Fairfax County's fall leaf pickup program is under way. The service is provided in county sanitary districts where property owners pay a leaf collection surcharge on their real estate taxes.

The county will provide three separate vacuum leaf collections in each area served. Signs are posted in each area several days in advance of collection to alert residents.

Residents who live in leaf collection areas are asked to pile leaves within four feet of the street edgeline, since vacuum machines used to pick up the leaves have a limited reach.

During the leaf collection season, which runs through Dec. 10, mulched leaves are available to county residents at the I-66 Landfull Citizens Disposal Site, located at 4618 West Ox Rd. Residents must bring their own containers and tools for loading mulch.

More information on the leaf vacuum program or the availability of leaf mulch is available by calling 631-1484.

In areas that receive county refuse collection but not leaf vacuum service, residents should bag leaves and set them out on regular refuse collection days.

Private refuse collectors authorized to conduct business in Fairfax County are required to collect leaves from houesholds on their collection route if they are properly bagged. They are required to collect up to six bags of leaves a week per household where collections are made weekly, or up to four bags per collection where collections occur twice a week.