Changes Coming to Leaf Clean-Up in University City: Make Sure Your Leaves Get Recycled this Fall

Oct 28, 2014 8 years ago

Fall is a beautiful time to live in University City. We are lucky to have a stunning canopy of trees, and watching the leaves turn helps announce the true arrival of autumn to the area. Of course, with changing leaves comes major clean-up duties this time of year, and we have recently learned of some changes to the City of Philadelphia's leaf recycling program. Please read below for important details on how to keep your leaves out of the landfill this year:

If you live between 38th and 52nd Streets, from Baltimore Avenue to Spruce Street, the City will be conducting mechanical leaf collection on Friday, November 21st:

  • Leaves should be raked into the street by the curb’s edge (piling is not necessary), and be ready for collection by 7:00 AM
  • If possible, move your vehicle to an off-street parking location, so crews can remove leaves along the curb line
  • You can also set out leaves bagged in paper bags for collection on Friday the 21st

If you don’t live in the mechanical collection area:

  •  You can drop off leaves bagged in paper bags at one of 22 drop-off locations. Collection times are from 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays for six weeks, starting November 10, 2014 (with the exception of the Saturdays following Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Holidays).  The closest location for University City residents is at 43rd St. & Powelton Ave
  • UCD can pick up your bagged leaves for composting at The Dirt Factory (  UCD will accept bags of leaves only (please no trash mixed in) and would prefer that leaves are in plastic bags, if possible.  Please contact [email protected] to arrange pickup.

Want to learn more? Visit the City’s web site ( for additional details.