Leaves are now being collected in Fairfax County by the Public Works Department and other providers of solid waste service.

The county provides vacuum collection of leaves only in certain sanitary districts where property owners pay an additional three cents per $100 valuation as a leaf collection surcharge on real estate taxes. The county is making three separate collections in those districts. Signs are being posted in advance in each area notifying residents of the date on which each collection period will start.

The county urges residents in its leaf collection districts to pile leaves within four feet of the street edge. If possible, leaves should be piled at the curbline the day before collections are scheduled to begin. Leaf piles should not contain branches, stones or other debris which could jam the vacuum machines.

In areas which receive county trash collection but do not receive vacuum collection of leaves, residents are asked to bag leaves and set them out with their trash on regular trash collection days.

Private trash collectors authorized to work in the county are required to pick up a maximum of six bags of leaves a week, where collections are made weekly, or four bags per collection where collections are made twice a week.

For more information on county vacuum leaf pickup, call 691-2105. For information on county bagged leaf collection, call 631-1484.