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Posted on: October 27, 2022

Safety Reminder- Please do not pile fallen leaves in streets

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Safety Reminder- Please do not pile fallen leaves in streets

The City of Ithaca Streets and Facilities Division wishes to remind residents that disposal of downed leaves in the city's roadways is unsafe, and prohibited, pursuant to section 331-5 of the City of Ithaca Municipal Code.

In the fall, leaves are slippery, wet or dry, but they hide other dangers, too, by disguising potholes and other hazards in the road. Large leaf piles raked into streets and roads send bicyclists into the path of cars, and risk enticing children to play in roadways. Excess leaves can block storm sewers, causing flooding issues, which becomes even more hazardous as temperatures fall below freezing and leaves become very difficult to remove. 

If you wish to dispose of downed leaves, collection of yard waste occurs within the city between April 1 and November 30, or until snow falls, on the weeks opposite of recycling collection. Yard waste collection days are the same days as trash collection; however, yard waste is collected later in the day. Call the Streets and Facilities Division at 607-272-1718 to find out when your trash is collected or use our resident services search tool.

Please be sure to place yard waste materials in a bag or bin, and place a yard waste tag on the collection vessel. Currently, yard waste tags are available at City Hall, Agway, all GreenStar locations, P&C Fresh (Pine Tree Road), Cornell Campus Store, the Dandy Mini Mart on West Buffalo Street, Tops, and Wegmans. Yard waste tags are $9 for a sheet of 6. 

The Streets and Facilities Crew performs street sweeping in Autumn on an as-needed/ as-available basis on city streets. These Autumn street sweeping operations will not interfere with on-street parking, unless otherwise indicated with no-parking signage. Spring street cleaning operations, which do require parking compliance, occur in late March and throughout the month of April. You can find out more about Spring street cleaning, and how to sign up for notifications here: https://www.cityofithaca.org/233/Streets

Questions can be directed to the Streets & Facilities Division at (607) 272-1718

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