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DPW Reverses Course — Leaf Collection to Remain Unchanged this Year

November 5, 2020

Earlier this season, Mayor Bowser announced that the Department of Public Works would not be collecting leaves as in past years. Instead DPW planned to give every household they served bags in which to bag leaves for collection. While this plan was reportedly due to public health concerns related to COVID, it did not provide a solution for residents who do not live in residential properties.

Last week, the District changed course and decided to instead move forward with leaf collection unchanged from previous years. Bags are no longer needed. As of October 31, residents are being asked to rake their
leaves and place them in the front of their residence at the curb or in the tree box for collection.

Below is the map that shows the four collection areas in Ward 1. Park View residents live in Zone C. The collection schedule for Zone C is as follows:

  • Rake leaves out by November 22 for collection between November 23 to 28.
  • Rake leaves out by December 27 for collection between December 28 to January 2, 2021.

Annual Truck Touch Scheduled for June 4th

May 25, 2016

DC’s  9th annual Truck Touch event is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016, at RFK Stadium – Lot 7! The Department of Public Works and Mayor Bowser have scheduled a day of food, fun, games, trucks and more! In asking around, I’ve learned that the annual Truck Touch has been a popular event in the past. I’ve included the flyer below for more details.


2015-2016 Leaf Collection Schedule Released

October 26, 2015

The Department of Public Works recently released the 2015-2016 Leaf Collection Schedule, which begins on November 2nd. This coincides with the end of permit parking enforcement at the end of October. The map and schedule for Ward 1 is below.

For leaf collection, residents are requested to rack loose leaves in the treeboxes (not the street) or to bag leave using paper bags and place them in the treebox. If there is no treebox please  put leaves at the curb.

The collection is for loose leaves only — including tree limbs, bricks, dirt, rocks, or other materials will damage the collection equipment and delay city-wide collection.


2014-2015 Leaf Collection Season Underway

November 4, 2014

2014 leaf collection schedule

Residential street sweeping ended for the season on October 31st, and now the Department of Public Works is transitioning into fall leaf collection mode.  The 2014-2015 leaf collection season began on Monday, November 3rd, but don’t panic. As will past years, leaf collection begins in the area west of 16th Street in Ward 1, and there are two opportunities to get the leaves out for collection.

According to DPW, this year, leaf collection runs from November 3, 2014 through January 10, 2015. Residents should note that the same crews that collect leaves also remove snow, so leaf collection may be interrupted for snow removal duties. Leaves will be removed from neighborhood treeboxes at least twice, following the schedule that can be found on the image at the right and at the Find the Leaf Collection Schedule for Your Neighborhood available on the DPW Website. DPW asks residents to place their leaves in the treebox space the Sunday before each collection cycle.

Loose leaves raked into the treeboxes will be composted.  Bagged leaves placed in the treebox space or where trash and recycling are collected will not be composted.

During the last two weeks of leaf collection season (December 28-January 10), DPW will collect holiday trees and other greenery from residents whose trash is collected by DPW.  Trees and greenery should be placed where the resident’s trash is collected. Please remove all ornaments and lights and do not put the tree(s) and greenery in a bag.

The 2014-2015 leaf collection brochure is also available online if you would like to see the collection schedule for the entire city.

Fall Leaf Collection Schedule Published

November 2, 2012

The 2012-2013 leaf collection schedule has been published and mailed out. If you didn’t get one, the map at the right shows the schedule for Ward 1. The full brochure is available here.

Leaf collection begins on November 5th for Ward 1 residents who live west of 16th Street. Leaf collection for residents in Columbia Heights and Park View doesn’t begin until November 19th.

DPW requests that residents rake their leaves into the treebox space the weekend before leaf collection. DPW requests that residents not rake leaves into the street.


Where are Our Illegal Dumping Areas?

March 26, 2012

The alley area behind the Fisherman of Men Church has been a long-term trouble spot for illegal dumping

Here’s are two questions I’d like to throw out to the community.

  1. Where are our illegal dumping areas?, and,
  2. What can we do to get ahead of this problem?

My guess is that the first thing we need to do is have a comprehensive list of known trouble areas. As an example, I noticed yesterday that yet again two mattresses and a chair had been dumped in the alley behind the Fisherman of Men Church (former York Theater) located at Georgia and Quebec. This is a problem spot that has been going on for years.

I know there must be other hot spots in the area. Perhaps by identifying them and consistently reporting them we can eventually get ahead of this problem. At the least, we should be able to get organized enough to get the illegal trash removed in a timely manner.


2011-2012 Seasonal Leaf Collection to Begin November 7

October 21, 2011

This year’s fall leaf collection program runs between November 7, 2011 and January 15, 2012. DPW will collect leaves at least twice from residential neighborhoods by “vacuuming” the leaves residents rake into their treebox spaces. They will also collect bagged leaves from the treebox space or the alley in neighborhoods with rear trash and recycling collections. Bagged leaves will be placed in the landfill. By collecting leaves, DPW reduces potential accidents and injuries resulting from slipping on wet leaves and prevent catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains. DPW also will collect holiday trees from residents’ treebox spaces between January 3 and 14.

How You Can Help

  • Rake leaves into the treebox space the weekend before your street’s collection weeks.
  • Please – leaves only! Tree limbs, bricks, dirt, rocks, etc., will damage the equipment and delay collections.
  • Prevent fires, parking problems and possible flooding by placing leaves in the treebox space, not in the street. When it rains, leaves will block the storm drain and cause flooding.
  • If you choose to bag your leaves, please use paper bags. Plastic bags will damage the equipment. You may place bagged leaves in the treebox space or next to the trash/recycling container(s).
  • Holiday trees and wreaths will be picked up curbside from January 3 to January 14. Remove all decorations and place the greenery in the treebox space in front of your home between Sunday, January 1, and Sunday, January 8. Please do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags.
  • Any trees not collected by January 15 should be set out with your trash to be picked up as space in the trash trucks allows over the following weeks.

(Information modified from the DPW Web site)


Hurricane Irene Likely to Impact DC

August 26, 2011

As of 5 p.m. last night, the National Hurricane Center showed Hurricane Irene coming close enough to the District to potentially cause Tropical Storm force wind gusts of 30-60 mph, with higher gusts closer to the shore. In light of that threat, NWS Baltimore/Washington chose to issue a Tropical Storm Watch for our area. Residents concerned about flooding can pick up up to five sandbags from DPW to help protect their property. Details from DPW are below.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

CONTACT: Linda Grant



 (Washington, DC)  The DC Department of Public Works announced today that District residents, with DC identification, may pick up sandbags (up to five per household) at its New Jersey Avenue and K Street, SE site (entrance on New Jersey at I Street, SE).   Distribution begins Friday, August 26, at noon and runs through midnight.  Distribution resumes Saturday, August 27, at 8 am and continues through midnight.  The sandbags weigh between 40 lbs. and 50 lbs. and residents will need to load them into their vehicles.

DPW will have employees and signage directing residents to the site entrance.

New Street Cleaning Signs Announce Changes in Service

February 4, 2011

A work crew installing new street cleaning signs on Rock Creek Church Road, NW

Earlier today I noticed that work crews were in the neighborhood removing old signs and replacing them with new versions indicating a change in street cleaning service/days. I also noticed these new signs on Euclid Street down by Howard University. While I don’t know how extensively these signs will be distributed, I think residents need to be on the lookout for them.

They new signs are easy to spot as you can see can see from the image below. Not only are they new and shiny, they now include a graphic of a street sweeper and broad red borders at the top and bottom. Most significantly, in addition to the image and change of day, the new signs now include seasonal start and end dates of March 1-October 31.

This is a huge. Previously, residents have had to guess, wait for emails, or hope to find such information on the Department of Public Works (DPW) Web site. It had mostly become a game to figure out when parking restrictions were being enforced and when they would end. This is one of the better service improvements I’ve seen the City make in a while.

New street cleaning signs now include seasonal start and stop dates


DPW Observes Memorial Day, Monday, May 31‏

May 28, 2010

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) announced made an announcement earlier this week on how services will be affected in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010. Details are below:

Trash Collection: There will be no trash and recycling collections. Trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week.  For example, Monday’s trash and recycling collections will be made on Tuesday and Tuesday’s collections will be made on Wednesday.  In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday. Collections normally made on Tuesday and Friday, will be made Wednesday and Saturday.  Trash and recycling containers should be placed out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the day(s) of collection.

Parking Enforcement: DPW will suspend enforcement of parking meters, residential parking, and rush hour lane restrictions. It also will suspend towing of abandoned vehicles.

Ft. Totten: The Ft. Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE) will be closed Monday to residential customers and reopens Tuesday, June 1.

·         Residents may bring their trash and bulk items weekdays (1 pm to 5 pm) and Saturdays (8 am to 3 pm) to Ft. Totten for disposal.

·         On Saturdays only (8 am to 3 pm), the transfer station accepts residents’ unwanted toxic items, such as pesticides, batteries and motor oil.  Electronics, including televisions, computers and cell phones, also will be accepted.  Residents may bring up to five boxes of personal paper documents and credit cards to be shredded for free.  For a complete list of items, go to and click on Household Hazardous Waste / E-Cycling / Shredding.  Compost also is available to residents on Saturdays only.

Other services suspended for Memorial Day include scheduled street and alley cleaning and nuisance abatement. All services will resume Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

To view DPW’s trash and recycling holiday schedule for the remainder of the year, visit and click on Holiday Schedule under the “Highlights” header or call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311/737-4404.  Residents who would like to receive service notices from DPW should contact Kevin Twine at


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