Leaf season begins in Aiken on November 15th. During leaf season, specific circumstances allow citizens to exceed the twelve-foot maximum length of yard trash piles. These piles must predominantly consist of leaves. Please see below for additional information concerning yard trash pickup:

  • Residential yard trash is defined as the collection of vegetative materials from residential property. This type of trash may include but is not limited to trimmings, tree branches, pine straw, leaves, and grass clippings. These items, created through routine residential property maintenance, may be put out for pickup.
  • It shall be unlawful to place yard trash on the water meter, fire hydrant, or any other obstacle within three feet.
  • Yard trash piles are limited to one pile per property.
  • Yard trash piles cannot be placed under utility lines or tree limbs with less than twenty feet of overhead clearance.
  • Where utility lines, tree limbs, road configuration, or any other safety concern makes it impracticable to locate the yard trash pile either on owners’ or tenants’ property or directly in front of and on the same side of the street as owners’ or tenants’ property, at the Public Services Director’s discretion, the City of Aiken may identify an alternate location. Such alternate locations may include but are not limited to community piles with neighboring property owners.
  • The maximum length of a yard trash pile is twelve feet.
  • During leaf season, yard trash piles, consisting of leaves predominately, may exceed the twelve-foot maximum length.
  • The Public Services Director, or his department designee, will determine when leaf season begins and ends each year.
    Following a recognized weather event or natural disaster, the City may allow for oversized piles with no additional charges at the Public Services Director’s discretion.
  • All limbs or other vegetative debris must be cut in lengths of six feet or less.
  • Furniture, including but not limited to box springs, chairs, tables, white goods (i.e., appliances), and metal goods, shall be considered a special collection. These special collections must be scheduled with the Public Services Department. Special collection fees shall be added to the monthly City water bill.
  • The cost to pick up unscheduled special collections shall be double the normal special collection fee.
  • Charges incurred through the yard trash ordinance are added to the monthly City water bill. If there is no active water account, the costs will be added to the City property tax bill.

Please get in touch with the Public Services Department at 803-642-7613 with any questions. Also, please be aware that the volume of leaves may sometimes make it impossible for us to maintain the regular pickup schedule. That said, we will do our best to work efficiently and provide our citizens with quality service.