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posted Sep 1, 2020, 10:18 AM by Town of Ithaca   [ updated Sep 1, 2020, 12:07 PM ]

 The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking up brush, limbs and branches beginning 7:00AM on Monday, October 19th, 2020 and continuing throughout the Town until finished.   Please do not put brush out at roadside until the week before collection.  This service is for all areas of the Town of Ithaca outside the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca.  THERE WILL BE NO SECOND COLLECTION AND NO CALL BACKS.  

 The intention of the Town’s roadside collection service is for residents to put a reasonable amount of brush (as is generated during a normal year) out at roadside for pick up by the Town’s crews.  Clearing of building lots and hedgerows is beyond a normal amount of material. Please remember that you may drop your own yard waste off at the Public Works Facility at 114 Seven Mile Drive, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. year round.  Please sign in at the office.


  • Brush should be piled in neat bundles going with the flow of traffic so that the chipping trucks can feed the cut ends first.

 Limb diameter must be 8 inches or less (note:  it is not necessary to cut limbs into small pieces).

  • Do not tie bundles.
  • Place along road shoulder or at end of the driveway if no shoulder exits.
  • Do not place any materials in a ditch.
  • No metal, rocks, glass, roots, stumps, or lumber scraps will be picked up.
  • Brush piles should be no larger than a pickup load (approximately 2 feet x 4 feet x 8 feet in size).
  • Roadside collection crews reserve the right to not pick up excessively large volumes of brush and improperly piled materials.

 Please note:  Out of respect for pedestrians and cyclists and for storm water run off, brush you collect before the first day of the pickup needs to remain out of the rights-of-way until a couple of days before the pick up; this will assure your safety and that of your neighbors. Errant brush piles can wreack havoc on the storm water systems and can create a hazard for walkers and cyclists.

 For questions, please call 273-1656 between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday or e-mail us at publicworks@town.ithaca.ny.us.


 Leaf collection will start at 7:00AM on Monday, November 2nd, 2020 and will continue throughout the week until finished. Leaves should be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the first day of collection.  Leaves may be raked to the shoulder of the road or bagged in biodegradable paper leaf bags (30 gallon bags are available at many stores in the area).  Other debris such as pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, grass clippings, etc., cannot be vacuumed and should be placed in bags.  Please fill bags and place on road shoulder, folding over openings of bags to close—do not staple or tape.  No plastic bags will be picked up. 

 The Town’s crews will go around the entire Town once with the leaf vacuum.  For the rest of the month of November, the crews will begin picking up paper-bagged leaves each Monday, which could extend through early week to encompass the entire Town.

 (Please note that we may send out leaf crews earlier than November 2nd to test our equipment and to pick up paper bagged leaves before they get wet.)

 For questions, please call 273-1656 between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday or e-mail us at publicworks@town.ithaca.ny.us.  Please adhere to COVID-19 Guidelines.