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Curbside Yardwaste Collection Rules

Tree Debris Removal Post-Tropical Storm  Isaiah (August 4, 2020)

The Department of Environmental Waste Management has directed all sanitation carters to proceed with their routes as per the normal collection schedule. Residents are advised that curbside yardwaste collection is scheduled every other week through October. Please consult the printed calendar or on-line schedule for yardwaste collections weeks. Both formats indicate yardwaste collection weeks on Sundays, however yardwaste is not collected on Sundays, it is collected on your scheduled yardwaste day.

Curbside yardwaste collection is intended for the removal of plant debris, excluding grass, created by regular maintenance and pruning of landscaping of residential properties by homeowners. Curbside collected yardwaste is manually loaded by laborers into garbage trucks for transport to the permitted disposal facility. The specifications for disposal have been set so that laborers picking up the debris are safe while also setting a size for the materials so they will not damage the hydraulics of the packer unit in the garbage truck.

Refuse trucks and their hydraulics are not meant for large tree debris, including large branches, limbs, boughs and stumps. These items would unquestionably damage the equipment and render the refuse trucks useless for collecting the garbage they are designed for. It is for this reason that yard waste specifications require that any sections of the trunk of the tree be split into pieces less than 5” in diameter and less than 4’ in length. Any debris larger than this requires heavy equipment that only the Highway Department has for curbside collection and transport.

There is a 10 bag/bundle limit per curbside yardwaste collection. Any amounts exceeding this limit must be held behind the property until the next yardwaste collection week.  Yard waste not meeting these specifications or exceeding ten items will deemed a violation and nothing will be collected.

Statement from Highway Superintendent Kevin S. Orelli regarding tree debris from Tropical Storm Isaias on August 4, 2020:  

All storm related debris left at the curb will be picked up by the Highway Department, no need to bundle. This includes all Town, County, and State roads within the Town of Huntington. If possible, please do not place the debris in the street, but in the area behind the curb.

KEVIN S. ORELLI, Superintendent of Highways

As indicated the Highway Department will be collecting tree debris generated by Tropical Storm Isaias. The Highway Department may be doing only a single pass through each street for cleanup so it is important to know if your street has already been serviced, or when service is scheduled. You can contact the Highway Department at 499-0444 or visit the Town of Huntington Highway Department webpage at for additional information.

General Yardwaste Collection Rules:

Yardwaste will be collected only on a scheduled weeks. Put out yardwaste the night before its scheduled pick up.

Due to the excessive volume of yardwaste set out between November 1st and December 31st your yardwaste collection day will vary. You will receive a minimum of one collection per week during this time, but that collection may occur on any day Monday through Saturday. Your patience is appreciated during this time.

In accordance with the Town code, grass is not included in your curbside collection program. Residents are encouraged to Just Mow It using a mulching mower.

Leaves should be placed in bags or uncovered cans. Branches must be bundled and tied no longer than 2×2×4 feet.


  • Leaves

  • Bundled branches

  • Brush

  • Plant trimmings and prunings

  • tree limbs (less than 6 inches in diameter)


  • Grass (Bagged grass clippings may be brought to the Recycling Center for a disposal fee of $2.00 per bag. Note: Five bag limit per resident, proof of residency is required ) 

  • Stumps

  • Sod

  • Lumber

  • Dirt or Rocks

  • Root Balls

  • Limbs exceeding 6” in diameter. For additional information about the disposal of tree debris please consult the Tree Debris Disposal Information Sheet.

Other material may be brought to the Smithtown Landfill, call 269-6600.