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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)

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


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.