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.
The NYC Compost Project provides technical assistance and workshops on how to compost leaves locally and connects residents with community compost sites that use leaves as a part of their composting process. Contact the NYC Compost Project to learn more.
To find local compost sites that accept leaves from the public, visit our map of community leaf drop-off locations.
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.