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With the Snow Melt, the Spring Cleaning Begins: New Schedule for Syracuse Yardwaste Pick-Up
City of Syracuse Department of Public Works

  The city of Syracuse is changing its yard waste schedule pick up to give residents an extra week to make that initial spring clean up and set out their brush and leaves. Department of Public Works Commissioner Pete O'Connor says it'll make the process more reliable for residents and help his crews keep on schedule. The new schedule begins with the northeast quadrant on April 4 and April 5. After the initial pick-up the city will continue to pick up yard work debris monthly. More information on the schedule and reminders about putting out yard waste is at

QuadrantInitial Clean UpRegular Set Out Days, June-October
NortheastApril 4-5First Sunday of the Month
SoutheastApril 18-19Second Sunday of the Month
SouthwestMay 2-3Third Sunday of the Month
NorthwestMay 16 - 17

Fourth Sunday of the Month

The City of Syracuse offers the following reminders about putting out yard waste and construction debris:


·         Set outs should be placed no earlier than the Saturday morning prior to a pickup week and no later than Sunday evening. Pick up will occur during the upcoming week.

·         Yard waste includes brush, branches, and leaves. Leaves should be in a separate pile.

·         Nothing should be in plastic bags, boxes, or cans.

·         Please separate yard waste from construction debris, household trash, and recyclables.

·         Residents must call City Line and advise the DPW one week in advance of construction debris.

·         During each season, residents are allowed a maximum of 2 cubic yards of construction debris removal.

·         Waste should be set between the sidewalk and the curb—not in the street. Piles must not block fire hydrants, sewer vents, or poles.

·         Contractors must arrange for the disposal of construction debris, the City will not pick up commercially-generated debris.

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