Yard Waste Collection

Brush and Branches

Brush and branches are collected by request only. To schedule a pickup day, please contact the Department of Public Works dispatcher at 518-270-4579 or schedule online.

Bagged Leaves and Yard Trimmings

Bagged leaves and yard trimmings (yard materials) are collected during regular garbage collection day.

Holiday Collection

No collection on these holidays. Yard Waste will be collected on the next business day following the holiday.

  • New Years Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Leaf Bag Drop-Off Program

Troy residents can bring bagged leaves at the Troy Resource Management Facility (former Alamo) in South Troy on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am to 1 pm.

Guidelines for Yard Waste / Leaf Bag Collection

Bagging Your Yard Materials

  • Leaves and lawn clippings should be placed in biodegradable paper yard waste bags, which are available at most hardware and home improvement stores.
  • Yard waste bags should only contain leaves, grass clippings, weeds, or other leafy materials.
  • Leaves in plastic bags, or bagged leaves contaminated with non-organic materials (metals, plastics, cardboard, paper) will not be collected.

Yard waste bags should not contain:

  • Plastic gardening waste (plastic plant pots, trays, or mulch/soil/fertilizer bags)
  • Other non-organic materials (plastics, metal, aluminum, cardboard/paper)
  • Dog waste
  • Garbage
  • Construction or demolition materials (sheetrock, lumber, etc.)

Putting Your Yard Materials Out for Collection:

  • On your designated collection day, please place yard waste / leaf bags out where they will be visible to City crews. Do not set yard waste behind cars, fire hydrants, poles, bushes, between cars or on top of sewer vents.
  • Do not place yard waste or leaf bags in the street or on the sidewalk. This can block sidewalk access and can also slow down street cleaning operations.
  • Brush (cuttings from trees and large shrubs) cannot be disposed of using yard material bags. Please trim them to 4 to 5 feet in length and place brush and other oversize branches directly on the edge of your sidewalk or alley.
  • Setting yard waste curbside during any day/week other than the specified day/week of the residence will result in fines.

For Trees and Tree Limbs:

  • Trees and limbs that have been cut by private contractors must be removed by the contractor. Tree trimmings and hedge trimmings must be secured in tied bundles not heavier than 75 pounds, not more than 5 feet in length nor more than 18 inches in diameter.


  • City crews will place stickers on yard waste bags:
  • Deemed too contaminated for collection
  • Placed in plastic bags

These bags will not be collected. Residents can remove the contaminating materials and place the bags out for collection at a future date.