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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Mayor Brown Calls on City Residents to Bag It, Buffalo


Buffalo – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the start of the City’s Bag It! Program. From mid-October through December First, leaves that are collected curbside will be composted. City of Buffalo residents must place all yard debris in clear plastic or paper lawn bags.


  • Leaves, grass, brush and small branches MUST BE PLACED IN CLEAR OR PAPER BAGS
  • Place your bags curbside and City crews will do the rest
  • There is no limit to the number of bags that can go out to the curb
  • Do NOT rake leaves into streets; a summons maybe was written

“Today, I’m calling on City residents to Bag It, Buffalo as part of our Leaf Recycling Program, designed to keep our streets and storm drains clean and clear in neighborhoods citywide,” said Mayor Brown. “I appreciate the cooperation of residents in helping this year’s bagged leaf collection process run as smoothly as possible and encourage them to learn about the different leaf recycling collection alternatives available to them so that our community can continue to properly recycle, saving taxpayer dollars by keeping leaves out of landfills.”

Buffalo City residents can also drop off their yard debris at the Geiter Done of Western New York LLC. owned and operated Yard Waste Drop off site, located at 383 Babcock Avenue (entrance is off Dorothy Street). The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8AM – 3:30PM.  In addition, there will be two Saturday drop off days which will be announced in the near future. Residents will no longer be allowed to drop off yard waste at the City’s Engineering Garage, located at 1120 Seneca Street.


Acceptable material includes:

  • Branches                                              •     Brush
  • Christmas Trees                                    •     Grass Clipping
  • Leaves                                                 •     Plant Trimmings
  • Tree Trimmings                                     •     Limbs
  • Stumps                                                •     Garbage or putrescible waste
  • Uncontaminated Wood debris (cannot be treated or painted)


Residents will need to provide Proof of Residency. Licensed Contractors dropping off yard waste material on behalf of a resident must receive prior approval from the Department of Public Works. For more information, contact Susan Attridge, Director of Refuse and Recycling at 851-5014.

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