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City Of Hickory Announces Leaf Collection Schedule

The City of Hickory will begin this year’s loose leaf collection on November 13. Curbside leaf collection will continue until January 19, 2024, per the announced schedule.

Until curbside leaf collection officially begins, citizens are asked to refrain from raking leaves to the curb and are reminded to place leaves in reusable yard waste bags, 32-gallon open containers marked Yard Waste, or clear plastic bags for collection on their regularly scheduled garbage collection day. Clear plastic bags are available for purchase at Hickory City Hall at 76 North Center Street and the Public Services Complex at 1441 Ninth Avenue NE. For a nominal fee, special leaf collection service may be scheduled by calling 828-323-7500.

The 2023-2024 Curbside Leaf Collection Schedule is as follows:

Northwest A – City limits on the west, North Center Street on the east, north of Norfolk Southern Railroad and south of 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), 6th Street NW, and 16th Avenue NW.

•November 13 – 17, 2023
•December 18 – 22, 2023

Northwest B – All of city limits north of 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), 6th Street NW, 16th Avenue NW, and west of North Center Street.

•November 20 – 24, 2023
•December 26 – 30, 2023

•November 27 – December 1, 2023
•January 1 – 5, 2024

•November 27 – December 1, 2023
•January 1 – 5, 2024

•December 4 – 15, 2023
•January 8 – 19, 2024

Tips to make leaf collection run smoother throughout the City of Hickory:

•Check your leaf pickup schedule online at
•Rake all leaves to the curb by the quadrant’s first collection day. Trucks begin pickup in various areas of the quadrant to ensure efficient service. If leaves are placed to the curb after the first day, there is a risk that the leaves will not be collected during the scheduled time.
•Do not mow grass or blow leaves and other debris into the street, as this causes numerous issues for you and your neighbors.
•Keep leaves away from storm drains and out of the street to help prevent flooding and accidents during rain, snow, and/or ice events.
•Never park your vehicle on a leaf pile. A hot exhaust system could catch the leaves on fire.
•Do not mix leaves with junk, trash, rocks, or brush (sticks), as this will damage equipment, delay collection, and potentially cause injury. Mixed piles may be deemed contaminated and result in a specialized pickup and associated fees.
•Leaves in reusable, collapsible yard waste bags; easily handled 32-gallon open containers marked Yard Waste; or clear plastic bags are collected weekly on your regular garbage day.
•Please remember that bagged leaves and yard waste must be placed in reusable yard waste bags, 32-gallon open containers, or clear plastic bags so crews can distinguish it from junk and garbage.
•Mulching and reusing your leaves and grass clippings around your yard helps to reduce the need for additional chemical fertilizers for your plants and lawn.
•Most importantly, please use extreme caution when operating motor vehicles in the vicinity of leaf collection crews. The safety of both residents and the leaf crews depend on it.

Citizens are asked to be patient and understand that pickup could be delayed due to staffing challenges and inclement weather. Updates will be provided as necessary if the service schedule is affected. Residents are reminded that the City of Hickory collects leaves and yard waste all year long if the material is placed in reusable yard waste bags, 32-gallon open containers marked Yard Waste, or clear plastic bags. These materials are collected weekly on their regular garbage collection day.

An interactive map is available at to help residents determine their quadrant and leaf pickup schedule. For questions regarding garbage, recycling, yard waste, or leaf collection in the City of Hickory, call 828-323-7500.