Nonprofits and agencies participating in the NYC Organics Collection program should use these guidelines to determine which items can be disposed of in the organics bin.
Small amounts of leaf and yard waste can be placed in the organics bin. Put extra yard waste in paper lawn and leaf bags, any rigid container, or bundles. Clear plastic recycling bags can also be used, but are not preferred because plastic is not compostable.
Types of leaf and yard waste that can be placed in the organics bin include:
Agencies and institutions in Brooklyn and Queens must contact the NYC Parks Department for removal of trees, tree prunings, or other wood that is more than a half-inch in diameter, due to the Asian Longhorned Beetle quarantine rules for wood debris.