Leaf Collection

The Leaf Collection Program has four goals:
  • To keep city streets clean
  • To help save space at the local landfill
  • To save residents the cost and hassle of bagging leaves
  • To further Missoula's recycling efforts by helping turn leaves into compost at a local composting operation
Getting Leaves Collected
To have leaves collected:
  • City residents should rake all yard leaves into the curb prior to the first day of your scheduled collection. Residents do not need to bag leaves.
  • Please keep your leaf piles long and skinny so they don't encroach the bike or driving lanes.
  • Do not park cars on or around the leaf piles.
  • Only rake leaves to the curbside as debris, limbs, trash, and other yard wastes delay leaf collection efforts.
  • Trees must be pruned to a minimum of 14' over the street to the inside edge of the curb line (per Missoula Municipal Code 12.32). If your trees do not meet this requirement, they may be trimmed by the city in order to complete the leaf collection.
Program Dates
After the annual Leaf Collection Program ends in November, the Street Maintenance Division will continue to collect leaves intermittently until the first snow fall or December 15 of each year, whichever comes first. If you miss your neighborhood's scheduled pick-up time, please contact the Street Maintenance Division at 406-552-6360 to be placed on a list for another collection time.

Residents are responsible for the disposal of leaves or any debris after the leaf collection deadline. Residents depositing leaves or debris into city streets after December 15 may be subject to a citation in accordance with Missoula Municipal Code 8.28 (Litter and Rubbish).