Where Do the Raked Leaves go in Montgomery County? A Leaf’s Tale.

by MCS Staff

Where Do the Raked Leaves go in Montgomery County? A Leaf’s Tale.

Every autumn, Montgomery County becomes a sea of red, orange, and brown as trees prepare for the chilly weather ahead. And every good neighbor brings out their rakes and leaves their leaf piles neaty on the edge of their yard. Thanks to MCDOT’s Leaf Vacuum Program, all raked leaves are collected and out of sight. But where do the leaves go?

Luckily for the leaves, they’ll find a new home at the Montgomery County Yard Trim Composting Facility (MCYTCF) in Dickerson, with a throughput capacity of 77,000 tons of material per year, the 118 acre composting plant collects yard trim year-round through Montgomery County’s curbside recycling program. From here, the debris is made into compost and packaged, ready to be sold.

By Amy Lusignan

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Edward Silverstein October 25, 2020 - 11:45 am

The County does not provide leaf vaccuum service throughout the County which is something I do not understand. I mean the tax rate is the same throughout the County. So, why is there this discrimination? Why should those of us not fortunate enough to not have the County’s vaccuum service have to round up leaves and bag them before the County will deign to pick them up.

Chris October 28, 2020 - 7:07 am

Anyone who is in one of the leaf collection districts pays an additional fee for the service. No one gets it for free.

You can read about the full program here including the law and fees


admin@justus.group October 26, 2020 - 12:39 pm

to whom are the leaves sold?

Chris October 28, 2020 - 7:20 am

The leaves are sold to landscapers and homeowners under the name LeafGro

More about the program is here – https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/sws/facilities/cf/

From the site above:

The Montgomery County Yard Trim Composting Facility (MCYTCF), located in Dickerson, Maryland, has been in operation since 1983. Montgomery County operates the facility through a contract with Maryland Environmental Service (MES). MES is a state agency structured as a nonstock, nonprofit, public purpose corporation established to assist Maryland jurisdictions with environmental operations. The facility produces and sells both bulk and bagged Leafgro®, a high-quality compost used extensively by landscapers and homeowners for soil improvement. In April 2018, the county partnered with ProAmpac’s Trinity Packaging Division and Braskem’s I’m green TM PE to produce new sustainable packaging made from sugarcane.

Amy Maron October 31, 2020 - 2:40 pm

I would like to know if the yard waste program actually pays for itself through the sale of Leafgro, which is valuable commodity. Would like to see analysis of this.


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