2016-11-16 / Features

City Restores Fall Leaf Pickup

Department of Sanitation (DSNY) officials last week announced that fall leaf collection has been restored throughout neighborhoods in western Queens and other parts of New York City. DSNY officials recently decided to restore the fall leaf pickup program that had been suspended since 2009, an agency spokesperson said.

Local neighborhoods with restored fall leaf pickup include:

Community Board 1 – Astoria, Ditmars, Garden Bay, Old Astoria, Dutch Kills, Long Island City, and at the Queensbridge and Ravenswood houses

Community Board 2 – Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside

Community Board 3 – East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, North Corona

Community Board 4 – Corona, Corona Heights, East Elmhurst, Newtown

Under the restored program, the Ridgewood neighborhood in Community Board 5 will receive both fall leaf collection and organics-collection, a DSNY spokesperson said.

Organics are described as food waste, food-soiled paper and yard waste that are turned into compost, a natural soil amendment used to grow food and plants, and nourish NYC street trees and parks.

Each participant in the organics collection program will receive a small kitchen container and a brown organic bin to help organize, store and set organics curbside on DSNY set-out dates, the spokesperson said.

Set out leaves for curbside collection after 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, for pickup on Sunday, November 20, and on Saturday, December 3, for pickup on Sunday, December 4, DSNY officials said.

Collect leaves in paper lawn and leaf bags or open, unlined containers. All yard waste set out in plastic bags will be collected with regular garbage, a DSNY spokesperson said. IMPORTANT: Due to the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine, you must notify the Department of Parks at 311 or visit: www.on.nyc.gov/wooddebris before you set out wood debris (branches, large twigs,) for curbside collection.

DSNY officials said landscapers and professionals must dispose of yard waste at an authorized composting facility.

Learn more about the DSNY fall leaf collection program at www.nyc.gov/yardwaste, or visit www.nyc.gov/compostproject to learn how to compost at home.

LIZ GOFF

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