Turn in your leaves for FREE!
Fall leaves are pretty, unless they’re clogging a storm drain and causing local flooding—then not so much.
Please don’t rake or blow your leaves into the street. It’s prohibited and can cause serious issues during heavy rain. Salem Revised Code requires that all residents remove leaves that fall naturally on their property and within the right-of-way behind the curb. The City of Salem is responsible for leaves that fall in the street.
So what should you do with the leaves? You can put them your yard debris bin, compost them at home, or take them to the annual Fall Leaf Haul! You can drop off your leaves and grass clippings at our drop off location on the designated days. Because this is for Salem residents only, we can’t accept leaves or grass clippings from commercial landscapers. Also, no tree limbs or branches are accepted.
Assistance for senior and disabled residents
Seniors and disabled residents can call Center 50+ at 503-588-6303 for help transporting bagged leaves to collection sites. You must sign up in advance.
We can always use more volunteers. If you’d like to donate a few hours of time and energy, please call Leo Gonzalez (503-589-2195) at the Public Works Department.