Branches and Yard Waste


    Due to staffing shortages, City of Rockville customers may experience delays in curbside yard waste collections.

    Please leave yard waste at the curb and it will be collected as soon as possible. Do not remove yard waste if it has not been collected. Having yard waste at the curb will help crews assess collection needs and make plans to catch up as soon as possible, including collecting on Friday and Saturday.

    The city is working to bring staffing levels back to where we can once again resume regularly scheduled collections. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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.

 Still have questions? Contact: 

Recycling and Refuse

TDD: 240-314-8137
Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  1. Accepted Yard Waste
  2. Not Accepted
  • 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
  • Leaves
  • 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)
  • Hay/straw

Green Yard Tips

Save money and have a healthier yard by grasscycling, using leaves as mulch or composting.