CITY CREWS TO COLLECT THOUSANDS OF TONS OF LEAVES TO BE COMPOSTED
KNOXVILLE, TN (November 2020)On Monday, Nov. 2, City of Knoxville Public Service Department crews will transition from collecting curbside brush to primarily collecting piles of leaves – lots of leaves.
Over four months last year, City crews collected about 6,300 tons of leaves.
Each year, at the close of October, City crews prepare their leaf collection equipment and finish up any final work from the brush season. Leaf collection season continues through February.
For leaf collection, large vacuums are added to the City’s yard waste collection vehicles. Residents need only to rake leaves into rows at the edge of the yard or street in an unobstructed area for easy collection.
Do not bag your leaves. Leaves for pickup should be loose. It’s not only unnecessary – it’s actually detrimental. Plastic bags used to hold bagged leaves compromise the mulching process.
Do not mix brush or debris with leaves. Heavy, sharp or otherwise inappropriate materials can damage the vacuum equipment. The City also collects brush through the fall and winter months, on a lighter schedule as resources allow.
Collected leaves are put to good use. They are delivered to Living Earth, where they are mulched and composted with other organic material into various yard products that the company markets and sells. Living Earth has operations in Knoxville and Nashville as well as in Texas.
Living Earth also provides the City with up to 1,000 cubic yards of hardwood mulch and 200 cubic yards of playground mulch annually that City horticulture crews use to landscape beds and parks.
Questions about leaf collection? To find out when a crew will be collecting leaves in your neighborhood? Call 3-1-1 or 865-215-4311. Or visit www.knoxvilletn.gov/leafpickup.