The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will soon begin collecting fallen leaves throughout Marion County. Beginning Monday, November 4 through Saturday, November 30, DPW will pick up as many as 40 bags of leaves per household each week—free of charge.To ensure a successful collection effort, Indianapolis residents are asked to follow these simple guidelines:

  • Place leaves in plastic or large paper lawn-waste bags.
  • Place leaf bags outside by 7 a.m. on your regular trash day.
  • Clearly identify and separate bags of leaves from regular trash. Place them on the opposite sides of the driveway, in different colored bags or use different color tie wraps.
In 96-gallon cart collection areas, all leaves must be bagged and placed at least three feet away from the cart to allow DPW trucks to service the cart. Additionally, all trash must fit inside the cart. Trash outside the cart will not be taken during leaf collection season. Residents also should clear leaves and debris from sewer inlets and drainage to avoid drainage and flooding problems.

DPW uses collected leaves as compost and makes it available to Marion County residents year round at no cost. Compost can be used as a soil conditioner, potting soil or mulch. Compost improves soil aeration, drainage and nutrient exchange, all factors that boost lawn health and garden growth.

Last year, approximately 5,000 tons of leaves were collected during the City’s annual leaf collection program.

As a reminder it is illegal to burn leaves in Marion County. Smoke from burning leaves pollutes the air with harmful particles and is hazardous to young children and people with heart and lung disease.

For more information please contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 317­-327­-4622, visit