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Newton Residents Asked To Resume Bagging Leaves And Other Yard Waste

The City of Newton’s loose leaf collection service, which runs annually from mid-October through mid-January, has ended for the 2023-2024 season with more than 2.5 million pounds of leaves collected. Until loose leaf collection resumes in October, leaves and other yard waste should be bagged and left curbside for collection.

City crews collected an estimated 6,388 cubic yards of loose leaves weighing more than 2.55 million pounds during the last three months. Leaves collected are being composted at the city’s facility on Boston Road. When the compost is ready for use—typically in mid-April—the city will offer it free to the public while supplies last.

Outside of loose leaf collection season, yard waste that should be bagged includes leaves, grass, hedge and shrubbery clippings, sticks, and small tree limbs. Sanitation customers are asked to bag yard waste in clear plastic bags filled to a weight of no more than 50 pounds. Bagged yard waste is typically collected on customers’ regularly scheduled garbage collection days.

Brush and large limbs should be piled and left curbside for collection year round. Brush and large limbs are collected along a chipping route that typically runs several days behind the garbage and yard waste collection schedule. Brush and large limbs should be cut to lengths of no more than 10 feet and diameters of no more than 6 inches and should be placed with cut ends facing the road. Brush and yard waste piles left curbside should not exceed dimensions of 10 feet by 10 feet by 4 feet per customer, per week. Chipping crews will work at a residence or business for up to 30 minutes before attempting to contact the customer and letting them know additional disposal fees will be charged in order to dispose of their brush and large limbs.

The city encourages the use of permitted tree trimmers and lawn care providers—contractors who are required to clear and remove all debris as a condition of their permits—for large jobs to avoid extra disposal fees. Find a permitted tree trimmer or lawn care provider by visiting

For more information and answers to questions about disposing of yard waste, please call (828) 695-4310.

[News release courtesy of Alex Frick, City of Newton Communications & Marketing Director]