Free Leaf Collection Program

Free Program Available to Residents

The City of Rock Island provides free leaf collection for its residential refuse customers during the Spring and Fall.

Residents do not have to be participants in the Yard Waste Collection Program to use this leaf collection service and they do not have to place a yard waste sticker on the bags of leaves.

Free Bags Available

The City offers free leaf bags for the Free Leaf Collection Program. Leaf bag distribution locations and collection dates will be announced in the Spring.  

Requirements & Restrictions

  • Residents may receive a maximum of 20 free leaf bags per day.
  • Residents must provide proof of Rock Island residency through a photo ID or official mail.
  • Leaf bags provided by the City may only be used during the Free Leaf Collection Program.


Residents should abide by the following rules and regulations:
  • Leaves must be placed in approved paper yard waste bags.
  • Customers may provide their own approved paper yard waste bags or use bags provided by the City.
  • Leaf bags must be placed at the normal refuse collection location on the regular refuse collection day.  A separate truck will collect leaf bags.
  • Leaf bags may not contain anything other than leaves.

If you are a Yard Waste Collection Program participant, your bags and/or yard waste cart can be picked up on the regular refuse collection day and on the regular yard waste collection day.  Yard waste stickers are not required during the Free Leaf Collection Program period.

The City of Rock Island does not allow the burning of leaves and other yard waste.  Only recreational fires are allowed.