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  •   Dept Head: Susie Gordon
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
  •   215 N Mason St
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
  •   Alexis Hmielak
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  •   970.221.6600
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Recycling Updates Newsletter

The Leaf Exchange!

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Did you know the City's Environmental Services Department sponsors a year-round Leaf Exchange? Since 2004, the Leaf Exchange has been provided as an, email-based service that uses Yahoo! Groups to connect people who need to get rid of leaves with those who need leaves for composting.

Why participate? Not only is the Leaf Exchange free, it serves multiple purposes:

  • Leaves are excellent for composting and often local residents and farmers use them to insulate plants and gardens for winter.
  • The Leaf Exchange keeps leaves from going to landfills for disposal. This helps the City meet its zero waste and climate action goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also saves residents money by avoiding extra charges on their trash bills.
  • Plus, it keeps leaves from being raked onto the street, which can clog storm drains.

How To Use the Exchange

1. Visit the Leaf Exchange Yahoo! Group

2. Click the "sign up" link.

If you already have a Yahoo! login, simply sign in. If you don't have a login, fill out the online form to obtain a login. Registration is required to reduce spam.

3. Read the Guidelines

View the Group Description to learn how to compose and post your "Leaves Wanted" or "Leaves Available" message.

* There are times that supply exceeds demand. Can't find someone to take your leaves? View these Additional leaf drop-off locations.

* Do not include rocks, trash, twigs or branches in your leaves.

* Please keep in mind that the City of Fort Collins makes no guarantees regarding the status of any listed material and it does not arrange transportation of materials. Most important, however, is that residents and business owners may not rake their leaves into the street.