Leaves are piling up everywhere you look.
This month is your last chance to bag up leaves.

Any leaves left from last fall in your yard may be well on their way to decomposition by now, but if you still have a lot of leaves lying around or you lost a ton of branches to this winter’s winds, the next couple weeks are your last chance to have them collected by some East End towns and villages.

Here’s the run-down:

Southampton Town

In Southampton Town, leaf bags and brush can be placed outside as of April 1 waiting for town crews to pick them up. The cleanup begins Monday, April 18.

All leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags, and branches of less than three inches in diameter will be picked up when piled next to bags of leaves. No loose leaf or mixed leaf and branch piles will be collected.

Southampton collects leaves and brush from six distinct geographical districts, and collection in all districts begins April 18.

Vouchers for residents with contractors who bring their debris to town transfer stations will be issued on April 15. First-time voucher recipients must provide photo identification, a telephone number, the contractor’s name and phone number, and an address where the voucher should be mailed to. This information can be faxed to 631.728.3605 or mailed to Southampton Town Highway Department, 20 Jackson Avenue, Hampton Bays, NY  11946.

All Southampton residents may bring their own leaves to transfer stations (except the Sag Harbor station) year-round, and may dispose of brush free of charge April 15 through May 31.

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

Southold Town

Southold Town’s spring cleanup begins Monday, April 11. This year it will begin in Laurel and end at Orient Point.

Town highway crews will pick up yard debris and branches from orderly piles placed along curbs. Branches must not be longer than eight feet, and they will not remove stumps, trees or land-clearing debris.

Leaves in biodegradable paper leaf bags will also be picked up.

The Southold Town Compost Facility in Cutchogue will also be accepting residential yard waste free of charge from Sunday, April 03 through
Sunday, May 15, 2016 from residents with town transfer station stickers.

Commercial landscaping and tree removal companies are no longer permitted to place loads of branches or yard waste debris in the town right-of-way. It will be the responsibility of the homeowner to make certain that their contractor hauls the debris to the Cutchogue compost facility.

For more information, call 631.765.3140 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Riverhead Town

Riverhead Town won’t be running a special spring clean-up but bagged leaves and bundled branches are picked up every week year-round by town-contracted carters on residents’ Thursday or Friday bulk item collection day.

Riverhead has free biodegradable leaf bags for town residents at the Highway Department at 1177 Osborn Avenue.

Sag Harbor Village

The Village of Sag Harbor Highway Department will pick up loose leaves and light brush the week of April 11 through April 15. The village is asking residents to place leaves and brush by the curb prior to April 11, because they will be making just one pass through the village.

Brush should be no longer than eight feet and no more than three inches in diameter, and must be separated from leaves.


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