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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2011 Archives > November 2011 > Mayor Brown Announces 2011 Leaf Collection

Mayor Brown Announces 2011 Leaf Collection

Contact: Lorey Schultz
               (716) 480-9044

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


Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced a seasonal recycling program to remove leaves and yard debris from the City of Buffalo. The collection, which is scheduled to begin November 14th and last through November 25th, will be conducted by the City of Buffalo’s Public Works Department as a way to reduce costs associated with taking leaves and yard debris to landfills.

“Our City’s Public Works Department is striving to collect as many leaves as possible to be composted,” 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, and leave them out on their curb before their scheduled garbage pickup. By bagging leaves in this manner, collection costs are kept at a minimum; leaves should not be placed in garbage totes, as sending them to a landfill costs nearly twice as much as composting. Also, residents should be advised that raking leaves into city streets is illegal and punishable by fine.

Although they are scheduled on the same days, 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 this pickup, the City is opening three drop-off locations in the city on November 1st where residents can bring their unwanted leaves and lawn debris.
The three sites are:

  • Cazenovia Park Golf course parking lot South of Seneca Street, at the foot of Wildwood
  • Shoshone Park Parking lot North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard
  • Seneca Street 1120, parking lot Between Babcock and Smith
  • *Signage will be posted at all locations.
    These drop-off sites will be open from 8:00 am – 4:00pm, Monday through Saturday until November 25th.

After their collection, all leaves will be brought to Lardon Construction, Inc. a registered composting facility. The natural mulch produced by Lardon Construction will be donated to Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, an organization that has helped to maintain community gardens at over sixty sites in Buffalo.