Area governments have announced leaf collection schedules and guidelines:
Baltimore City -- Effective immediately, residents can put out up to four bags of leaves on the first refuse collection day of the week. They can put out up to 12 bags on second collection day of week. Pickup will continue until leaves are gone.
Baltimore County -- Crews will collect leaves for residents who have 10 bags or more, while residents with fewer than 10 bags can put them out with other refuse.
The pickup schedule varies for each area of the county.
In the western county, leaves will be collected this week and continuing during the weeks of Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 in the Liberty Road-Reisterstown Road corridor westward through Randallstown and Reisterstown. During the weeks of Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, collections are scheduled from Johnnycake Road to Baltimore Highlands.
In the central county, collections will occur this week and in the weeks of Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 from the city line north on York Road to Padonia Road and from the city line north to the west side of Loch Raven Boulevard to Cromwell Bridge Road. During the weeks of Nov. 18., Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, the county will serve the east side of Loch Raven Boulevard to Baynesville and along Harford Road north to Cub Hill, as well as from the city line along Bel Air Road through Perry Hall.
In the eastern county, bagged leaf collection will be provided with regular weekly refuse collection. Residents are reminded that it is illegal to push leaves into the streets.
Outside those locales, county residents with 10 or more bags of leaves should call Baltimore County's Bureau of Sanitation at 887-2000 to arrange for collections by Dec. 20.
Anne Arundel County -- Collection schedule begins today. Residents should call 222-6108 between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays to schedule pickups on any of three upcoming weekends. Workers will pick up an unlimited number of bags, but each bag must be tied and weigh no more than 40 pounds. Collection will take place Nov. 16-17, Nov. 23-24, and Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
In Annapolis, the city operates two trucks that vacuum loosleaves along streets and sidewalks on a two-week schedule in the fall. The city also collects bags of leaves or bundled yard waste every two weeks year-round. For additional information, call 263-7949.
Howard County -- Most residents can leave up to four bags of trash and/or leaves on regular collection days. There has been a change in the leaf collection program for Maple Trail residents: Leaves can be left out for collection in plain plastic bags, rather than in clear plastic bags.
Carroll County -- Most of the county's eight municipalities have their own recycling and trash pickup services. However, residents with an abundance of leaves may take them free of charge to the county landfill on any Saturday in November. The Northern Landfill is located on Route 140 east of Westminster, and the Southern Landfill is on Route 97 in Woodbine. After November, residents will have to pay to dump their leaves.
Harford County: Collection requirements vary by locale.
In Bel Air, residents can push leaves to the curb, where a truck equipped with a vacuum hose will pick them up. Bagged leaves will be picked up on regular collection days.
In Aberdeen, up to 10 bags of leaves can be put out on regular collection days.
In Havre de Grace, bagged leaves can be put out on regular collection days.
Residents outside the three townships can dispose of bagged leaves at the Scarborough Landfill free of charge. The landfill will be closed today for Veterans Day.
Frederick County -- Frederick County recently completed curbside pickup of leaves in Walkersville, Brunswick, Thurmont and Clover Hill as a pilot recycling project. The leaves were given to farmers in the area for composting and other uses.
Any remaining bagged leaves can be put out on regular collection days.