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.

Special Fall Leaf Collections

The Department of Sanitation will conduct special collections of leaves in certain districts around the City. There are specific guidelines you need to follow in order to have your leaves collected, and only certain areas receive fall leaf collection services. You can learn more about the fall leaf collection schedule, guidelines, restrictions, and more here.