You can reduce waste by composting fallen leaves, branches and other woody material and organic wastes. The benefits of composting fall leaves, rather than putting them out for collection, include improving the health of your lawn and gardens as well as cost savings to your community. Grasscycling, which means recycling grass by leaving clippings on the lawn, and GreenScaping, to reduce lawn and yard maintenance, are other easy ways to make a difference.

Often you can further reduce your yard waste by composting food scraps along with yard waste in a compost bin, transforming everyday kitchen and yard waste into rich, beneficial compost material. Cornell Waste Management Institute provides information for at home composters and educators seeking to promote composting. You can read more about small scale or backyard composting, get fact sheets, see videos and find a home composting demonstration nearby.

Westchester County commends the following municipalities in their efforts to reduce organic yard waste that is needlessly collected and sent out of the county for composting. Various initiatives, such as the Love 'Em and Leave 'Em program and the Leave Leaves Alone campaign, encourages homeowners and landscapers to mulch their fall leaves and grass clippings on-site.


Communities Adopting and Promoting On-Site Leaf Mulching

Bedford Bronxville Briarcliff Manor Chappaqua
Cortlandt Dobbs Ferry Eastchester Greenburgh
Harrison Hastings Irvington Katonah
Larchmont Mamaroneck Mount Pleasant New Castle
New Rochelle North Castle Ossining Pelham
Pleasantville Pound Ridge Scarsdale Sleepy Hollow
Tarrytown Tuckahoe White Plains  Yonkers