In fall 2007, it will be mandatory (according to NYC's Yard Waste Composting Law ) for NYC residents in the city's leaf collection districts to set out their fall leaves in paper bags (or in unlined rigid containers) during the designated DSNY fall leaf collection period.
How to Set Out Leaves for DSNY Collection:Unfortunately, with the closing of the Spring Creek Composting Site, Brooklyn and
1. Place leaves into large paper leaf bags. Leaves may also be set out loose in unlined garbage cans. You can be fined for setting out your leaves in plastic bags during DSNY’s leaf collection period.
2. Place leaves at the curb on the designated Saturday evenings.
3. Leaf pickup may take place early the next morning, so place leaves at the curb on the designated Saturday night. Leaves not picked up the next day, will be collected later in the week.
Queens residents are effectively cut off from the spring and fall compost givebacks.
Fall Leaf Collection Program, NYC Department of Sanitation