• Leaves are picked up only during designated dates in the fall. Notice will be posted of those dates.
  • Residents can always bring leaves in paper bags or un-bagged to the Transfer Station free of charge.
  • Leaves should be free of branches, yard waste, grasses and anything else that is not leaves.
  • No grass clippings can be brought to the Transfer Station as we are not permitted to take grass.
  • Requesting Pickup of Leaves
    • Leaves must be in paper bags
    • Send an email message to
    • Include your name, address & number of bags
    • We will collect the bags on your regular trash collection day


Each fall, we plan on waiting until mid-October to determine the actual start date of our fall leaf collection depending on the timing of the leaves coming down for that year.

Residents can always bring bags of leaves to the Transfer Station on Roxbury Road free of charge. The Transfer Station is typically open Tuesday – Saturday 7:30AM to 2:00PM.

We do ask residents to call or email us with the location of their leaves and the number of bags for a few reasons;

We used to use our rear loading garbage trucks to do leaf pickup but these trucks have been taken out of service because they were so old and we have chosen not to request town tax dollars to replace them.  Because of this, we have changed the way we pick up leaves so knowing where the leaves are and how many bags per site will help us better plan our routes.

As to why we don’t just drive all the roads in town each week, there are 114 miles of roads in town so that would be highly inefficient.  If a resident doesn’t want to call or email the Department and if we see leaves in front of your house in the proper bags we will try our best to pick them up, however, those that call or email us will be all but assured that we will pick up your leaves.

So that the public knows, the two main methods for the Public Works Department to disseminate information to the public are the town website ( and the Public Safety Facebook page.  We ask that, if you ever have questions about our services, please email the department at

Joe Bragaw
East Lyme Public Works Director