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  • Wood Disposal for branches and twigs half an inch in diameter or larger.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) provides curbside collection of leaves, twigs, and small grass clippings.

You can also: 

  • Compost leaves in your backyard
  • Take them to a neighborhood-based leaf and yard waste composting site
  • Leave them in your yard

Find composting locations.

If you don’t receive organics collection, you must dispose of leaves, grass clippings, and small twigs less than 1/2 inch in diameter with your garbage. 

Put your items in a black trash bag or unlined trash can and place curbside for collection on your garbage day.

There is no limit to the amount of leaves or 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. Landscapers and hired professionals must dispose of yard waste and clippings at a permitted composting facility.

To learn how to dispose of tree branches and twigs greater than ½ inch in diameter, visit the Wood Disposal page.

If you receive organics collection, you can place your leaves in the brown organics bin for disposal. 

If your leaves and yard waste can’t fit in the brown bin, you can:

  • Put them in a rigid container labeled "YARD WASTE";
  • Tie them into bundles 2 feet by 4 feet or smaller; or
  • Put them in paper lawn and leaf bags (do not use plastic bags)

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) conducts seasonal collections for leaves in November and December for some Sanitation Districts that don’t receive organics collection.

DSNY collects the leaves to turn them into compost instead of sending it to a landfill.

Learn more about special fall leaf collections.

Participating Districts

Only certain Sanitation Districts in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island that don’t receive organics pick-up participate in the special fall leaf collection.

  • Bronx Districts: 5, 7, and 9
  • Brooklyn Districts: 5, 9, 14, 17, and 18
  • Queens Districts: 1, 3, 4, 6, and 12
  • Staten Island Districts: 1*, 2, and 3

* Castleton Corners, Graniteville, Mariners Harbor, Port Richmond, West Brighton, and Westerleigh do not receive seasonal leaf collection. These neighborhoods have weekly composting collection service year-round.

Disposal Guidelines

During the special fall leaf collection period:

  • Place your leaves curbside after 4 PM on the designated Saturdays for collection beginning Sunday morning. If your bags or trash receptacles containing leaves are set out before the leaf collection period, they will not be collected until the period begins, or may be collected as trash.
  • Put your leaves in 30-gallon brown paper lawn and leaf bags. You can’t use plastic bags to discard leaves during the leaf collection period.
  • If you don’t have paper lawn and leaf bags, put them in an unlined garbage can labeled “yard waste.”

Tree prunings, firewood, branches, and yard clippings from hired professionals cannot be included.

Collection Schedule

On the designated Saturdays for your Sanitation District, place your leaves curbside after 4 PM for collection beginning Sunday morning.

Bronx

If you live in Bronx District 5, 7, or 9, place your items out after 4 PM on:

  • Saturday, November 16
  • Saturday, November 30

Brooklyn

If you live in Brooklyn Sanitation District 5, 9, 14, 17, or 18, place your items out after 4 PM on:

  • Saturday, November 16
  • Saturday, November 30

Queens

If you live in Queens Sanitation District 1, 3, 4, 6, or 12, place your items out after 4 PM on:

  • Saturday, November 23
  • Saturday, December 7

Staten Island

If you live in Staten Island Sanitation District 1*, 2, or 3, place your items out after 4 PM on:

  • Saturday, November 16
  • Saturday, November 30

*Castleton Corners, Graniteville, Mariners Harbor, Port Richmond, West Brighton, and Westerleigh do not receive seasonal leaf collection.

Missed Collection

If you live in an area participating in the special fall leaf collection period and your leaves haven't been collected yet, you can make a missed collection complaint.

To file a complaint, leaves must be placed out according to the appropriate set-out rules and remain curbside.

You can get paper lawn and leaf bags to dispose of your leaves and yard waste.

Online

Order free paper lawn and leaf bags using the Sanitation Material Request Form.

In Person

Paper lawn and leaf bags are generally available from hardware and home improvement stores, as well as many larger supermarkets.

There are also events where the bags are given away for free.

Learn where to get paper lawn and leaf bags.