Thinking about leaving your leaves at the curb in Southampton? Think again.
Bag these leaves and leave them at your curb

It’s time for spring clean-up in Southampton and Southold towns. Here’s the skinny on what our towns are doing to help us clean up our yards:

Southold Town

Southold will begin collecting yard debris, branches and bagged leaves in Orient this Monday, April 20. The clean-up will begin in Orient Point and end in Laurel.

The town highway department will pick up yard debris and branches in orderly piles, with branches no longer than 8 feet. They will not remove stumps, trees or land-clearing debris.
All leaves must be in biodegradable paper leaf bags. Leaves in plastic bags and loose leaves will be bypassed. The Southold Town Compost Facility in Cutchogue will be accepting residential yard waste free of charge from Sat., April 11 through Sun., May 17 from anyone who has a valid 2015 town disposal permit.

For more information, call the Southold Town Highway Department at 631.765.3140 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m Monday through Friday.

Southampton Town

Southampton Town will also begin collecting bagged leaves and winter kill branches less than 3 inches in diameter beginning Mon., April 20. No plastic bags will be accepted, and, as of this year, you will be fined if you leave your loose leaves at the curb.

All residents may bring their yard waste to town transfer stations (except Sag Harbor) year-round free of charge.

Southampton’s pick-up program is divided into six geographic districts, and pick-up begins in all six districts on April 20.

For more information, contact the leaf program hotline at 631.702.2585.

Riverhead Town

Riverhead has finished picking up leaves for this year, but residents may dispose of leaves at the Yard Waste Facility on Young’s Avenue, free of charge, with proof of residency.  For hours and more information, call 631.727.3200 ext. 391.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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