Leaf Disposal Information

If you do not live in an area that receives organics collections or special fall leaf pick-ups for composting, then you must dispose of your leaves with your garbage.

You can place leaves, grass clippings, and small twigs (less than 1/2 inch in diameter) curbside for collection on your regularly scheduled trash collection days into:

  • Black bags
  • Unlined trash containers

Twigs and branches greater than 1/2 inch in diameter cannot be thrown out with leaves and grass clippings; you must follow wood disposal guidelines.

There is no limit to the amount of clippings that can be put out for collection as long as they were produced by residents and not landscapers. It is illegal for commercial landscapers to dispose of yard waste by placing it at the curb for collection.

Leaves may also be composted in the backyard, left on the lawn, or taken to a neighborhood-based leaf and yard waste composting site.

Fall Leaf Collections

The Department of Sanitation will conduct special collections of fall leaves for composting in certain areas. Leaves must be placed curbside after 4 PM on designated Saturday nights for collection on Sunday morning according to the following guidelines:

  • Leaves should preferably be placed in 30-gallon, brown paper lawn and leaf bags
  • Leaves may also be placed in unlined garbage cans labeled “yard waste”
  • Plastic bags cannot be used to discard leaves during the leaf collection period
  • Tree prunings, firewood, branches, and yard clippings from landscapers and other hired professionals cannot be included

If you place paper leaf bags or unlined trash receptacles containing leaves before the leaf collection period, they will not be collected until the period begins.

If you have organics collection, continue to place your yard waste according to the organics collection rules and your scheduled pickup days.

Missed collections of leaves will not be accepted until the Thursday after the scheduled collection.