Dept. of Public Works (DPW)

2014 Yard Waste Collection

As of April 14, 2014, weather permitting, the City of Cortland will provide yard waste collection during the week of the second Monday of each month as noted below. Yard waste will be picked up the same day trash is picked up. All yard waste must be placed on the curb – not in the street - before 7:00 am of the day of pick up. Please do not put yard waste out to be collected until the week of the scheduled collection.

2014 Pickup dates are:


Remember, the City employees collecting your yard waste have to deal with all types of weather (hot, cold, rain and snow), so please abide by these regulations and make their job and your yard waste collection as efficient and as safe as possible.

Brush and Branches (excluding root systems)

  1. Must be in bundles no longer than 4 feet, weighing no more than 50 lbs., with all branches in one direction. No person shall put out more than two such bundles of brush for any one collection by this Department.
     
  2. Brush with thorns should be bundled separately.
     
  3. Anything over 6 inches in diameter is NOT considered brush.

Grass Clippings, Leaves, Twigs and Waste Plants from Gardens
(no stones)

Must be placed in plastic or metal cans and not weighing more than 50 lbs. Biodegradable paper lawn and refuse bags will be allowed. PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. Help remove yard waste by starting your own backyard compost or by not bagging clippings and letting them go back into your lawn. The rule of thumb for mowing lawns is "never" remove more than one third of the grass blade at one time.

Fall Leaf Collection

Our fall leaf collection will be conducted in November. Leaves can be raked to the back of the curb. Please DO NOT put them in the street. Biodegradable paper lawn and refuse bags will be allowed. PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT ALLOWED. There will be no brush collection after the October pick up. Christmas trees will be picked up, weather permitting, after the holidays.

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