Troy Officials Issue Update on Leaf Bag Collection

Troy Officials Issue Update on Leaf Bag Collection

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2020

Troy Officials Issue Update on Leaf Bag Collection

TROY, NY – City officials today announced an updated schedule to resume residential leaf bag collection. Beginning the week of Monday, May 25th, leaf bags can be placed curbside on the last full week of each month for collection during residents’ regular garbage and recycling collection day.

Mayor Patrick Madden said, “We are pleased to resume leaf bag collection under a modified schedule while offering a residential drop-off option at the Public Works garage. Postponement of leaf bag collection earlier this year was critical to protecting the health of employees while ensuring essential operations like garbage collection could continue. We appreciate the public’s patience and cooperation to assist Public Works staff implement this modified service schedule.”

Leaves must be placed in compostable paper bags. Leaves in plastic bags will not be collected. Yard waste/leaf bags contaminated with non-organic materials (metals, plastics, cardboard, paper, etc.) will not be collected. Piled leaves will also not be collected. Brush (cuttings from trees and large shrubs) cannot be disposed of using yard waste bags.

Leaf or yard waste bags placed curbside prior to collection week will not be picked up until their designated collection day at the end of the month. Residents are asked to observe these rules to prevent deterioration of leaf bags due to weather which can result in clogged street drains and catch basins.

Additionally, the City’s Department of Public Works is offering a leaf-bag drop off program for in-person disposal of leaf bags. Beginning Monday, May 18, yard waste/leaf bags can be dropped off at the Department of Public Works Garage — located at 3118 7th Avenue — every Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. There is a drop-off limit of 10 bags per person. This service is limited to leaf bags only; garbage, bulk, oversize items, or leaf bags contaminated with litter, plastic, metals, garbage, or dog waste will not be accepted.

Vehicles can enter the Public Works garage site via 7th Avenue between Douw Street and Swift Street. Motorists should look for road cones indicating the entry for leaf bag drop-off. Face coverings are required for individuals dropping off leaf/yard waste bags.

Watch an update from Streets and Sanitation Supervisor Tom Abbott on updates to the City’s residential leaf bag/yard waste collection schedule for Spring 2020: https://youtu.be/g00DhcyyhK4

For more information, visit www.troyny.gov/yard-leaf-waste

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