2017 Spring Brush and Leaf Pickup

posted Mar 2, 2017, 6:59 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti

The Town of Ithaca Public Works Department will be picking up yard waste (brush, leaves, pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, and grass clippings) starting Monday, April 17th, and will and continue throughout the Town that week until finished. All yard waste must be at the roadside by 7 a.m. on the first day of collection.



            The intention of the Town’s roadside collection service is for Town residents outside the Village of Cayuga Heights and the City of Ithaca to put a reasonable amount  of yard waste (as is generated during a normal year) out at the roadside for pick up by the Town’s crews.  Clearing of building lots and hedgerows is beyond a normal amount of material. Roadside collection crews reserve the right to not pick up excessively large volumes of brush and improperly piled materials.

            Please note that our crews do not use leaf vacuum machines for spring leaf pick up, therefore, no loose piles will be picked up.  Also, no plastic bags will be picked up.

            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 wreak havoc on the storm water systems and can create a hazard for walkers and cyclists.

            You may also drop your yard waste off at the Public Works Facility at 106 Seven Mile Drive, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. year round.  Please first sign in at the office.



·                   Bag leaves, garden and other yard waste in biodegradable paper bags. Fill bags and place on road shoulder.  Fold over openings of bags to close – do not staple or tape. 30-gallon bags are available at Agway, Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, and Wegman’s along with other stores in the area.

·                   Brush should be placed in neat piles going with the flow of traffic so that the chipping trucks can feed the cut ends first. 

·                   Brush piles should be no larger than a pickup truck load (approximately 2’ H x 4’ W x 8’ L in size).  It is not necessary to cut limbs into small pieces.

·                   Put out limbs no larger than 8 inches in diameter.

·                   Place brush and filled bags of yard waste along road shoulder or at the end of the driveway if no shoulder exists.



·                   Do not tie bundles of brush.

·                   Do not place any materials in a ditch.

·                   Do not put out metal, rocks, glass, roots, stumps, or lumber scraps.

·                   Do not put brush and leaf bags out until the week before collection.


For more information, please call 273-1656 between 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Public Records Portal

posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:26 PM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

Search over 50+ years of Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board minutes through the Town of Ithaca's Public Records Portal.
See Documents tab above.

Digital Plans and Drawings Now Accepted - Codes Department

posted Aug 29, 2016, 12:51 PM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 12:51 PM ]

The Codes Department is now accepting digital drawings and plans associated with permit applications.  One hard copy and one digital copy; Digital drawings and plans can be sent via email, flash drive or cd/dvd.  If you need access to Drop Box, please email us at Codes.

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