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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > November 2013 > Buffalo Leaf Recycling Program Begins November 11th

Buffalo Leaf Recycling Program Begins November 11th

The City of Buffalo Public Works Department to Collect Leaves and Autumn Yard Debris for Mulching


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November 7, 2013 – Mayor Byron Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will begin collecting bagged leaves starting the week of November 11th and ending November 22nd. Residents should put their bagged leaves at the curb on the same day that their garbage is scheduled for pickup.

“The City of Buffalo appreciates the cooperation of its citizens in helping this year's bagged leaf collection process run as smoothly as possible,” said Mayor Brown. “It is important for the city and the environment to keep yard-waste out of landfills. By doing so, we are not only helping our environment, but we are also saving money. Rather than paying for their disposal, we can reuse these leaves and turn them into soil enhancers to improve our local community gardens.”

To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place their leaves in clear plastic bags or brown kraft recyclable bags.   These bags are available at local hardware stores, home centers, and other retailers. There is no limit to the number of paper leaf bags residents may place at the curb for pickup. Sticks and branches should be tied in bundles with ‘twine’ or ‘rope’ and be no longer than 4 feet in length.  Do not rake leaves into the street; leaves should not be placed in garbage totes. Also, residents should be advised that raking leaves into city streets is illegal and punishable by fine.

Residents are being asked to place their yard waste on the curb before their scheduled garbage/recycling pickup.  Yard waste may be picked up on a different day than the garbage day.  Although they are scheduled for pickup on the same day, leaves will be picked up separately from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal.

As an alternative to the curbside bagged leaves collection, which again runs from November 11th thru November 22nd, the city opened three drop-off locations where residents can bring their unwanted leaves and lawn debris.

The three sites are:

  • Cazenovia Park - Golf course parking lot, off Wildwood Place
  • Shoshone Park  - parking lot, at foot of Beard Avenue
  • 1120 Seneca Street – DPW Engineering Garage parking lot, between Babcock and Smith

Drop off hours at Cazenovia and Shoshone Park are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday until December First.  Drop off hours at 1120 Seneca Street are from 8:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. Monday- Friday, year round.