Branches and Yard Waste
Yard Waste Delays: What the City Is Doing and What You Can Do to Help
The City of Rockville is taking additional action to address persistent delays in yard waste collections due to severe staffing shortages.
Beginning on Saturday, June 11, the city will collect yard waste on Saturdays in all areas, citywide, that were missed throughout the week. If your yard waste was not collected during the week, please leave it at the curb by 6 a.m. Saturday for collection.
Collection delays are expected to continue throughout the summer. Many jurisdictions, both regionally and nationally, are confronting this challenge as the solid waste industry faces a severe shortage of operators with commercial driver’s licenses. Rockville understands the importance of routine yard waste collections and is making every effort to provide this weekly service.
Here’s how you can help:
- If your yard waste is not collected on your normal collection day, please leave it at the curb until a crew returns on Saturday.
- Consider lightening your yard waste load by grasscycling, which leaves grass clippings on the lawn as an easy fertilizer.
- Slow down to get around. Take extra care when operating a vehicle near workers. Slow down when driving near or passing recycling and trash trucks and other utility vehicles.
- Please remember that the crews staffing collection trucks are doing their best. Their work is physically demanding and complicated by summer heat, storms and equipment failures. Please be patient.
- Stay in the know. For more information about city recycling, trash, yard waste and special collections, please check this page, Rockville Reports, or our social media accounts.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. The city is recruiting sanitation workers and making every effort to bring staffing levels back to where we can once again resume regularly scheduled collections. To learn how to join our team, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/careers.
Rockville provides weekly yard waste collections.
Large trees and piles of branches are not collected with yard waste and require a special collections appointment. Trees and brush must not exceed 8 feet long and 2 feet in diameter.
Tips for Collection:
- Place yard waste in biodegradable paper lawn bags or 32-gallon trash cans (weight must be less than 50 pounds).
- Place materials at the curb, not the alleyways.
- Place in an unobstructed area by 6 a.m.
- Do not use any plastic bags.
- Do not dump any yard waste or leaves in storm drains.
- Place pest-infested yard waste and invasive plant species in the trash cart.
Large trees and piles of branches may require special equipment and require a special collections appointment. Large, storm-related debris will be collected by the city, but may take several weeks for crews to collect throughout the city.
Report a Yard Waste Collection Concern
Complete the online form to report a missed collection or any other concerns regarding branches and yard waste.
- Bamboo (not to exceed 8 feet in length)
- Branches (not to exceed 2 feet in diameter or 8 feet in length), shrubs and pruning debris
- Flowers (remove dirt)
- Garden waste
- Grass clippings
- Live holiday trees and wreaths (removal base standards, nails, decoration, and plastic)
- Old mulch
- Trees and stumps (not to exceed 2 feet in diameter or 8 feet in length)
- Weeds (remove dirt)
- No materials in plastic bags
- No dirt, rocks, sod (place in trash)
- No pumpkins, tree fruit (place in trash)
Green Yard Tips
Save money and have a healthier yard by grasscycling, using leaves as mulch or composting.
- Yard waste collected by the city is turned into yard mulch that is available free of charge a the Montgomery County's Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.
- Free wood and wood chips are available the city's Maintenance Facility (14625 Rothgeb Drive) for residents to cut and haul away.