Leaf and Yard Debris Collection
Leaf collection efforts are underway. Town crews will also continue to pick up bulk yard debris and containerized debris with the collection of leaves. Leaf collection efforts will occur in the sequence depicted on the map below:
You can use the map below for up to date information on when to anticipate yard debris collection in your neighborhood. Use the address locator bar or zooming feature of the interactive map to find your street:
|Bulk yard debris will be collected in the YELLOW shaded sub-areas on Monday, December 17, 2018. Bulk yard debris pickup crews are expected to be in the GREEN shaded sub-areas on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.
To help us remove your leaves as quickly as possible, please:
- Do not place any yard debris piles, leaf piles or containers onto the roadway, shoulders or gutters as it creates a safety hazard for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists and is also a violation of NYS Highway and NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.
- Separate all small quantities of sticks, brush, yard clippings and other yard debris into reusable containers or paper bags – not plastic bags. Containers must weigh no more than 50 lbs. This allows recycling of all materials and helps avoid damage to our leaf vacuum or injury to our crew members. Small loose piles will not be collected.
- Grass clippings will not be collected. The Town of Brighton has a grass-recycling program that encourages residents to either compost their clippings or simply leave them on the lawn. Brighton residents may drop off grass clippings for composting at the Highway Department, which is located on 1941 Elmwood Ave.
- Don’t pile leaves around fire hydrants or other obstructions. Covering hydrants can prevent firefighters from finding them when every second
counts. Hidden hydrants and obstructions are also dangerous for those picking up the leaves and bulk yard debris as they may be struck, causing injury to crew members or damage to equipment.
- We do not collect stumps, rocks, stones, metal, lumber, plastics, glass, fencing or waste materials.
- Do not mix household refuse with yard debris.
It's Not Too Late to Save your Leaves!
As the leaves continue to fall, many of us will use our time and/or money to rid our lawns of them. Keeping our leaves nearby is a simpler, more environmentally-friendly solution, as leaves contain nutrients that are good for the soil.
Here are some ways to make the most of your leaves:
- Mulch your leaves in place: Shred your leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on your lawn. It's faster and easier than raking or leaf blowing and adds nutrients to the soil.
- Add shredded leaves as mulch to your garden and landscape
: Shreddedleaves can be used as a mulch to kelp prevent weeds and keep moisture in the soil. In addition, the leaves will slowly release nutrients into the soil.
- Insulate your compost bin for the winter: Place leaves around and on top of your compost bin. This will insulate your bin and allow the material to continue to breakdown. In the spring you will have fresh compost without waiting for your pile to thaw out, and the leaves can be added to your spring compost pile.
- Compost your leaves: Leaves are a great source of browns, materials rich in carbon, that are needed to balance greens in your compost pile like food scraps and grass clippings. Compost can be used as a mulch or mixed into the garden soil. One of the biggest challenges to composting food scraps at home is the release of water into your compost bin as the food breaks down. One of the best ways to fix this is to add leaves every time you add food scraps (Hint: shredded leaves absorb water better than whole leaves).Collect and store leaves in the fall, then use them throughout the coming year. Compost provides nutrients, improves soil structure, absorbs and holds in moisture, and adds beneficial microorganisms.
Visit DEC's website for more information on backyard composting.