Yard Waste, Leaves, and Construction Debris


Yard Waste & Leaves

Yard waste includes brush, small twigs, branches, limbs, and leaves. We pick up yard waste once a month from April through October.

How should I dispose of my yard waste?

  • Look up your yard waste collection date(PDF, 188KB)
  • The City picks up leaves in November.
  • When setting out your yard waste for pickup on your collection date, make sure you:
    • Keep yard waste separate from other trash
    • Bag leaves in a paper bag (no plastic bags allowed)
    • Do not put yard waste or yard waste bags in the street
    • Keep your yard waste bag away from fire hydrants, poles, trees, and storm drains (also known as catch basins)
  • City of Syracuse residents can drop off yard waste any time of the year at the Department of Public Works self-drop off site, located at 1200 Canal St. Ext. during the following hours:

    • Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (April through October only)
    • For City of Syracuse residents only
    • No businesses or contractors
    • No plastic bags or waste other than yard waste
    During winter months, this facility's hours are dependent upon staffing and weather. We recommend calling ahead to Cityline at (315) 448-CITY (2489).

Construction Debris

We pick up construction debris twice a year, in May and September. Residents should look at the City Service Guide to find their set-out dates for construction debris. These dates are based on the quadrant you live in.

Note: Those living in the Northeast Quadrant should set-out their pick-ups by the last week of April and August. This allows enough time for the City to begin with that quadrant in May and September.

How should I dispose of my construction or demolition debris?

  • Find the 2 dates a year(PDF, 188KB) we will collect yard waste and construction debris in your neighborhood, or call Cityline at (315) 448-2489 to schedule a collection for your construction debris
  • We will only accept certain amounts of debris:
    • You can put out no more than 2 cubic yards, which is the size of a standard washer and dryer next to each other
    • If you have more construction debris, you will need to take it to one of the following landfills:
  • Put your construction debris on the curb by 6:00 a.m.

If you used a contractor, they are required to remove any construction debris themselves by taking it to a dump. If they don’t, you may get a fine.