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What to do with fall yard waste

That’s fall folks.

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Let’s make like a leaf and leave.

Photo via Canva

So your jack-o'-lantern is looking droopy and the beautiful autumn foliage is starting to pile up.

Have no residual Halloween fear. Louisville Metro Public Works is here.

Check out these pro tips on what to do with your yard waste this time of year, including items the city will collect and where to drop them off.

🍂 Curbside yard waste collection

The following items will be be picked up by Public Works on your scheduled yard waste day. Make sure items are tied into bundles or placed into 20-40 gallon containers with handles or paper yard waste bags.

  • Leaves, twigs, straw, and pine needles
  • Shrub trimmings
  • Branch and tree trimmings less than two-inches in diameter and less than four-feet long
  • Wood ash
  • Squash and gourds free of coloring and decorations

Fun fact: Pumpkins collected through Metro are composted and reused in landscaping around the city?

🍂 Leaf tips

Public Works recommends mowing over leaves to mulch them back into your yard as a way to reduce waste + return nutrients to the soil.

But if you need them gone like the wind, drop them off for free at the locations below Tuesday-Saturday from Nov. 7 to Dec. 9. Be sure to bring them in a container you can take home as they only accept loose leaves.

  • Public Works Yard, 10500 Lower River Rd. | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Public Works East District Operations Center, 595 N. Hubbards Ln. | 9 a.m.-3 p.m
  • Athletic Complex at Shawnee Park, 230 Southwestern Pkwy. | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Ave. | Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. + Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Not ready to let go? Place your raked leaves in these decorative pumpkin-themed yard bags to keep the fall spirit alive.