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Spring Cleaning Notes

Semi-weekly Brush pick up begins the week of March 7th.  Please refer to the Sanitation Calendar and note Brush Week which begins in March and continues until Columbus Day weekend in October.

To find the exact day of the week we will be visiting your street please refer the the Brush Week Pick up schedule located on the Sanitation Calendar.

Note:  The Sanitation Calendar is published corresponding with the City's Fiscal Year, July 1st - June 30th. 

Yard waste is inevitable in Tree City USA.  The Department of Public Works encourages homeowners, local landscapers and even our own operations to reduce the amount of grass clippings they produce. Grass clippings are high in nitrogen and moisture and they result in an offensive odor when large quantities are added to the compost the City processes at the Gedney Recycling Yard.

Reusing grass clippings by grasscycling is the best way to alleviate this issue. Grass cycling fertilizes your lawn naturally and has many benefits:
  • Since the clippings add nitrogen to the soil, less chemical fertilizers are needed
  • Clippings naturally discourage weed growth
  • Efforts are saved by not having to pick up and bag grass clippings
  • Help eliminate clogged storm drains
  • All of this ultimately saves money!

Phosphorus is one of the leading causes of water pollution and is not needed on healthy, established lawns. It's against the law to use phosphorus on lawns that don't need it.  Read the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines on how to help protect freshwater lakes and ponds from algae overgrowth and other issues in their DEC Fertilizer Brochure and the accompanying fertilizer Fact Sheet.

This is a great way to reduce the amount of food "garbage" by turning your unused raw food scraps into rich nutrients for your planting beds.


Select a dry, shady spot near a water source, if possible, for your compost bin.

Add food trimmings and dry leaves or wood shavings as your household generates them.  Make sure large pieces of food, etc., are chopped or shredded to help the break down process.  Food trimmings should be raw, without any oils or fats added to them.

A well balanced compost mix will give you material that breaks down easily and doesn't smell.  In order to get this balance you need to include a combination of GREENS and BROWNS.

GREENS provide nitrogen.  They include fruits and vegetable trimmings, including peels and rinds.

BROWNS provide carbon.  Include woods shavings, dry leaves, coffee grounds and filters and tea bags too!

Rotate or mix up your compost once a week.  A good balance of nitrogen and carbon allows greens and browns to break down quickly  If your compost develops an odor, add baking soda to help balance the acidity.  Your compost should stay moist, but not wet.  Rain water should suffice or you may add water to prevent it from drying out.  

Once the material breaks down it will be a fine crumbly earth-like consistency, and a healthy mix of nutrition for your garden.

LEAF BLOWER BAN  (Translation En Espanol)

The use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers are allowed ONLY during the following Spring and Fall clean-up periods and designated times:

March 15th - May 15th  and October 1st - December 15th
Monday - Friday:  8 am - 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Legal Holidays:  10 am - 6 pm

Gasoline-powered leaf blowers that produce a sound level greater than 70 decibels are PROHIBITED.  Gasoline-powered landscape maintenance equipment other than leaf blowers (lawn mowers, chain saws, trimmers, etc.) that produce a sound level greater than 85 decibels are prohibited.

Simultaneously operating more than one gasoline-powered leaf blower on property measuring 5,000 square feet or less is prohibited.

Penalty may be a fine of up to $250.  

If you have a concern about the use of leaf blowers on private property, please contact the City's Public Safety Department at 422-6111;  

Leaf blowers being used in parks or elsewhere on public property please call the Department of Public Works at 422-1202.

More information on the ordinance regulating the use of landscaping equipment may be found in the City's Municipal Code Section 3-4-2 (8).

Take It or Leave It!
Neighborhood Recycling at it's Best  
Rather than throwing out good stuff, donate gently used household items for someone else to enjoy.  Take a load off our landfills and help someone in need.  While you're there - you might find something that you can use!  (No fabric items such as couches or linens and no plush toys please)

is located at the Gedney Recycling Yard, 87 Gedney Way

Regular Hours* (April 28, 2018 - October 27, 2018)
  • Saturdays  9 am - Noon
  • Wednesdays  2 pm - 4 pm

*For more information, please e-mail , or you may sign up to volunteer at the Eco Neighbors TiLi Sign Up Genius website

TEXTILE RECYCLING - Available at the Gedney Recycling Yard
White Plains residents are encouraged to either donate used clothing or recycling them at the the City's textile recycling bin located within the Gedney Recycling Yard at 87 Gedney Way.  Please make sure all items dropped off are clean and dry.

The following textile items are accepted
All types of used clothing Footwear Sheets
Handbags Belts Pillows
Soft toys Drapes