Public Works

Brush & Leaf Collection

Large amounts of Brush will be collected by City crews on a call-in basis only by calling the Service Department Center at (513) 686-1250 to schedule a pickup. Requests for removal will be scheduled for the following week.

Please have your brush to the curb by Sunday evening. The cut ends should be facing the street. Small amounts of brush should be placed in the provided Rumpke waste wheeler. Please see below for requirements for collection by Rumpke on your scheduled collection day.

City of Blue Ash Curbside Brush Collection Rules:
  • Brush consists of limbs and twigs. Brush will not be collected if mixed with other materials (such as yard waste (leaves, grass, flowers, mulch, bush trimmings, ornamental grass, bamboo), wood fencing, nails, plastic, metal, lumber, etc). The machine used for this service is not designed to accept these materials. Possible damage to the machine could occur or bodily harm to City workers.
  • Brush must be placed within six feet of the street or curb (within the City's right of way), as City equipment can only reach 6 feet from the street. Do not place brush in the street or on the sidewalk. Do not place brush near a parked car or fire hydrant.   
  • Brush must not be larger than 12" in diameter. Stumps and root systems must be detached.
  • Please have several small piles rather than one large pile. This will greatly help with efficiency.  If your pile is wider than our 6 foot reach, workers will only be able to collect what the truck can reach and the resident will need to rake anything left to land within the six foot margin.
Rumpke Curbside Brush Collection
Rumpke collects brush year-round on your regularly scheduled waste collection day. Brush must be cut in 6-foot lengths and tied in bundles or placed in your Rumpke waste wheeler or personal garbage can. Rumpke will not collect loose piles of brush so please place small amounts of brush in the provided waste wheeler.


Blue Ash Curbside Leaf Collection
Fall Schedule
Between mid-October and mid-December, City crews collect leaves along City streets (no bagging required during this time). For 2023, collection will begin the week of October 14 and ends on December 13.
  • Leaves must be placed near the edge of the street or curb (within the City's right of way). If leaves are placed on the sidewalk, please leave a path for pedestrians.
  • City crews are unable to pick up piles of leaves when parked vehicles are on top of the piles or blocking the piles. During the fall collection season, these piles will be picked up the following week when the vehicle has been moved.
  • Please do not mix any other yard waste items in with the leaves (such as grass, flowers, mulch, brush, bush trimmings).
  • Our goal is to service each street weekly, but during heavy volume periods, in the event of a snow/ice emergency, or due to equipment breakdown, it may take longer to complete a citywide sweep.
  • Leaves put out after City crews have already serviced a street will be collected the following week.
  • Residents may call our Service Department Center at (513) 686-1250 to find out when their street was last serviced.
Spring Schedule
There is a one-time spring leaf collection day by City crews following the same requirements as above. It is scheduled in April every year.  Check the online calendar for this year's collection, www.blueash.com/calendar.
  • Leaves must be raked to the curb prior to 7:00 AM for collection by the City.
  • Leaves put out after City crews have already serviced a street will not be collected and will need to be bagged or containerized for collection by Rumpke.
Rumpke Curbside Leaf Collection
Rumpke collects leaves year-round on your regularly scheduled waste collection day. Rumpke requires leaves to be bagged or placed in your Rumpke waste wheeler or personal garbage can. Rumpke will not collect loose piles of leaves.
Click here to view Hamilton County Solid Waste Mgmt. District's Yard Waste Drop-Off Program.

Page updated 11.09.23.