Landscaping pros recommend that you regularly clean up leaves in your yard, rather than waiting until spring arrives before dealing with the mess. Once at the end of October, once at Thanksgiving and once at the beginning of the New Year should keep your lawn from getting overrun. For the average homeowner, the simplest way to keep leaves manageable is a steel rake and some sweat equity. You can also hire local school kids or lean on a family member for help if you don't wish to tackle the job yourself.
You can also rent a leaf blower to clean under trees and shrubs or behind fixtures like dog houses or sheds. Small vacuums can likewise be rented from home hardware centers at a fairly reasonable cost, but you'll need to spend time transferring leaves from vacuum bags to garbage bags. Many cities do have leaf recycling programs; these usually involve putting your leaves in clear or blue-colored bags at the end of your driveway on a particular day for pickup. Check your town or city's website to see if your municipality participates in this kind of program.