NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The city of New Rochelle will begin fall leaf collection Tuesday continuing through the end of December.
Leaves must be either raked to the curb and stacked in long rows or bagged for pickup following the guidelines outlined in this article. As an alternative to raking or bagging, the city also is encouraging property owners to mulch mow their leaves.
Love 'Em and Leave ‘Em: Mulch mowing leaves (shredding in place) is easier and faster than raking or blowing them to the curb. Mulch mowing recycles nutrients into the soil to feed lawns and gardens, providing a free natural fertilizer. There will be a demonstration of the process on Nov. 2 at Glenwood Lake Park. For more information, visit newrochelle.leleny.org .
Bagged Leaves: Leaves should be placed in biodegradable 30- to 40-gallon paper bags or open containers weighing no more than 75 pounds. Citywide pickup of bagged leaves will occur Nov. 9, 16, 23 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Leaves placed in plastic will not be collected.
Curbside Collection: Leaves should be raked into neat piles near the curb lines of properties to facilitate pick up. Cars should not be parked on top of or near leaf piles. Branches and debris should not be mixed with leaves to avoid damaging city equipment. Leaf piles should never be placed near catch basins or fire hydrants. It also is important they do not block traffic lanes, causing vehicles to veer into oncoming traffic. Residents are responsible for making sure their gardeners follow the rules.
Also starting Tuesday, alternate side of the street sweeping will end. Alternate side of the street parking rules remain in effect to expedite the removal of leaves.
For more information, call 914-654-6510. For other inquiries or concerns, call 914-235-4029 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
With the onset of leaf collection, yard waste collection is suspended until spring.