Initial disclaimer: if your municipal or private trash collection service collects leaves and mulches them, ignore this post!
However, if your trash service does not collect organic waste — and you don’t have a neighbor who can use them in their garden, this suggestion is for you…
If you have trees in your yard (if you have a yard) and they are dumping down the leaves, I have an idea for you.
Don’t rake them up and put them in plastic bags to be taken away by the trash truck. Put them into a staging area and then fill your garbage cans each week till they are gone.
The leaves won’t go away. They’ll wait patiently until your garbage cans have enough room. If you’re in a windy area, jump on the leaves so they become a more solid mass.
Disclaimer: I realize that composting is an even better solution, but if you don’t have a garden, you have to do something with those leaves.