is bad for the environment as it adds phosphorus to water and causes algal blooms in streams, rivers, and lakes.
  • Residents may drop off leaves, grass, sticks, branches, garden waste, and other organic compostable waste in the designated area at the Public Works Facility, located at 1336 Cornell Road. The site is available 24 hours per day throughout the year.
The leaf collection map and completion dates shown at the bottom of this page will help you predict when we might be collecting leaves in your area and help you decide when to rake leaves to the curb. Here's how it works:
  • You live in the zone that corresponds to your trash pickup day (Monday trash is Zone 1, Tuesday is 2 and so on). 
  • The order of collection is Zone 1 first, then Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4 and Zone 5. When one round is completed (Zones 1 through 5), another round of collection will start.  
  • Look for the zone number with the latest completed collection date below.  Leaf collection will be occurring in the next sequentially numbered zone. Occasionally, we may jump one zone ahead due to garbage cans creating obstructions, and the following day we drop back to the scheduled leaf collection zone. 
  • It typically takes one or two weekdays to complete leaf collection in a single zone, assuming all three trucks are running.You can get an idea of our collection speed by noting the number of days in between completed dates in each zone.
We normally collect leaves though mid/late November and complete four to six rounds through the entire village. Leaf collection ends when either most leaves are gone or snow prevents collection. 


Official Spring Collection dates are April 6 - April 24, 2020

2020 Spring Collection - Area/Zone Completion Dates

Zone 1:   Mar 23, Mar 31
Zone 2:   Mar 24, Apr 1
Zone 3:   Mar 25, Apr 2
Zone 4:   Mar 26, Apr 2
Zone 5:   Mar 27,

Updated:  Friday April 3, 2020  9:20am

2019 Fall Collection - Completion Dates

Zone 1:  Oct 16, Oct 31, Nov 12, Nov 21, Nov 26

Zone 2:  Oct 18, Nov 2, Nov 13, Nov 2, Nov 27

Zone 3:  Oct 24, Nov 6, Nov 18, Nov 21, Nov 29

Zone 4:  Oct 29, Nov 8, Nov 19, Nov 25, Nov 30

Zone 5:  Oct 30, Nov 10, Nov 20, Nov 25, Nov 30
                        Updated: Saturday November 30, 2019  4:00pm
            (This web page is updated each weekday that a zone is completed.)