Spring Cleaning Notes
Semi-weekly Brush pick up begins the week of March 7th. Please refer to the Sanitation Calendar* and note Brush Week which continues until Columbus Day weekend in October.
*Note: The Sanitation Calendar is published corresponding with the City's Fiscal Year, July 1st - June 30th.
REDUCE YARD WASTE BY GRASS-CYCLING AND COMPOSTING
The Department of Public Works (DPW) composts grass clippings, that are collected from homes bi monthly, at the City's award winning Gedney Recycling Yard.
As Grass clippings are high in nitrogen and moisture and they can result in an offensive odor when large quantities are added to the compost the City processes at the Gedney Recycling Yard. DPW encourages homeowners, local landscapers and even our own operations, to reduce the amount of grass clippings they produce.
Reuse your grass clippings by grass cycling. This is the best way to alleviate this smelly issue. In addition, grass cycling fertilizes your lawn naturally and has many other benefits:
- Since grass clippings add nitrogen to the soil, less chemical fertilizers are needed
- Grass clippings naturally discourage weed growth
- Efforts are saved by not having to pick up and bag grass clippings
- Helps to eliminate clogged storm drains
- All of this ultimately saves money!
FERTILIZER: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Phosphorus is one of the leading causes of water pollution and is not needed on healthy, established lawns.
It's against the law to use phosphorus on lawns that don't need it.
Read the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines on how to help protect freshwater lakes and ponds from algae overgrowth and other issues in their DEC Fertilizer Brochure and the accompanying fertilizer Fact Sheet, and to whom it applies (Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law).
HAVE YOU TRIED FOOD COMPOSTING? This is a great way to reduce the amount of food "garbage" by turning your unused raw food scraps into rich nutrients for your planting beds.
COMPOSTING BASICS Select a dry, shady spot near a water source, if possible, for your compost bin. Add food trimmings and dry leaves or wood shavings as your household generates them. Make sure large pieces of food, etc., are chopped or shredded to help the break down process. Food trimmings should be raw, without any oils or fats added to them.
WHAT GOES IN TO MY COMPOST HEAP? A well balanced compost mix will give you material that breaks down easily and doesn't smell. In order to get this balance you need to include a combination of GREENS and BROWNS.
GREENS provide nitrogen. They include fruits and vegetable trimmings, including peels and rinds.
BROWNS provide carbon. They include wood shavings, dry leaves, coffee grounds and filters and tea bags too!
Rotate or mix up your compost once a week. A good balance of nitrogen and carbon allows greens and browns to break down quickly If your compost develops an odor, add baking soda to help balance the acidity. Your compost should stay moist, but not wet. Rain water should suffice or you may add water to prevent it from drying out. Once the material breaks down it will be a fine crumbly earth-like consistency, and a healthy mix of nutrition for your garden.
LEAF BLOWER BAN
Gas-powered Leaf Blower Retirement Announcement - May 15th, 2023
To report a violation call the
Parking Department at 914-422-1391
All others hours
Call Police Department at 914-422-6111 (non emergency number)-DO NOT CALL 911.
More information on the ordinance regulating the use of landscaping equipment may be found in the City's Municipal Code Section 3-4-2 (8).
The Gedney Recycling Yard
87 Gedney Way
White Plains, NY 10605
Open 7 Days a Week
Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundays - 8:00 a.m. - Noon (Residents Only - No Landscapers)
Also located at the Gedney Recycling Yard
The Take It or Leave It! Shed - Neighborhood Recycling at it's Best
Rather than throwing out good stuff, donate gently used household items for someone else to enjoy. Take a load off our landfills and help someone in need. While you're there - you might find something that you can use! (No fabric items such as couches or linens and no plush toys please) The TILI SHED is located at the Gedney Recycling Yard, 87
Located at the Gedney Recycling Yard (April 29, 2023 - Fall 2023)
Saturdays 9 am - Noon
Wednesdays 2 pm - 4 pm
*For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may sign up to volunteer at the TiLi Volunteer Sign Up website.
TEXTILE RECYCLING - White Plains residents are encouraged to either donate used clothing or recycle it, to keep them out of the waste stream, by dropping them off at the the textile recycling bin located within the Gedney Recycling Yard at 87 Gedney Way. Please make sure all items dropped off are clean and dry.
The following textile items are accepted
All types of used clothing