YORKTOWN, N.Y. – It's time to get out the rakes and start cleaning up those leaf-covered yards during Yorktown’s annual period of bulk leaf collections, which begins at the end of October for some sections of town.
Leaves are collected by the town’s Environmental Conservation Department. There is no specific line item attributed to the pickup, and the cost is lumped in with the $5.1 million refuse budget, according to council member Terrence Murphy.
The town only picks up leaves that are bagged in 30-gallon biodegradable paper bags. Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted. The paper bags can be purchased at the Environmental Conservation Office at 2279 Crompond Road. Residents can buy individual bags for 30 cents each or a bundle of 50 bags for $15.
Collections for each section of town, divided by streets and neighborhoods, will begin on different dates. The first collection will begin Oct. 29 for sections 1 and 7. The pick-ups will continue until mid-December on a weekly basis.
2012 fall leaf bag collection schedule (find you section on the town’s website):
Section 1 – each Monday from Oct. 29 through Dec. 10.
Sections 2 and 3 – each Thursday from Nov. 1 through Dec. 13.
Sections 4 and 5 – each Friday from Nov. 2 through Dec. 14.
Section 6 – each Tuesday from Oct. 30 through Dec. 11.
Section 7 – each Monday from Oct. 29 through Dec. 10.
Bags with branches, grass clippings mulch or wood chips will not be collected, and bagged leaves must be placed at curbside no later than 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pick up.
Residents cannot use leaf blowers between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, and between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Sunday, according Town Code chapter 216.
The collected paper leaf bags are composted with sewage sludge to form a relatively stable, humus-like product which is used as a soil conditioner, according to the conservation department.