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 to be collected as trash on your regularly scheduled trash collection days.
Put your items in:
- Black bags
- Unlined trash containers
Twigs and branches greater than 1/2 inch in diameter cannot be mixed with leaves and grass clippings.
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. Landscapers and hired professionals must dispose of yard waste and clippings at a permitted composting facility.
Leaves may also be composted in your backyard, left on your lawn, or taken to a neighborhood-based leaf and yard waste composting site.
Learn more about leaf and yard waste.
Find composting locations.
Special Fall Leaf Collections
During the Fall, 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.