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Dogs may love frolicking in fallen leaves, but homeowners across Queens have to clean up the mess. Now the city wants to help Queens homeowners remove the leaves in an eco-friendly way.

Cleaning up leaves from sidewalks and front yards is a chore, and the Sanitation Department is making it a bit easier for Queens residents to get rid of the fallen foliage.

The department is reintroducing next month special leaf collections for the season. Leaf collection is ongoing in areas of Queens such as Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village that are participating in the Sanitation Department’s Organics Collection program. 

Throughout the rest of Queens, the Sanitation Department will conduct special leaf collections on two Sundays, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4.

The program aims to reduce waste in landfills by 2030 while at the same time making soil healthier and maintaining the city’s trees. Leaves and other organic yard waste (such as grass clippings and branches) should be placed in brown bins or paper bags for pickup. Do not place any organic waste in plastic bags.

Free paper and lawn bags will be distributed, while supplies last, at participating food scrap drop-off locations and community events in during October and November. You can also purchase these bags at any grocery and hardware store.

Residents are advised to leave their bagged or contained leaves on the curb after 4 p.m. the day before collection.

Leaf collection information and a complete list of bag distribution sites are available at nyc.gov/yardwaste.




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