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Dinolfo: Leave Those Fall Leaves at the Curb, Not in the Landfill

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo encouraged residents to dispose of their yard waste properly, either through at-home composting or leaving the waste at the curb for their town or village to collect. Yard waste should not be sent to the landfill with other garbage.

“Fall in Monroe County is a beautiful time of year filled with warm autumn aromas and vibrant colors,” said Dinolfo. “As the leaves begin to fall, let’s be sure to do our part in recycling our yard debris into a valuable resource – mulch! This can be done through your local town or village, or simply through backyard composting. Let’s re-use that yard waste instead of unnecessarily taking up space in our landfill.”

A 2010 study of items disposed by Monroe County residents found that 17% of local garbage was yard waste that could have been recycled. This includes leaf and grass clippings, tree trimmings and garden debris. Uncontaminated yard waste should not be sent to landfills and should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

Many local municipalities have seasonal programs that handle certain types of yard debris, diverting it from the landfill and providing a valuable resource in the form of mulch or compost. The City of Rochester, all 10 villages in the County and 14 of the 19 towns in the County provide seasonal brush and/or leaf collection services to their residents. A number of municipalities also offer yard waste drop-off facilities.

Visit for a list of municipal guidelines for yard debris recycling to ensure that it is recycled properly.