Leaf Collection

Leaf Bag Collection Guidelines

Residents should bag their leaves for collection.  Leaves that are not bagged will not be collected.  Residents may use any type of yard or trash bag for their leaves.

  • Leaf and brush collection will occur on Monday across the City.  If a homeowner misses the Monday collection day or has more than five bags of leaves, they can wait until the following Monday for collection or call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567 to schedule a pick-up.
  • City residents can drop bags of leaves off at the Compost Facility at 1560 North 8th Street during business hours at no charge.  The Compost Facility is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3p.m.
  • Do not include grass clippings, brush, trash, construction materials, etc. with the leaves.  Bags that have any of these materials mixed with the leaves will not be collected. 
  • Place bags in the same location as refuse collection.  Do not place bags behind obstacles such as parked vehicles, trees, mailboxes, fire hydrants, or streetlights.
  • Bags should not be placed in the street, gutter, ditches, or any drainage way.  This will obstruct the flow of storm water runoff when it rains. Also do not rake or use a leaf blower to move leaves to the gutter.
  • Leaf collection will be postponed during any inclement weather conditions. 

Leaf Vacuuming

Leaf vacuuming will be done periodically in City rights-of-way.  Residents who cannot bag their leaves should make arrangements with friends or family or a commercial lawn service to have their leaves bagged.  

Commercial Lawn Services

Commercial lawn service organizations working for City of Paducah residents during leaf season are to remove the leaves from the premises and dispose of them properly.  See Code of Ordinances Sec. 42-49 for additional information.  The commercial organization will be requested to show its City of Paducah business license and provide the address of the Paducah residence where it has been working.  

Leaf Collection Alternatives

Mulching is one of the best ways to recycle leaves.  Many lawn mowers have mulching blades that cut the leaves into small bits.  Those mulched leaves provide nutrients to flowerbeds, lawns, and gardens.  Mulching is also good for the environment by reducing waste and saving money. 

Banning of Leaf Burning

Do NOT burn leaves in the City of Paducah.  Leaf burning is banned by a City ordinance.  Review Paducah Code of Ordinances Chapter 42-49-(e)7 for information about legal regulations regarding waste disposal.   Call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8567 for more information.