Leaf/Thatch Collection ONLY

Leaf Collection Truck


The Village of Howard Public Works Department collects loose leaves and thatch in the spring and fall of each year. Approximate dates for Spring collection are from the first Monday in April through the third Friday in April. Approximate dates for Fall collection are from the third Monday in October through the second Friday of November.

We do NOT collect grass clippings and/or other yard waste, as that is not our mission.  Please see more below of items not collected.

 The leaf collection map and completion dates shown below will help you predict when we might be collecting leaves in your area and help you decide when to best rake leaves to the street.

You live in the zone that corresponds to your trash pickup day (Monday trash is Zone 1, Tuesday is 2 and so on).  The order of collection is Zone 1 first, then Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4 and Zone 5 and then starts over again. When one round is completed (Zones 1 through 5), a new round of collection begins all over again.   Look for the zone number with the latest completed collection date below.  Actual leaf collections will be occurring in the next sequentially numbered zone.  Occasionally, we may jump one zone ahead due to garbage cans creating obstructions, and the following day we drop back to the scheduled leaf collection zone.  You can get an idea of our collection speed by noting the number of days in between completed dates in each zone.

Again, when one round is completed we will start over again* - zones 1 through 5. 

* We normally collect leaves though mid/late November and complete 4 to 6 rounds through the entire village (when either most leaves are gone or snow prevents  collection).

Leaves and lawn thatch should be raked next to the curb on the grass in long narrow rows. The rows should not be closer than four feet to any object that will prevent us from collecting your leaves.  Please do not rake leaves into the street, this will plug storm inlets, and pipes and may cause flooding. Leaves and grass entering inlets and storm sewers is bad for the environment as it adds phosphorus to water which causes algal blooms in streams, rivers, and lakes.

Bagged leaves will not be collected.  Things we do not collect include grass clippings, sticks, branches, pumpkins, corn stalks, root balls, and other solid objects with leaves, these items will damage or plug the leaf vacuum equipment, and delay leaf collection for everyone.  Leaf piles co-mingled with other waste will not be collected.

Residents may drop off leaves, grass, sticks, branches, garden waste, and other organic compost-able waste in the designated Yard Waste area at the Public Works Facility located at 1336 Cornell Road. Drop off at the Public Works Facility is available 24 hours per day throughout the year.
Leaf Collection Map

Rotating Collection Schedule:  Beginning in order with Zone 1, then 2,3,4 and 5. Then restarting with 1 and repeat.

2018 Fall Collection Dates

Zone 1:  Oct 16,

Zone 2:

Zone 3:

Zone 4:

Zone 5:

Updated:  7:00am Wednesday October 17, 2018


2017 Fall Collection Dates

Zone 1: Oct 10, Oct 16, Oct 20, Oct 31, Nov 2, Nov 8, Nov 16, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 4

Zone 2:  Oct 11, Oct 17, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 9, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 29, Dec 4

Zone 3:  Oct 12, Oct 18, Oct 24, Nov 2, Nov 6, Nov 9, Nov 14, Nov 25, Nov 30, Dec 7

Zone 4:  Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 7, Nov 10, Nov 15, Nov 26, Nov 30, Dec 7

Zone 5:  Oct 13, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 10, Nov 15, Nov 27, Nov 30, Dec 7

                             Leaf collection for 2017 has concluded.
        Ten rounds of leaf collection have been completed in the village.
                                Updated:  Thursday December 7, 2017.

2016 Fall Collection Dates

Leaf collection zones and completion dates:

Zone 1:  Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 5, Nov 20, Nov 28, Dec1

Zone 2:  Oct 11, Oct 17, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 7, Nov 16, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 1

Zone 3:  Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 8, Nov 19, Nov 22, Nov 28, Dec 1

Zone 4:  Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 4, Nov 9, Nov 19, Nov 23, Nov 28, Dec 1

Zone 5:  Oct 12, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 5, Nov 10, Nov 19, Nov 23, Nov 28, Dec 2

Leaf collection for 2016 has concluded.

Nine rounds of leaf collection have been completed in the village.

Updated: Monday December 5, 2016   7:00 am

* This web page is updated each weekday that a zone is completed.
* It typically takes 1 to 2 weekdays to complete leaf collection in a single zone, assuming the Village has all 3 trucks up and running.
* Leaves are collected through at least mid-November, typically completing 4 to 6 rounds through the entire Village when most leaves have been collected or snow prevents collection.