Oak Ridge leaf pickup starts Monday

The citywide leaf pickup program begins Monday, Nov. 19. The schedule is printed below.

Oak Ridge officials said workers will try to follow the schedule as closely as possible, but it is a general guide and pickup dates can vary considerably from the real schedule due to the amount of leaves and weather.

Here a few guidelines for the leaf pickup program:

  • Residents should place their leaves near, but not beyond, the curb. Leaves are not to be placed in the street due to possible clogging of storm drains and posing a traffic hazard. Hazards can be removed by the city at the resident’s cost.
  • Leaves should be free of tree branches and twigs as these can cause the leaf vacuums to clog. Because of their impact on production, leaf piles found to contain these items will not be picked up.
  • All leaves must be placed outside fenced areas. Leaves in plastic bags will also be picked up at the curb during the scheduled program.
  • Only leaves will be collected during this fall’s program. Residents are reminded that the leaf pickup program typically begins the Monday before Thanksgiving each year, while the citywide household trash and brush pickup programs are held during April and May.

For more information, contact Waste Connections of Tennessee at (865) 482-3656.

The leaf pickup schedule can also be found on the city’s website at www.oakridgetn.gov.


First Week

  • Monday, Nov. 19—Valparaiso Road, East Vanderbilt Drive, West Vanderbilt Drive, Villanova Road, Virginia Road, Scarboro community, Burnham Woods subdivision, Groves Park Commons
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20—Manhattan Avenue from Rutgers Avenue to Manchester Road, Morris Lane, Nasson Lane, Northwestern Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to South Purdue Avenue, Paine Lane, Paris Lane, Park Lane, Pembroke Road, Phillips Lane, Potomac Circle, Pratt Lane, Princeton Avenue, South Purdue Avenue, Queens Road, Quincy Avenue
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21—West Gettysburg Avenue, Marshall Circle, Nevada Circle, Newberry Circle, Niagara Lane, Northwestern Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to North Purdue Avenue, Parsons Road, Piedmont Road, North Purdue Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to Manhattan Avenue
  • Thursday, Nov. 22—Holiday
  • Friday, Nov. 23—Goucher Circle, Manhattan Avenue from North Purdue Avenue to Manchester Road, Manchester Road, Marietta Circle, Marquette Road, Maryville Circle, North Purdue Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to Marquette Road, Willow Place, Liberty Court, Graham Place


Second Week

  • Monday, Nov. 26—Hendrix Creek subdivision, Eastridge Drive, English Court, Esquire Court, Wolf Creek subdivision
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27—Briarcliff subdivision
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28—Emory Valley subdivision east of Caldwell Drive, Amanda Drive, Amanda Place, Adelphi Road, Albion Road, Albright Road, Antioch Drive, Artesia Drive, Asbury Lane, Bay Path Drive, Beechwood Court, Belle Creek Drive, Blue Mountain Court, Bridgewater Lane, Stonebridge Way, Rivers Run subdivision, Park Mead Drive, Center Park Lane, Marywater Lane, Marywood Court, Riverview Drive, Rivers Court, Palisades Parkway, Presidential Drive, Patriot Lane, Pinnacle Way
  • Thursday, Nov. 29—Emory Valley subdivision including west of Caldwell Drive, Emory Heights
  • Friday, Nov. 30—East Drive from Endicott Lane to Athens Road, Eastburn Lane, Eaton Lane, Edgehill Lane, Edison Lane, Elliott Circle, Emerson Circle, Emerson Place


Third Week

  • Monday, Dec. 3—East Drive from Outer Drive to Endicott Lane, Enfield Lane, Englewood Lane, Essex Lane, Euclid Circle, Euclid Place, Evans Lane, Everest Circle, Reel Heights & Tanglewood Subdivision
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4—North Alabama Road, South Alabama Road, Albany Road, Alder Lane, Alger Road, Alhambra Road, Amherst Lane, Andover Circle, West Arrowwood Road, East Arrowwood Road, Ashland Lane, Atlanta Road, Arizona Road, Arkansas Avenue, Aspen Lane, Athens Road, Audubon Road
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5—California Avenue, Cahill Lane, Carlisle Lane, Cedar Lane, Cedar Road, Chatham Lane, Clarion Road, Outer Drive from East Drive to Delaware Avenue, Oak Lane, Ogden Lane, Ogden Circle, Oglethorpe Place
  • Thursday, Dec. 6—East Tennessee Avenue from California Avenue to Georgia Avenue, Tabor Road, Tacoma Road, North Tampa Lane, South Tampa Lane, Taylor Road, Temple Road, Thayer Lane, Thelma Road, Thornton Road, Tilden Road, Townsend Road, Tomlinson Road, Trevose Lane
  • Friday, Dec. 7—Outer Drive from Florida Avenue to Delaware Avenue, Ogontz Lane, Olean Lane, Olmstead Lane, Olney Lane, Dallas Lane, East Dalton Road, West Dalton Road, East Damascus Road, West Damascus Road, Darwin Lane, Darwin Road, Decatur Road, Delaware Avenue, Delmar Circle, Devon Lane, Dewey Road, Disston Road, Ditman Lane, Dixie Lane


Fourth Week 

  • Monday, Dec. 10—Florida Avenue, East Fairview Road, West Fairview Road, East Farragut Road, West Farragut Road, East Faunce Lane, West Faunce Road, East Fernhill Lane, West Fernhill Road, Firestone Road, East Forest Road, West Forest Lane, Fulton Lane, Tyson Road, Turner Road, Tucker Road
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11—Outer Drive from Florida Avenue to Michigan Avenue, Oneida Lane, Ontario Lane, Orange Lane, Kentucky Avenue, Kelvin Lane, Kenwyn Road, Keystone Lane, Kimball Lane, Kingsley Road, Kingfisher Lane, Georgia Avenue, East Geneva Lane, West Geneva Lane, Glendale Lane, Gorgas Lane, Gordon Road
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12—Orchard Circle, Orchard Lane, Orkney Road, Michigan Avenue, Moylan Lane, Milton Lane, Mayfair Lane, Meadow Road, Mead Lane, Maple Lane, Marion Road, East Malta Road, Malvern Road, West Malta Road, East Maiden Lane, West Maiden Lane, West Magnolia Lane, East Magnolia Lane, West Madison Lane, East Madison Road
  • Thursday, Dec. 13—New York Avenue, Norwood Lane, Norris Lane, Norman Lane, Nolan Road, Nixon Road, East Newkirk Lane, West Newkirk Lane, East Newcomb Road, West Newcomb Road, Nesper Road, Tennessee Avenue from New York Avenue to Georgia Avenue, Utah Avenue, Uvalde Lane, Upsal Road, Ulysses Lane, Umbria Lane, Ulena Lane, Underwood Road, Norton Road
  • Friday, Dec. 14—Pennsylvania Avenue from New York Avenue to Providence Road, Vermont Avenue, Valetta Lane, West Vance Road, Vassar Road, Venus Road, Verbena Road, Vernon Road, Victoria Road, Viking Road, Vienna Road, Viola Road, Vista Road, Pacific Road, Packer Road, Palmetto Lane, Paoli Lane, Palmer Road, East Pasadena Road, Panama Road, Pallas Road, Parma Road, Parker Road, North Tulane Avenue, West Pasadena Lane


Fifth Week

  • Monday, Dec. 17—Outer Drive from Pennsylvania Avenue to Michigan Avenue, Oxford Road, Osage Road, Providence Road, Pennsylvania Avenue from Providence Road to Outer Drive, Pleasant Road, Plymouth Circle, Pomona Road, West Price Lane, East Price Road, Powell Road, Porter Road, Union Road, Pocono Lane, Pine Lane, East Pawley Lane, West Pawley Road, East Passmore Lane, West Passmore Road, Pearl Road, Pelham Road, Peach Road, Poplar Road, Pickwick Lane
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18—West Outer Drive from North Illinois Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, Warwick Lane, Ivy Lane, Warrior Circle, Warrior Lane, Waltham Lane, Waltham Place, Walsh Lane, Walpole Lane, Walnut Lane, Wadsworth Circle, Wadsworth Place, Wakeman Lane, Wakefield Road, Wainwright Road, North Walker Lane, South Walker Lane, Wabash Lane, Waddell Circle, Waddell Place, Wade Lane, Wedgewood Road, Westlook Circle, Westoverlook Drive, Westlook Drive
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19—Robertsville Road from Oak Ridge Turnpike to North Illinois Avenue, Raleigh Road, Robin Lane, Iris Circle, Inca Circle, Ivanhoe Road, Hillside Road, North Hickory Lane, South Hickory Lane, Hickory Place, Henley Road, Henley Place, Henderson Lane, Highland Avenue, East Holston Lane, West Holston Lane, Howard Lane, Hollywood Circle, Hoyt Lane, Hamilton Circle, Hunter Circle, Hunter Place, East Hutchinson Circle, West Hutchinson Circle, Hutchinson Place, Hubbell Place
  • Thursday, Dec. 20—West Outer Drive from Louisiana Avenue to North Illinois Avenue, Wellington Circle, Wayside Road, Wayne Place, Wayne Road, Washburn Circle, North Illinois Avenue, Iroquois Road, Ithaca Lane, West Irving Lane, East Irving Lane, Iona Circle, Independence Lane, Indian Place, Indian Lane, Robertsville Road from North Illinois Avenue to Jefferson Avenue, Royce Circle
  • Friday, Dec. 21—Lasalle Road, Locust Lane, Livingston Road, Loyola Lane, Revere Circle, Regent Circle, Jefferson Avenue, Jonathan Place, Jonathan Lane, East Judd Lane, West Judd Lane, Johnson Road, Jarrett Lane, Jasper Lane, Jay Lane, Jersey Lane, Jellico Lane, Lawton Road, Lancaster Road, South Lansing Road, North Lincoln Circle, East Lincoln Road, South Jefferson Circle, North Jefferson Circle, Latimer Road, Jefferson Court


Sixth Week

  • Monday, Dec. 24—Holiday
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25—Holiday
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26—West Outer Drive from Morningside Drive to Louisiana Avenue, Robertsville Road from Jefferson Avenue to Mississippi Avenue, Salem Road, Scott Lane, Sanford Lane, South Seneca Road, North Seneca Road, Sequoia Lane, Sheridan Circle, Sheridan Place, Stanton Lane, Seymour Lane, Lindale Lane, Lind Place, Lynwood Lane, West Lincoln Road, Louisiana Avenue, Lawrence Lane, Lewis Lane, Lehigh Lane
  • Thursday, Dec. 27—Windham Road, Windhaven Lane, Moore Lane, Montclair Road, Montreal Lane, Monaco Lane, Middlebury Road, Morgan Road, Morningside Drive, Mississippi Avenue
  • Friday, Dec. 28—Robertsville Road from East Melbourne Road to Mississippi Avenue, Bradley Avenue, West Bryn Mawr Circle, East Bryn Mawr Circle, Beverly Circle, Butler Road, Byron Lane, Bermuda Road, Briar Road, Bunker Lane, Rand Circle, Wiltshire Estates


Seventh Week

  • Monday, Dec. 31—Montana Avenue, West Melbourne Road, Mockingbird Lane, Maltese Lane, Mallard Lane, Meadowlark Lane, Macaw Lane, Maywood Road, Macon Lane, East Melbourne Road, Monticello Road, Moss Road, Miramar Circle, Mohawk Road, Jackson Crossing
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1—Holiday
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2—West Outer Drive from Nebraska Avenue to Morningside Drive, Walton Lane, Wendover Circle, Wilderness Lane, Woodridge Lane, Willow Lane
  • Thursday, Jan. 3—Nebraska Avenue, Newridge Road, Newell Lane, Normandy Road, Norway Lane, Newton Lane, Newcrest Lane, Naples Lane, Newhaven Road, Netherland Road, Newark Lane, Neville Lane, Newcastle Lane, Newport Drive, Newhope Lane, Nathan Lane, New Bedford Lane, Nantucket Way
  • Friday, Jan. 4—West Outer Drive from Nebraska Avenue to dead end, Wimberly Lane, Windgate Road, Westwind Drive, Windsong Lane, Oklahoma Avenue, Westover Drive, Wildwood Drive, Mason Lane


Eighth Week

  • Monday, Jan. 7—Rarity Ridge, West Southwood Lane, East Southwood Lane, Sweetgum Lane, Shagbark Lane, Country Club Estates, Greenview, Whippoorwill Drive, Westview Lane, Weldon Lane, Wesley Lane, Winston Lane, William Lane, Wildcat Lane, Winchester Circle, Wisconsin Avenue


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  • oakie99

    It is nice that they want to pick up leaves, but mulching them is better for the soil. However, if I wanted to put them out to be picked up, I would not want to do in after New Years in the dead of winter and if I put them out now, it would kill the grass while waiting.

  • Mike Williams 224

    I cannot say I agree with the schedule. Seriously is someone going to leave their leaves laying in piles from raking time which is now until January 7th? Those poor people out west will be waiting forever….thank goodness I’m over here on East Drive. Could the pickup not be completed in 4 weeks?

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnhuotari John Huotari

    Sorry, but I don’t know what accounts for the length of the schedule, but I will try to find out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smithellen Ellen Smith

    This is the way the schedule has been for quite a few years. The work is done by a contractor. As I understand it, the city public works department pays the contractor for one crew to work its way across the city. Apparently, contracting for a second crew to accelerate the schedule would cost more. Something like that was done one of the years that I was on city council. With the city budget as tight as it is, that hasn’t happened again. However, city crews do move some leaves “off schedule” in order to resolve problems.

    Ideally, crews would cover the whole city more than once during the leaf season, but you can bet that would cost even more than adding a second crew to speed up the process.

    The best thing to do with leaves is to compost them or use them as mulch on your own property, but not everyone can do that. If you bag your leaves and put them out with your weekly trash, they will be picked up by the trash collectors and taken to the landfill. I don’t like that, because I don’t like the idea of entombing leaves in a landfill. I believe that if residents take leaves to the Waste Connections and put them in the proper bin, they will be sent to a “green waste” facility, same as the leaves that get pulled off the street.

    I know that there are some energetic individuals who will pick up other people’s bagged leaves for use in their own composts. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of anybody who is looking for more leaf sources, but they might be findable in the wonderful world of the Internet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnhuotari John Huotari

      Thanks for the info. I do appreciate the program, but I find it easier to mulch ours.

  • Steve Dittner

    If I put my leaves at the curb now by the time they come to pick them up the leaves will no longer be there, they’ll be in my neighbors yard and the grass will be dead where it sat. Every year, except one, I have had to haul off my own leaves. This program works for the fortunate ones (look where they pick up first) and not for the rest of us. I don’t know about the rest of you, but my trees are bare….

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnhuotari John Huotari

      That seems to be a consistent concern. I wonder if the city staff is aware of it. I’ll try to check on that.

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