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Winston-Salem Leaf Pickup Schedule

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Raking Leaves in Winston-Salem
These mountains of leaves can be a pain, so make sure you don’t miss the local leaf pickup schedule! The best way to take care of your leaves is to either blow them to the curb with a blower, or pile them all onto a canvas and then get someone to help you lug it down to the street. You’ll want to dump your leaves just inside the curb. Actually, officially they’re not supposed to end up on the street, but in our experience we haven’t seen anyone put them on the curb and not on the street. Probably because if the wet leaves sit on your grass for too long they’ll kill it.

Winston-Salem Leaf Collection Routes and Pickup Schedule

City crews will begin collecting leaves Monday, November 6, 2017. Collection is performed in three rounds by city quadrant in a clockwise direction beginning in the southern quadrant of Winston-Salem, west of U.S. 52 and south of I-40. Collection will then proceed clockwise each week by quadrant and continue until the leaf trucks have made three passes through each quadrant. Residents can go to Sanitation.CityofWS.org to track the progress of leaf collection and enter their address for an estimate of when the leaf trucks will be coming to their neighborhood. Residents who do not have access to a computer can call CityLink at 311 and a City Link agent will give them their estimated pick up date. Once leaf collection begins, estimated pickup dates will be revised frequently. Inclement weather, equipment malfunction, leaf volume and other factors affect the pace of leaf collection.

The city of Winston-Salem has a helpful section on their website dedicated to leaf pickup. You can see when leaves will be picked up in your quadrant, as well as which rounds of leaves have already been collected, and there is also access to order a new yard cart.

Leaf Collection Guidelines

  • Rake leaves to the edge of the yard, by the curb (not in the street).
  • Remove all sticks rocks, dirt and other debris that may damage City equipment.
  • Do not pile the leaves on a tarp.
  • Do not pile the leaves on a storm drain.
  • Do not park vehicles on, in front of, or near the leaf piles.
  • Leaf collection is provided for single-family residents only.
  • Do NOT burn leaves inside the city limits.

During the rest of the year, place leaves in your City yard cart and put them by the curb on your street’s designated collection days. Call City Link 311 to order a yard cart.

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. “I’m a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn’t an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this “My Winston-Salem!”

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