From May to October, properly prepared yard waste is picked up by the Town of Bethlehem Highway Department and is composted at the town's Compost Facility.
Yard waste must be placed in reusable containers or paper bags.* Brush and branches under 4 feet in length should be piled neatly along the sides of the road, not so high or so wide as to obstruct roadways or line of sight and not in the roadway itself. Placing debris into the roadway constitutes a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law as well as creates a hazardous situation for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic. Please make sure that storm drainage inlets are also kept clean of leaves and branches to ensure proper drainage.
Acceptable items include leaves, grass, and hedge clippings placed at curbside in reusable containers or in biodegradable paper bags (not over 50 pounds per container), as well as brush and branches under 4 feet in length stacked neatly at curbside. No other items or materials are accepted, and all non-conforming items will not be collected. No brush or trees from private contractors will be accepted.
During Spring Cleanup (the month of April exclusively) and Fall Leaf Pickup (about October 15), leaves can be left loose at curbside. Note: there is no set schedule during the Fall Loose Leaf Pickup, due to the volume of leaves.
Please note that weather conditions play a major role in our ability to adhere to the schedule. Vehicle breakdowns and failure of the scheduled help to show on a given day are also factors in not keeping to a strict schedule. To find out which day yard waste is collected on your street, you can view the map to the right or look it up by finding your street name in our pickup schedule by street.
* The Town no longer sells paper yard waste bags; they are available for comparable prices at many local businesses including Phillips Hardware, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Curtis Lumber, Stewarts, Lowes, Walmart and more.