Certain neighborhoods (PDF) should set out fall leaves for collection on specific Saturdays in November and December; see the schedule below.
Residents in these areas should set out their leaves either in a paper lawn & leaf bag, or in an open, unlined container. DSNY turns the leaves into compost, a natural soil amendment.
These neighborhoods will receive leaf collection:
Neighborhoods that receive NYC organics collection should set out leaves with their regularly scheduled organics collection; they will not receive separate leaf collection.
Buildings with NYC organics collection can place leaves and yard waste in their brown organics bin, in paper lawn & leaf bags, or in open, unlined containers.
Leaves and compost are valuable resources for our soil! New York City residents are encouraged to compost their leaves at home or in their communities. NYC Compost Project provides technical assistance and workshops on how to compost leaves locally. NYC Compost Project staff also connects residents with community compost sites who use leaves as a part of their composting process. Contact NYC Compost Project.
Some food scrap drop-off sites accept leaves. Be sure to check with the site first, as not all are able to accept leaves.
Paper lawn & leaf bags are generally available from hardware and home improvement stores, as well as many larger supermarkets. There are events in every borough where these bags will be given away for free.
Where To Get Paper Lawn & Leaf Bags for each borough, stores that carry these bags, and events distributing FREE paper lawn & leaf bags.