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Press Release #17-75
Thursday, November 2, 2017
CONTACT: Public Affairs 646-885-5020

NYC Department of Sanitation Announces Autumn Leaf Collection Schedule

DSNY Will Collect Leaves in Paper Leaf Bags, Unlined Containers or Brown Organics Bins

The New York City Department of Sanitation is once again making special autumn leaf collections. The collected leaves will be turned into compost and added to soil to nourish the city’s street trees and parks.

Residents living in NYC Organics areas:

The three million residents living in “brown bin” NYC Organics curbside collection areas already receive leaf collection service, as yard waste is included as part of the program. Those residents should place their leaves in their brown bins or in paper leaf bags at the curb for pick-up on their regularly scheduled organics collection day. Do not use plastic bags. Visit for maps of NYC Organics curbside collection neighborhoods.

For many other residents NOT living in NYC Organics areas:

Setout after 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 11 or Saturday, November 25 for residents living in:

  • Bronx Community Boards 7 and 9
  • Brooklyn Community Boards 5, 9, 14, 17 and 18
  • Staten Island Community Boards 1 (only those without organics curbside service), 2 and 3

Setout after 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 or Saturday, December 2

  • Queens Community Boards 1, 3, 4, 6, 12 and 13

Residents should set out their leaves in a paper lawn and leaf bag or an open, unlined container. Do not use plastic bags.

Maps of community boards receiving special leaf collections and those receiving NYC Organics collection, along with additional information is available at

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.