Leaf Collection

Barring complications with weather, equipment or emergencies, the Borough of Emmaus will begin its Curbside Leaf Collection Program on Monday, October 22, 2018, continuing through Friday, December 7, 2018.  The Borough is unable to set specific pick-up dates for leaf pick-up for individual streets.  We recommend that you have them raked out at the beginning of each week.  Once the Public Works Department has made a pass through your street, they will not return until the following week.  The Public Works Department will collect 2x a week for 7 weeks during the fall season.  Please be advised that if the Borough encounters winter weather and must plow, any leaves in the road will be plowed.  Every attempt will be made to clean the roads prior to winter.  For FINAL COLLECTION, you are advised to have your leaves out on Monday morning (December 3rd) of the final week.  Once we have made our final pass on your street, we will not return. 


  • Please rake all leaves to the curb into long narrow rows not more than 18” into the road. Leaves placed on the sidewalk will not be collected. The Public Works Department will not empty bags or other containers; this is the responsibility of the resident. Branches, shrubbery, grass, garbage, dog waste, and other building materials will not be picked up.
  • Leaves will not be collected on private property.If leaves are not in place when the crews go by, they will be picked up on the following round through the Borough.No “return trips” will be made to pick them up.
  • Residents who have areas designated as “No Parking” (yellow painted curbs) are encouraged to pile leaves at these locations for easier pick up.
  • Piles with anything other than leaves will not be picked up.  These objects will cause damage to the leaf pickup units and put them out of service at a great expense of time and money to the Borough and its residents.
  • Do not place tarps over your leaves.The Public Works Department will bypass them and they will not be collected.
  • To help facilitate the picking up of the leaves, please keep all vehicles away from the area where the leaves are piled.The Public Works Department will not rake piles of leaves out from between parked cars or from under them.
  • Do not pile leaves on or around storm drains as this will cause flooding issues and create unsafe driving condition.

Thank you for your cooperation.  For additional leaf/yard waste disposal, the Compost Site is also open for drop off through December 6th  (See below)

Compost Site Hours of Operation:  October 23 – December 6 – Leaf Collection & Yard Waste Drop-Off

Tuesday, Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesdays – 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or dusk

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Borough's Compost Site only accepts organic yard waste.  No lumber, root balls with dirt, garbage, dirt, building materials, etc., is allowed.  When wood chip and/or compost is available, Public Works personnel will load trucks and trailers on Wednesday's beginning at 3:00 p.m.and on Saturdays.  We will stop loading 45 minutes prior to closing so that equipment can be cleaned.