SCARSDALE, N.Y. – As Scarsdale enters into the heart of autumn, the village has announced its plans for leaf collection over the next two months, beginning Oct. 22 and ending Dec. 7.
Barring inclement weather, there will be at least one collection scheduled each month for each street. Two leaf vacuum trucks will operate in each of Scarsdale’s seven leaf collection sections. The collection schedule will be displayed on Scarsdale’s Government Access Channel 75, Verizon Channel 43 and the village’s website.
Residents may rake leaves – no branches, grass, dirt or stones – to their curb lines or to the edge of pavement for collection. Leaves may also be placed in biodegradable paper bags and placed at the curb for weekly collection by village crews. Leaves may not be raked into the street, which may cause traffic hazards and can clog catch basins.
The paper bags can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a check, money order or cash, in groups of five for $4 dollars at the coordinating office at Village Hall. They can also be purchased at the Recycling Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no restriction to the number of bags one may purchase, though landscapers are not permitted to buy the paper bags.
Leaves that are placed in non-biodegradable plastic bags will not be accepted by Scarsdale’s hauling contractor and will not be collected by crews. Branches placed curbside must be separated from leaf piles and tied in bundles less than five feet long and 18 inches in diameter, and they may not weigh more than 50 pounds. Residents are advised to contact a contractor for private pick-up of individual branches larger than three inches in diameter.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents can bring leaves in loose biodegradable paper bags to the Recycling Yard Center on Secor Road free of charge. Contractors may bring leaves free of charge to the center once they obtain a free permit from the Department of Public Works.