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Sanitation Regulations for Home & Business Owners

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Residential and commercial property owners are required to clean and sweep all sidewalks (including tree pits, grass strips, etc.) and gutters (18″ into the street) bordering their property.

Sweepings (including all leaves, litter, etc.) must be deposited into suitable collection containers and set out for pick-up on the appropriate collection day by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), if residential; or a commercial carter, if from a business.

Please note your location’s Alternate Side Sweeping days & times and ensure that all leaves and other debris have been removed up to 18″ into the street, as well as from the sidewalk. A large amount of uncollected leaves or litter left in gutters may clog street sweeping vehicles and therefore may not be swept.

Property owners may not use public litter baskets to dispose of residential or commercial waste.

Landscapers and yard services are not permitted to dispose of bagged yard waste by placing it at the curb for DSNY collection. NYC’s Yard Waste Composting Law requires landscapers to bring leaf and yard waste to a composting facility.

Property owners are also invited to compost leaf and yard waste, rather than setting it out for collection. For the nearest compost collection site, please click here.

Branches, sticks, twigs, mulch chips, firewood, and other woody debris that is ½ inch or more in diameter may not be placed out for collection by DSNY in Brooklyn. Residents must schedule an appointment to dispose of organic wood with the Department of Parks & Recreation by calling the Community Board office, 311 or via

To read the full text of NYC’s Sanitation Rules & Regulations, please click here.

Topics: Sanitation