Leaf and Yard Debris Collection
Due to the Covid 19 virus the Town of Brighton Highway and Sewer departments are limiting our response to essential facilities such as the operation of our highways and sewers. Lawn and garden debris pick-up is temporarily on hold and the Town landfill is closed. Town staff will be available to answer phone calls and respond to emergency situations.
Thank you for your understanding during these trying times.
Town of Brighton residents may dispose of yard debris within the fenced in area at the Town of Brighton Highway Department located at 1941 Elmwood Ave. This area is reserved solely for Town residents. Private contractors are not permitted to dump at this location.
Construction debris, sod, dirt, household refuse and plastic bags are not permitted. This area is only for the collection of yard debris.
Leaf and Yard debris collection efforts will generally occur in the sequence depicted in the interactive map below.
Use the maps below for up to date information on when to anticipate leaf and yard debris collection in your neighborhood.
You can use the address locator bar () or zooming feature () of the interactive map to find your street.
*Truck icon indicates approximate stopping location of crews.*
|Leaves and bulk yard debris are not currently being collected.|
|Containerized yard debris is not currently being collected.|
It’s Not Too Late to Save your Leaves!
As the leaves continue to fall, many of us will use our time and/or money to rid our lawns of them. Keeping our leaves nearby is a simpler, more environmentally-friendly solution, as leaves contain nutrients that are good for the soil.
Here are some ways to make the most of your leaves:
- Mulch your leaves in place: Shred your leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on your lawn. It’s faster and easier than raking or leaf blowing and adds nutrients to the soil.
- Add shredded leaves as mulch to your garden and landscape:Shredded leaves can be used as a mulch to kelp prevent weeds and keep moisture in the soil. In addition, the leaves will slowly release nutrients into the soil.
- Insulate your compost bin for the winter: Place leaves around and on top of your compost bin. This will insulate your bin and allow the material to continue to breakdown. In the spring you will have fresh compost without waiting for your pile to thaw out, and the leaves can be added to your spring compost pile.
- Compost your leaves: Leaves are a great source of browns, materials rich in carbon, that are needed to balance greens in your compost pile like food scraps and grass clippings. Compost can be used as a mulch or mixed into the garden soil. One of the biggest challenges to composting food scraps at home is the release of water into your compost bin as the food breaks down. One of the best ways to fix this is to add leaves every time you add food scraps (Hint: shredded leaves absorb water better than whole leaves).Collect and store leaves in the fall, then use them throughout the coming year. Compost provides nutrients, improves soil structure, absorbs and holds in moisture, and adds beneficial microorganisms.
Visit DEC’s website for more information on backyard composting