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Leaf and Yard Waste Composting Collection

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program suspension
before and after DSNY yard waste collection
yard waste collection districts
yard waste set-out requirements
how to set out yard waste for composting collection

other types of yard waste
info on dsny's composting programs

Suspension of Leaf and Yard Waste Composting Collection

Because of budget cuts, DSNY's leaf and yard waste composting collection program is suspended until further notice. However, residents in the Organics Collection catchment areas are able to set out their leaves with other organic material year round.

When the leaf and yard waste composting collection program is reinstated, residents in yard waste collection districts will receive a mailer detailing the collection dates and proper set out for leaf composting.

During the suspension, leaves and yard waste will be collected with regular household refuse on regularly scheduled refuse collection days. Paper lawn & leaf bags may not be used during the suspension, since leaves and yard waste are collected as regular trash.

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Before and After DSNY Leaf and Yard Waste Composting Collection

Except during scheduled Sanitation yard waste composting collection dates (see program suspension), residents and institutions must use either opaque plastic bags or rigid containers to set out leaf and yard waste for Sanitation collection, since they are handled as regular trash.

Sanitation heartily encourages composting leaves and other yard waste wherever possible, by raking leaves into a pile and letting nature do its work. You’ll save the cost and labor of bagging leaves and by next season you’ll end up with a rich soil amendment beneath the leaves. For composting guidelines, see how to compost or contact the NYC Compost Project.

Residents can also visit  to find out about community gardens that accept bagged leaves from the public (in paper or clear plastic bags without twigs or trash) throughout November and early December. The gardeners use these “browns” to improve the balance of their compostable materials or share them with other groups working to enrich undernourished urban open spaces.

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Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Districts

Sanitation collects leaves and yard waste from 37 of the NYC's 59 community districts leaving NYCWasteLess and turns them into high-quality compost at our composting sites. (See program suspension.)

NYC's yard waste collection districts include all of Queens and Staten Island and sections of the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Bronx neighborhoods receiving leaf collection
(districts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12):
Allerton • Baychester • Bedford Park • Bronxdale • Bronx River • Bruckner • Castle Hill • City Island • Clason Point • Co-op City • Country Club • Eastchester • Eastchester Bay • Edenwald • Edgewater • Fieldston • Fish Bay • Fordham • Harding Park • Jerome Park • Kingsbridge • Kingsbridge Heights • Laconia • Locust Point • Marble Hill • Morris Park • Norwood • Olinville • Parkchester • Pelham Bay • Pelham Gardens • Pelham Parkway • Riverdale • Schuylerville • Silver Beach • Soundview • Spencer Estates • Spuyten Duyvil • Throgs Neck • Unionport • University Heights • Van Cortlandt Village • Van Nest • Wakefield • Westchester Square • Williamsbridge • Woodlawn • Zerega

Brooklyn neighborhoods receiving leaf collection
(districts: 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18):
Bath Beach • Bay Ridge • Bensonhurst • Bergen Beach • Boerum Hill • Borough Park • Brighton Beach • Brooklyn Heights • Brooklyn Navy Yard • Brownsville • Canarsie • Carroll Gardens • City Line • Clinton Hill • Cobble Hill • Coney Island • Crown Heights • Cypress Hills • Ditmas Village • Downtown • Dyker Heights • East Flatbush • East Gravesend • East New York • Erasmus • Farragut • Flatbush • Flatlands • Fort Greene • Fort Hamilton • Fulton Ferry • Fulton Mall • Georgetown • Gerritsen Beach • Gowanus • Gravesend • Highland Park • Homecrest • Kensington • Kings Bay • Kings Highway • Madison • Manhattan Beach • Mapleton • Marine Park • Midwood • Mill Basin • Mill Island • New Lots • Ocean Hill • Ocean Parkway • Park Slope • Plum Beach • Prospect Lefferts Gardens • Prospect Park South • Red Hook • Remsen Village • Rugby • Seagate • Sheepshead Bay • Starrett City • Sunset Park • Windsor Terrace • Wingate

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Leaf and Yard Waste Set-Out Requirements yard waste bag and container

According to NYC's Yard Waste Composting Law, NYC residents in the city's leaf and yard waste collection districts must set out these materials in paper bags (or in unlined rigid containers) during the designated DSNY leaf and yard waste collection periods. To find out what DSNY does with collected leaves and yard waste, see DSNY leaf composting sites. (See program suspension.)

landscaping truckIt is illegal for landscapers to dispose of yard waste by placing it at the curb for DSNY collection. According to NYC's Yard Waste Composting Law, violators will be subject to escalating fines. This law requires landscapers to bring leaf and yard waste to a composting facility. For more info, see landscaper waste.

Note: Outside of the leaf and yard waste collection period, residents in yard waste collection districts set out their yard waste for regular trash pickup. If you don't live in a yard waste collection district, set out your leaves with your regular garbage. See how to compost to learn how to turn your leaves and yard waste into useful compost.

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How to Set Out Leaves and Yard Waste for DSNY Composting Collection

See program suspension.

1. Place leaves and yard waste into large paper lawn & leaf bags. This material may also be set out loose in unlined garbage cans. You can be fined for setting out your yard waste in plastic bags during DSNY’s yard waste collection period.

2. Place leaves and yard waste at the curb on the designated Saturday evenings.

3. Leaf and yard waste pickup may take place early the next morning, so place this material at the curb on the designated Saturday night. Leaves and yard waste not picked up the next day, will be collected later in the week.

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 leaf collection postcards
 leaf collection truck poster

The DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) promotes the leaf and yard waste composting program through the following methods:
  • Mailing postcards to residents and institutions in the participating districts.
  • Placing posters on collection trucks.
  • Info tables at various locations in the leaf and yard waste collection districts.
  • Placing ads in community papers in the participating districts (budget permitting).
  • Appearances of BWPRR's leaf bag character (budget permitting) in various locations within the leaf and yard waste collection districts.

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