We have reached the time of year, leaf season, where the combination of increased yard debris volume and shortened daylight hours have made it impossible for the normal schedule to be maintained. The City of Aiken Public Services Department asks our citizens to be patient with us as we work through leaf season. We will be working beyond our normal schedule to provide the best service possible. Leaf season is unpredictable, and the length and timing vary from year to year. We will provide an update when leaf season is over, and we are back on the regular schedule.

During leaf season, specific circumstances allow citizens to exceed the twelve-foot maximum yard trash pile length. However, oversized 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.
  • It shall be unlawful to place yard trash on, or within three feet of, the water meter, fire hydrant, or any other obstacle.
  • 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 predominately leaves, 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, at the Public Services Director’s discretion, the City may allow for oversized piles with no additional charges.
  • 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 though the yard trash ordinance are added to the monthly City water bill. Where there is no active water account the charges will be added to the City property tax bill.

Please contact the Public Services Department at 803-642-7613 with any questions