REFUSE / RECYCLING

Yard Waste Collection

Yard Waste collection begins March 31, 2014 and ends November 20, 2014.  The Town of Union encourages backyard composting of yard waste.  For material that is not composted, citizens may place yard waste in refuse cans at the curb for pick up on regular yard waste collection days. Except for weeks with Town Observed Holidays. (click here for those dates)

Christmas Trees

Live Christmas trees (no tree bags) must be taken to Highland Park, Glendale Park, William Hill Park or Choconut Center Park, during normal business hours, by February 1st for disposal.

Grass Clippings and Leaves

  1. Must be placed in garbage cans not to exceed 33 gallons in volume and not weighing more than 50 pounds.
  2. NO BAGS OR CARDBOARD BOXES WILL BE ALLOWED.

Brush and Branches

  1. Must be tied in manageable bundles along the curb, no longer than 6 feet in length, weighing no more than 50 pounds and with all branches in one direction (butts toward the roadway).  
  2. Brush with thorns should be bundled separately.
  3. Without prior approval, only limited amounts of brush can be picked up at any location.
  4. Anything over 2 inches in diameter is not considered brush.

The following will not be collected

  1. Waste from tree removal or site clearing.
  2. In the fall, the Town also offers loose leaf collection. Residents may rake leaves out to the curb for pick up.  (see Highway's web page for specifics)

How the service is obtained

Yard waste collection is automatically provided to the community on scheduled yard waste days.

Fees

There are no separate fees associated with leaf or yard waste collections.

Inquires or Concerns

Individuals with concerns about yard waste collection may call the Refuse/Recycling Department at 786-2980. For information on backyard leaf composting, call the Broome County Cooperative Extension at 772-8953 ext. 130.