The Village of Scarsdale's Annual Fall Leaf Collection Program in which leaves from residential properties are placed in piles at the curb line and collected with leaf vacum trucks by Village public works crews is costly with a total of $742,125 budgeted in the Fiscal Year 2011/2012 Adopted Budget.
Often due to wind, rain or improper placement these leaf piles end up in the street narrowing vehicular travel lanes resulting in traffic safety concerns. These leaves are also prone to blocking stormwater access to catch basins resulting in localized street flooding and phosphate runoff into our waterways.
Fortunately, there is an alternative leaf management practive, on-site leaf mulching! On-site leaf mulching involves shredding leaves where they are and utlizing the shredded leaves as a winter mulch and/or compost for the lawn.