Leaf Collection & Drop-Off

the Town of Ithaca Public Works Department picks up yard waste (brush and bagged leaves, pine needles, garden waste, and grass clippings) in mid-April and in mid-late October.  All yard waste must be at roadside by 7:00 a.m. of the first day of the collection. 

Please do not put yard waste out at roadside until the week before collections. You may also drop your yard waste off at the Public Works Facility at 114 Seven Mile Drive, Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. year around.  Please first sign in at the office. 

Fall 2022 Collection

Leaf collection will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, November 7th, 2022 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.

Preparing For Collection

Debris such as pine needles, dead flowers, garden waste, grass clippings, etc. must be bagged in biodegradable paper bagsFold over openings of bags to close—do not staple or tape.  No plastic bags will be picked up.


In the fall, leaves are vacuumed throughout the town, so leaves may be raked to the shoulder of the road or bagged in biodegradable paper bags. Leaf pickup occurs on each subsequent Monday from an October start through November.


Our crews do not vacuum leaves in the spring, therefore, no loose piles of leaves will be picked up in spring Biodegradable paper bags must be used.