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Fall Leaf Collection

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.

2017 Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

These neighborhoods will receive leaf collection:

  • Bronx (Community Boards # 7 & 9)
  • Brooklyn (Community Boards # 5, 9, 14, 17, 18)
  • Staten Island (all Community Boards #1*, 2, 3)
  • Setout after 4pm:
    • •   Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • •   Saturday, November 25, 2017

  • Queens (Community Boards #1, 3, 4, 6, 12, 13)
  • Setout after 4pm:
    • •   Saturday, November 18
    • •   Saturday, December 2

  • *Neighborhoods that receive NYC organics collection set out leaves along with their other organics.

Maps of leaf collection districts (PDF).
Fall leaf collection instructions by borough (PDF).

NYC Organics 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.

Leaf Setout Guidelines

  • -   Collect leaves in paper lawn & leaf bags or in open unlined containers.
  • -   Set out leaves for collection at the curb after 4pm on the dates indicated above.
  • -   Sanitation will collect your leaves for composting.
  • -   Do not put leaves in plastic bags. Leaves in plastic bags will be collected as garbage.
  • -   Leaves, grass, branches, and yard clippings generated by hired professionals cannot be set out for curbside collection. Professionals must dispose of the materials they generate at a permitted composting facility. This includes proper disposal of wood from trees within Asian Longhorned Beetle quarantine zones.
  • -   Brooklyn and Queens: no wood debris. Residents must schedule an appointment with the Parks Department for disposal of tree prunings and firewood, due to the invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle quarantine.

Compost At Home Or In Your Community

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

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.