Spring 2020
The Garbage Company will pick up leaves and only leaves when they are in a bag.
Sticks and Branches will not be picked up.

Green Alternatives to Burning Leaves That Help Keep Our Air Clean

A man mows through a thick layer of fall leaves on his lawn
Shredding your leaves with a mulching
mower will reduce their volume and
speed up decomposition time.

Option 1: Create Valuable Compost from Your Leaves

A big pile of leaves will decompose, but very slowly. To speed things up, see our home composting guide and "Everything you wanted to know about home composting" (Important links at right).

Leaf volume and decomposition time can be greatly reduced by shredding. Rake dry leaves into low piles and mow over them several times with a mulching mower. Up to ¾" deep of shredded leaves can be applied to your lawn. You can add shredded leaves to your compost pile, and use the compost in the spring.

Option 2: Use Leaves as Mulch

Perennial shade garden
This healthy and beautiful garden is mulched
with composted leaves from the
surrounding forest.

In the vegetable garden

  • Use leaves to cover bare soil in your vegetable garden during the winter and to protect cold-hardy vegetables like carrots, kale, leeks and beets for extended winter harvest. In the spring, you can turn the leaves into the soil.
  • Decaying leaves use up soil nitrogen, so add an organic source of slow-release nitrogen, like composted animal manure, before planting.

In the flower garden

  • Shredded leaves make good mulch for garden beds and are less likely to blow around. The leaves will gradually turn into compost, enriching your soil.
  • If you prefer the look of bark mulch, cover bare soil with shredded leaves first, then a top layer of bark mulch.
  • Keep total mulch depth to three inches or less and don't let mulch touch tree trunks or the base of shrubs as this can encourage pests and disease.

Option 3: Municipal Composting

A municipal compost pile
Some communities compost yard waste
and allow residents to take the finished

Your community may offer curbside collection of leaves, or allow residents to bring leaves to a central location. Leaves are then composted and the compost made available to the public. Ask your local recycling coordinator if this is an option in your community as not all landfills will accept yard waste.
Town of Evans will begin collecting your leaves at the Town Park on October 27th.
Watch for the ad in the October 20th Angola Pennysaver.

Not an Option: Burning

It is illegal to burn leaves anywhere in New York State. Brush of a certain size may be burned. See the burning regulations FAQs for details.

What's Wrong with Burning?

  • The smoke from burning leaves contains dangerous compounds.
  • The smoke can irritate anyone's lungs, but it is especially harmful to children, the elderly and anyone with respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
  • Any outdoor fire can spark an accidental brush, forest or house fire.

Courtesy of New York State Department of Environment & Conservation 



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March 2, 2020
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Phone: (716)858-8500 / Mobile: (716) 270-7842


EC Department of Environment and Planning
encourages residents to sign up for email notifications on collection events;
first collections will be held on May 30, June 27, 2020

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (“ECDEP”) is planning household hazardous waste collection events for the 2020 season and is encouraging residents to sign up for email notifications of these events and other related collections. The first two collections will be held on May 30 (Southtowns) and June 27 (Northtowns).  More details and additional dates for events in the City of Buffalo and a rural location will be available soon at www.Erie.gov/recycling.
A new reservation system was implemented in 2019 to reduce wait times and limit congestion at the five collection events held countywide and was met with a very positive response from nearly 1,900 residents who took advantage of the new process to easily and conveniently dispose of hazardous household wastes. DEP now reaches out to a list of over 3,000 interested residents who receive e-mails about upcoming hazardous waste as well as other related collections
“Our new system of offering additional household hazardous waste collection opportunities at a variety of locations was very well-received as it was easier for residents to plan on attending an event closer to their home, at a time and place that fit their schedule,” said Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner of Environment and Planning. “We also received positive feedback from residents who joined our email list and were notified of collection events, giving them all the information they needed to bring acceptable items for disposal as well as what to expect at the event itself. The new system streamlines the process, makes registration easy, greatly cuts down on wait times, eliminates instances of residents bringing items that won’t be accepted, and makes better outcomes for all.”
Over 1,900 Erie County households participated in the five HHW collection events held in 2019 where over 300 one pound propane cylinders were collected along with 135 pounds of mercury, 9,700 gallons of oil-based paints, 10,000 pounds of solid pesticides,  2,200 gallons of liquid pesticides, 550 fire extinguishers and hundreds of gallons of other hazardous solids and liquids including acids, oxidizers, antifreeze and motor oil.
Additional support for these events is provided by the Northeast Southtowns and Northwest Solid Waste Management Boards, the City of Buffalo, SUNY ERIE and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 
To stay updated and/or to sign up for e-mails about upcoming events, go to www.erie.gov/recycling , or call (716) 858-6800.
For more information
On the Department of Environment and Planning, visit http://www2.erie.gov/environment/

April 18 2020, Saturday

Call 549-5787, Town Supervisor's office, with any questions.


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