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posted Mar 7, 2018, 10:00 AM by Lisa Carrier-Titti   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 10:01 AM ]


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 on Monday, April 16, 2018 and continuing throughout the Town that week until finished.  All yard waste must be at roadside by 7:00 a.m. of the first day of the 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.  Please remember that 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 around.  Please first sign in at the office.

Leaves and garden waste must be bagged in biodegradable paper bags (30-gallon bags are available at Agway, Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, and Wegman’s, along with other stores in the area).  Fill bags and place on road shoulder.  Fold over openings of bags to close—do not staple or tape.  Please note that our crews do not use leaf vacuum machines for spring leaf pick up, therefore, no loose piles of leaves will be picked up.  Also, no plastic bags will be picked up.

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).  The intention of the Town’s roadside collection service is for residents to put a reasonable amount of brush and limbs (as is generated on that lot during a normal year) out at roadside for pick up by the Town’s crews.  Clearing of 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 or improperly piled materials.


Note: it is not necessary to cut limbs into small pieces.  Place them along the road shoulder or at the end of the driveway, where no shoulder exists.  Do not tie bundles.  Do not place any materials in a ditch.  No metal, rocks, glass, roots, stumps, or lumber scraps will be picked up.  Limb diameter must be less than 8 inches.

Please be respectful of pedestrians and bicycle riders who use the road rights-of-way when you place materials at the roadside.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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