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Free Leaf Drop-off begins November 10th

Louisville Metro residents have three good options for disposal of falling leaves this autumn. The best option is a “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em” approach that leads to healthier yards as described below.

Other choices, in order of preference, include reusable containers and compostable containers. As a last resort the Solid Waste Management Division of Public Works is offering a free leaf drop-off service. The drop-off service will be available Tuesday through Saturday, November 10 through December 5.

Drop-off will not be available on November 26 and 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. They will be turned into compost and used in mulching projects throughout the city. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

This is the first leaf season since enforcement of an update to the Yard Waste Container Regulation went into effect on January 1, 2015. The update requires that yard waste be disposed of in reusable or compostable containers instead of regular plastic bags.

The drop-off service will complement methods citizens used successfully to comply with the regulation through the planting and growing seasons. Residents are urged to consider one of the following disposal methods before using the drop-off service:

Best: For a healthier lawn, mulch leaves with a lawnmower and let them settle into the turf system along with grass clippings and trimmings as a natural fertilizer and weed deterrent. Get more information on this Love ‘em and Leave ‘em approach at

Next Best: Place yard waste in reusable containers no larger than 40 gallon capacity that have handles (old style trash cans) to reduce the need for continual purchase of single-use bags.

Still Good: Place yard waste in paper bags designed for yard waste collection or in compostable plastic bags that meet ASTM D6400 standards.

Drop-off locations and hours:

NOVEMBER 10th through DECEMBER 5th
10500 Lower River Road (corner of Bethany Lane)
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

595 Hubbards Lane at the East District Public Works Yard
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

636 Meriwether Avenue at the Waste Reduction Center
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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