What Are We Gonna Do With All These Leaves?

Leaves are falling late this year.
Leaves are falling late this year.

Now is fall raking season, unless you are inclined to torture your neighbors with leaf blowers. Either way, here’s what East End towns are doing to pick up leaves this fall:

Riverhead Town

Riverhead begins pickup on November 28 and they’re asking the public to have their loose leaves at curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday of the week your area has been scheduled. They’re also asking that you place them in one pile, not in a line down the front of your property. The pickup schedule is as follows:

Nov. 28th – Laurel Lane to Northville Turnpike
Dec. 5th – Northville Turnpike to Hulse Landing Road
Dec. 12th – Hulse Landing Road to Brookhaven town line

Riverhead town garbage contractors pick up bagged leaves curbside every week year-round with Thursday and Friday yard waste/bulk item collection, and they have free biodegradable leaf bags for town residents at the Highway Department at 1177 Osborn Avenue.

Southold Town

Southold’s Highway Department will begin collecting bagged leaves only, in biodegradable leaf bags, beginning Monday, Nov. 21. They will begin work in Laurel and end at Orient Point, but they’re asking all residents to have their leaf bags at curbside beginning Nov. 22.

Southold will have no curbside collection of branches and brush but tip fees will be waived for brush and branches brought in residential vehicles to the Cutchogue landfill from Nov. 1, through Nov. 30. Leaves may be delivered to the compost site free of charge year-round.

Southampton Town

Southampton Town will begin picking up leaves, in biodegradable paper bags only, beginning Monday, Nov. 28. The town’s highway department is asking residents to begin bringing their leaves to the curb on Nov. 14. The town will not be picking up brush but you can get more information about free brush disposal by calling 631.283.5210.

Residents over 73 years of age can put loose leaves at the curb, but they must call the highway department at 631.283.5210 before Nov. 30 to register for this special senior program.

Villages throughout the East End have gotten a jump-start on leaf programs this year.

Greenport Village

Greenport Village picks up leaves in paper bags, branches and grass clippings two days per month throughout most of the year, with two remaining pickups scheduled this year on Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. The village asks residents to not leave anything at the curb before the Saturday prior to the pickup day.

Sag Harbor Village

The Village of Sag Harbor Highway Department will collect leaves one day per week during the month of November, working from one side of the village to the other over the course of the month. Brush will not be collected in the fall leaf clean-up program.

East Hampton Village

East Hampton Village picks up leaves on residential streets from the second week in October through the second week in December. Leaves should be left for pick-up on the edge of your property but not in the road. No brush, branches, or trash are allowed in the pickup.

Westhampton Beach

The Village of Westhampton Beach Department of Public Works began its fall brush pick up on Nov. 1. Leaves and brush may be put out at curbside, but not in the road, in separate piles throughout the month of November up until Nov. 30. Small branches cannot exceed 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet in length. They’re encouraging the public to use biodegradable bags for leaves.

East Hampton Town?

East Hampton Town cut out its leaf pickup program in 2010 in the midst of a deep financial crisis. According to Town Budget Officer Len Bernard’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2015, the elimination of the leaf pickup program and the closure of a town recycling center one day per week generate “approximately $1.2 million in savings on a recurring basis.”

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

One thought on “What Are We Gonna Do With All These Leaves?

  • November 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I’m delighted you recognize that for many leaf-blowers are indeed sonic torture, and that unfortunately many otherwise very nice people do inadvertently torture their more sensitive neighbors. If you are so infirm that you cannot rake your own leaves please consider either using an electric leaf-blower (powerful models are now available), or hire a “landscaping” firm that uses only electric tools. Would you throw your garbage on your neighbor’s property or even toss it through their open doors or window? Then please do not inflect your noise on them either.


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