Yard Debris Rules

Yard Debris Pickup begins on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Curbside pickup of yard debris and leaves occurs every Wednesday from April through November.  If July 4th falls on a Wednesday, there will be no pickup of yard debris that week.


  • Biodegradable bags
  • Trash cans (no refuse in cans)

Allowable Items

  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Grass clippings
  • Garden and yard debris
  • Twigs and branches
  • Trimmings and brush less than two inches in diameter and no longer than three feet long

Setting Out & Returning Containers

  • Trimmings and brush may be tied into manageable size and weight bundles.
  • Bundled brush should be placed by the curb and piled all one way.
  • Cans or materials are to be placed curbside no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on the night before scheduled pickup.
  • After pickup, cans are to be returned to the rear of the residence no later than 6:00 a.m. the morning after refuse is collected.

Loose Leaves/Fall Season

  • Vacuum truck service begins in November as posted on the website (or call Transfer Station).
  • Place leaves at curb only after your street has been posted.
  • Do not place leaves in gutter lines in the street as this will cause flooding when it rains.

Department of Sanitation
26 Howard Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
(845) 451-4108