Fall Leaf Removal (October 15th - December 14th*)

*Please note that the last week for LOOSE LEAVES TO BE LEFT AT THE CURB will be December 3rd.

*Leaves left in bags or containers will be picked up until December 14th, weather permitting.

One of the joys of being a home or property owner in the fall is leaf removal.  

White Plains offers several leaf removal options

Mulching in Place (Leafcycling)
Leaves are a valuable nutritional resource that many property owners let go to waste every fall. Mulching (shredding) your leaves in place is the best and simplest solution for your lawn;  it saves money, saves effort, keeps your property healthy and helps the planet.  

The City of White Plains encourages you to Leafcycle!  It's earth friendly and good for your lawn.

Leafcycling is not an all-or-nothing proposition; you can gradually build it into your lawn care routine!

Containerized Leaf Removal (Fastest leaf pick up) - Thru December 14th, Weather Permitting

Leaves that begin to fall may be put into yard debris containers (labeled with a DPW "COMPOSTABLE" sticker) or in biodegradable paper bags (not in plastic bags.)  
This will provide the fastest service as we pick these up, curbside, every 7-10 working days during leaf season.

40 gallon paper bags are available to White Plains residents at the Gedney Way Recycling Yard, located at 87 Gedney Way, in lots of ten, at a cost of $5 per lot (Checks only please.)  Smaller, 30-gallon bags are available at supermarkets and home & garden supply stores.

Free YARD DEBRIS stickers for dedicated compost containers are available upon request. 
Call 422-1206.

Loose Leaf Removal - Last day to leave loose leaves at the curb is December 3rd
Loose leaves are collected from the property side of the curb every 10-15 working days. Residents and landscapers are cautioned not to pile leaves in the street as they are dangerous to motorists, cyclists and children, and they clog vital storm drains in adverse weather.  

Please remember to rake your leaves onto the property side of the curb and NOT into the street, where they interfere with storm water drainage, perhaps even causing localized flooding.  In addition, once we have a hard freeze and/or snow, if leaves are in the street, they will become a frozen mess and will impede our snow plowing operations. 

*Weather permitting, we will continue our loose leaf collection and request that all leaves be placed at the curb during the by December 3rd so that we may conclude leaf pick up by December 7th. 

Once the final round of picking up loose leaves is complete, city trucks and related equipment must be converted over to snow and ice removal mode.

Gedney Way Yard Drop-Off  
Yard debris may be dropped off at the Gedney Way Yard, Monday thru Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
If you have STICKS or BRANCHES to get rid of during leaf pick up season please drop them off at Gedney Way. 
We cannot include them in the leaf mulching process.

Empty your grass clippings, leaves, lawn rakings and branches in the designated areas.  There is a gate attendant at the Gedney Yard to help direct you.

:  FREE compost, mulch and logs are available to White Plains Residents to take home.


:  If you use a landscaping service to maintain your lawn, please encourage them to practice grasscycling.  The Gedney Way Yard accepts White Plains generated yard debris from commercial landscapers who have a permit.*

*Landscaper permit coupon books are sold at a cost of $750 for yard debris WITHOUT grass clippings.  This cost is increased to $1,500 for yard debris disposal that INCLUDES grass clippings.

Coupon books have (20) coupons and each coupon is good for (4) cubic yards of soft yard debris.

Snow can begin falling as early as October!

At the City of White Plains DPW, we take inclement weather and snow removal operations seriously.  

During snow storms, DPW manpower is maximized by including Highway, Forestry, Sanitation and Water Bureaus to work together, along with Public Safety, to clear roads in order of priority:

Primary Roads are cleared first, followed by secondary and then tertiary roads.  This order helps the City achieve its goal of keeping roads open so that rescue vehicles are able to make their way, in case of emergencies that may arise during inclement weather conditions.

During any snow event please adhere to the following guidelines:

Safety first!

Snow plowing is a serious task which requires full attention from crews.  Please make sure children and pets are not playing in or near the street when you see plows coming through your area.

Do not park cars on the street when it snows - or when snow is in the forecast.
Whether it is day or night, the DPW snow plows must be able to clear the streets of snow safely and effectively.  Cars that remain on the street may get plowed in, and may also receive a summons from the Public Safety department.

Sidewalks and crosswalks are to be kept clear of snow and ice.

Sidewalks should be shoveled the entire width of the sidewalk as prescribed by the said ordinance 
Section 160 of the Municipal Code.  Curb cuts must be kept clear of snow and ice.

When a storm ends at night 
Businesses and multi family residences must clear sidewalks by 10 a.m.
 Single family residences must clear sidewalks within 10 hours.

When a storm ends during the day
Businesses and multi family residences must clear sidewalks within 2 hours.
Single family residences must clear sidewalks within 10 hours.

Private contractor guidelines
If you have a private contractor who plows your private driveway or parking lot, please be advised that snow may NOT be pushed into or across public streets. Snow should be plowed to the rear of your property.  

City Charter:  Snow Removal Section 7-2-1

We take great pride in our snow removal efforts.  Please help us to help you!