Through Jan. 12, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will collect and compost nearly 8,000 tons of leaves throughout the District. This is a free service for all DC residents. To help prepare for leaf collections, residents are asked to rake their leaves and place them by the curb or tree box on the Sunday before their scheduled collection week. DPW will collect leaves in residential neighborhoods at least twice through Jan. 12. Residents can find the leaf collection schedule for each ward at leaf.dcgis.dc.gov.