Dickson Launches Leaf Pickup Season Nov. 1

Courtesy of, Chris Norman, City of Dickson

DICKSON, TN – The City of Dickson Public Works Department will launch its seasonal loose-leaf pickup service Wednesday, Nov. 1. The service runs through Monday, April 15, 2024.

As a service to residents of the city, crews will circulate through every street in the city multiple times during the season to vacuum leaves that have been raked or blown to the side of the street. Loose leaves are not picked up by calls or appointments.

“We’ve determined that it is more efficient to send our leaf-vacuum crews around the city on a street-by-street schedule instead of running around the city responding to calls,” said Public Works Director David Travis. “Crews will continue their routes through the city until April 15 and will make multiple passes on every street during this time.”

Residents inside the city limits of Dickson can rake or blow loose leaves to the street right-of-way for pickup. Leaves should be no more than five feet from the shoulder of the road or curb and no more than two feet deep, but should not block drainage ditches or storm drains, obstruct sidewalks or create a traffic hazard.

Leaves should not be within three feet of any mailbox, sign post, utility pole or other structure. They also should be free of any debris, branches or other materials that could damage the vacuums.

“As we enter the season for leaf-pickup, I want to assure all city residents that we will get your leaves picked up. There is no need to call to report that your leaves are ready to be picked up,” Travis said. “Even if a crew passes your house before you have your leaves ready, don’t worry because we will be back several times before the season ends.”

In addition to loose-leaf pickup Nov. 1-April 15, the Public Works Department picks up bagged leaves year-‘round. Leaves in biodegradable bags should be free of household garbage, branches and other debris and placed at the side of the road. Bagged leaves are picked up on a per-call basis at 615-441-9508 or by email to Jeanneé Porter at jporter@cityofdickson.com throughout the calendar year.

Residents who hire a business or service to gather leaves must also include leaf removal in that service. The city will not pick up leaves gathered or moved to the roadside by a commercial company or service.

The Public Works Department offers pickup service for brush and one tree cut less than six feet in length and 12 inches in diameter at no charge. A bulk pickup pre-paid fee of $150 per load is required for the removal of more than one tree or one tree that exceeds the restrictions on length and diameter.

The department will not pick up brush and limbs cut by a commercial landscaping or tree-trimming company.

The City of Dickson’s leaf- and brush-removal policies can be viewed on the city’s website at cityofdickson.com under the Public Works Department or call the department at 615-441-9508 for more information.