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There are two types of collection depending on whether your street is curbed or uncurbed.
For streets with curbs only, please note the city is divided into two zones (see map below); simply rake your leaves into the street for pickup the weekend prior to your street’s designated week. If you have leaves remaining after your final street collection week, they must be bagged in accordance with the instructions below for uncurbed streets.
To Assure Pick-Up:
- You are asked to rake the leaves into the street the weekend prior to your zone pickup. Windrow leaves in the street immediately next to the curb.
- Do not rake leaves into the street after your final scheduled collection date. To do so risks being cited for an ordinance violation and billed for collection. It also risks having the leaves blown back onto the parkway in the event of snow.
Residents living on uncurbed streets may use the following containers for leaves:
- Brown paper yard waste bags, 30 gallon size, found at most hardware stores.
- Rigid 35 gallon containers that contain Birmingham's yard waste decal. Decals can be obtained at the Department of Public Services, 851 S. Eton Road or the Clerk's office, located at City Hall, 151 Martin Street.
Place approved containers curbside by 7 A.M. on your trash day.
Yard waste is collected each year until the third Friday in December.
Please note: Leaves in plastic bags are not acceptable. Leaves set out in plastic bags will not be collected. Also, please note that it is a violation of City ordinance to remove leaves from homes on uncurbed streets and deposit them on curbed streets, or to remove leaves from one side of a curbed street and place them across the street.