After you’ve raked and bagged the fallen leaves in your yard, Williamsburg, James City and York have leaf disposal services to take those leaves off your hands.
The City of Williamsburg offers free curbside leaf collection, with two separate routes collecting leaves five times from the first week of November to the first week of January. Leaves must be raked to the street by 7 a.m. on the first day of the collection week. If you miss a leaf collection day, you can place bagged leaves curbside on your regular garbage collection day. There is a limit of 10 bags for each home per collection day.
Curbside leaf collection routes are seperated in two schedules: a red route and a blue route.
Neighborhoods that fall under the red route collection schedule are listed as:
- Braxton Court, Capitol Landing Road, College Terrace, Crispus Attucks, Forest Hills, Haynes Drive, Highland Park, Ironbound Road, Lafayette Street, Longhill Woods, Matoaka Court, Page Street, Penniman Road, Pinecrest, Piney Creek, Pocahontas Street, Powhatan Street, Quarterpath Road, Richmond Road, Savannah Green, Scotland Street, Skipwith Farms, Wales and West Williamsburg Heights.
Red route collection weeks are as follows:
- Nov. 19-21 (No service on Nov. 22, 23)
- Dec. 3-7
- Dec. 17-21
- Dec. 31-Jan. 4 (No service on Jan. 1)
Have your leaves raked to the street by 7 a.m. on Mondays: Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec 17, and Dec 31.
Neighborhoods that fall under the blue route collection schedule are listed as:
- Boundary Street, Burns Lane, Cary Street, Chandler Court, Coves, Griffin Avenue, Holly Hills, Holly Hills Carriage Homes, Indian Springs, Jamestown Road, Mimosa Drive, Newport Avenue, Richmond Hill, Rolfe Road, S. England Street, S. Henry Street, Strawberry Plains, Tyler Street, Williamsburg Avenue, Walnut Hills, John Tyler Highway and The Woods of Williamsburg.
Blue route collection weeks are as follows:
- Nov. 26-30
- Dec. 10-14
- Dec. 26-28 ( No service on Dec. 24, 25)
- Jan. 7-11
Have your leaves raked to the street by 7 a.m. on Mondays: Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Dec. 26 and Jan. 7.
City crews also will collect Christmas trees on Monday, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. All decorations and lights must be removed, and trees must be placed on the street for collection before 7 a.m. For more information, call the city’s Public Works and Utilities Department at 757-220-6140.
Jolly Pond Convenience Center
James City residents may drop off leaves for free on Sunday and Jan. 7-20 at Jolly Pond Convenience Center, 1204 Jolly Pond Road. The center is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Leaves will only be accepted inside clear bags that are 40 gallons or less in size, according to a county news release. Commercial lawn-care companies cannot drop off leaves. Grass, tree limbs and brush won’t be accepted for free drop off.
At other times, leaves may be disposed of at the center for a fee. Four leaf bags may be dropped off for one payment coupon, which is $4. Payment coupons can be bought online or at the James City County Recreation Center, Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Freedom Park, the Treasurer’s Office or the Satellite Services office. Coupons can also be purchased at the center with a credit or debit card for an added 2.95 percent fee.
The county will offer a single round of curbside collection. Collection dates are determined by voting district and the schedule has changed from last year. District information can be located online at bit.ly/2DKffcR or by calling General Services at 757-259-4080.
Collection dates are as follows:
- Stonehouse and North Powhatan: Dec. 3-4.
- Jamestown and South Powhatan: Dec. 5-12.
- Berkeley and Roberts: Dec. 12-19.
Leaves must be inside clear bags that are 40 gallons or less. Bags must be on the curb by 8 a.m. the first day of a district’s collection. Brush and tree limbs won’t be collected.
Burning and composting
Burning leaves is prohibited in James City, except in certain areas zoned general agriculture.
Free bagged leaves will be available for personal composting. For more information call Solid Waste at 757-565-0971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Nov. 26 to Feb. 9, York residents can place an unlimited number of clear leaf bags on the roadside, which will be collected every other week, according to the county’s website. Collection is divided into two zones.
Northern zone: All homes on and north of Dare Road. That includes neighborhoods along Wolf Trap Road and Goodwin Neck Road as well as homes in and near Lightfoot, Skimino, Hubbard’s Lane, Queens Lake, Edgehill and Marlbank.
Collection weeks in the northern zone: Dec. 3, Dec. 17, Dec. 31, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 4.
Southern zone: All homes south of Dare Road, which includes neighborhoods in Grafton, Tabb, Brandywine, Coventry, Kiln Creek, Calthrop Neck Road, Running Man, Cary’s Chapel Road.
Collections weeks in the southern zone: Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Dec. 24, Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4.
Bags must be on the roadside by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week. Bags cannot weigh more than 40 pounds, and must be clear and without drawstrings. Bags cannot be thicker than one millimeter. Bags with other yard debris such as sticks and pet waste won’t be collected.
Residents who have garbage collection may also bring their leaves to the Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority compost facility at 145 Goodwin Neck Road. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.