What To Do With The Fall Leaves

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 


Leaf Dropoff 2019

Thank You RE: Environmental Fair

We would like to thank the following who helped make our
11 Annual Evans Environmental Fair Such a Great Success!
Thank you to our Sponsors - Goya, Ace Hardware, Flexovit,
Braymiller Builders, & Buffalo Geothermal.

Our Special Thanks to Auto Zone, Bella Terra, Darlene's Flower Derby,
Jimmy's Pizza & Grill, Kim's Shear Expressions, Sam's Lumbar,
TOPS Angola, & Turtle Joe's for your gift donations!

Thank you to our Evans participants:  Evans Garden Club,
Evangola State Park, B. Scout Troup 528, C. Scout Pack 591,
G. Scout Troop 30327, Boys & Grils Club of Lake Shore, Lake Shore Schools.

A very Special thanks to Ed Michalski and his men at the
Highway Department for handling the Electronic waster drop off.

And Great Thanks to you, Evans Residents for such a huge turnout!

Evans Recycling Committee & Conservation Commission

Note to Residents:
Please watch the Evans Town & Recycling Facebook Pages,
or Erie.gov for information on area recycling events.

Recycling & New Recycling Totes

The Town of Evans is a committed environmental friendly community.

Changes effective Jan.2, 2018 for recycling:

96 Gallon Recycling Containers must have the handles facing
towards your home.

The containers will not be emptied if the handles
are not facing towards you home.
The little blue bins will not be emptied - use only the 
large recycling containers.

Please click here to download the pdf 2018 Schedule A/ B Weekly Recycling Pickup

Week A Pickup 

Week A Schedule

Week B Pickup 

Week B Schedule

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Recycling Committee


Mission Statement

To promote recycling, to develop and deliver programs that educate the public about recycling, reducing and reusing goods. To ensure a safe and healthy Evans for current and future generations. To inspire each other to create and maintain cleaner neighborhoods, Parks and Lake Erie.

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Committee Members are appointed by the Town Board and serve one-year terms.      

Recycling Committee Members

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Mary Hosler

Carolanne Costantino

Dave Mosher

Laura Nosbisch 

James Jowsey

Marianne Gehen  Paul Michalec 
Tiffany Borek  

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