Yard Waste Recycling

  1. Upcoming Curbside Collection
  2. Yard Waste Facility

Upcoming curbside collection

Yard Waste & Brush Collection

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 the City Council voted in favor of providing $200,000 in funding for the March nor'easter tree and brush debris collection. The Public Works Department will begin to collect tree and brush during the week of May 7, 2018.

Storm debris to be collected should be 14 inches in diameter or less and does not need to be bundled or cut to specific length or dimensions. Trees, tree branches and brush will be collected; small twigs can be bagged in biodegradable bags only. The City will not collect tree stumps, leaves, grass clippings or construction debris.

Residents should stack the tree and brush debris at the edge of the road as neatly as possible and should be careful not to obstruct the roadway or sidewalks. City employees will not enter private property to gather the debris.

This special brush collection will be conducted during the regularly scheduled brush cleanup. Brush will be collected in a systematic manner; it will not be scheduled per the Sanitation routes, and therefore will not be collected in conjunction with residents' trash/recycling pickup day. 

The originally scheduled leaf collection for the dates below are on schedule and will be picked up on residents' regular trash/recycling collection day.

  • Leaf Collection: Week of April 23 to 27,2018 and Week of April 30 to May 4, 2018
  • Brush only: Week of October 22 to 26, and December 3 to 7, 2018
  • Leaf Collection: Week of October 29 to November 30, 2018

**Curbside leaf and brush collection (excluding the special brush collection beginning May 7) will be the same day as your regular trash pickup**

The Solid Waste Management Division offers 2 options for disposing of yard waste, Curbside Collection (during specific weeks), and Leaf Drop-Off (at our Yard Waste Facility on Dudley Road:

What is yard waste and brush?

  • Yard waste is defined as leaves, grass, and non-woody organic garden waste only. Yard waste does not include sod, dirt, sand, gravel, or rocks.
  • Brush is wood waste from bushes and trees that is less than 4 inches in diameter, and no greater than 4 feet in length.

How should I dispose of yard waste and brush at the curb?
The Solid Waste Division conducts annual curbside collection of yard waste and brush during the spring and fall. All curbside yard waste and brush collections take place only on the weeks designated and only on your regular trash collection day for that week. A separate collection vehicle is dispatched to collect only yard waste and brush during the following designated collection weeks.

Preparing your yard waste and brush for curbside pickup

Leaves, grass clippings, plant waste, and light trimmings too small to bundle: use paper leaf bags or reusable containers marked "yard waste." Bags and containers cannot exceeded 40 pounds and 35 gallons.

Brush (sticks, twigs, branches, and shrubs): Pieces cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Bundle and tie with string or twine (no wire), or place in a reusable container marked "yard waste." Bundles and any yard waste or brush not conforming to these guidelines will not be collected and will be left at the curb.

Note: Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.