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Leaf & Yard Waste Drop-Off

Weather Permitting
Open April - November

The Worcester Public Works Department operates three yard waste drop-off sites for all Worcester residents. The sites are located at:

  • Millbury Street - Formerly Ballard Street, next to the VFW Post. Hours of operation:
    • Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Saturdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM November)
    • Sundays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Recycling on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Chandler Street - In the parking lot across from Foley Stadium. Hours of operation:
    • Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Saturdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM November)
  • Clark Street - Near the East Mountain Street intersection. Hours of operation:
    • Wednesdays 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Saturdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM November)

The sites open again in December for several weeks to offer Christmas Tree Drop-Off.

"Yard Waste" is defined as leaves, grass clippings, garden materials, shrub/hedge trimmings, weeds, and brush one inch or less in diameter. The yard waste drop-off and composting program is the most cost-effective method to collect and dispose of yard waste and leaves. The Department of Public Works composts approximately 10,000 tons of leaf and yard waste every year. After the material is composted, it is used as a soil enrichment for City use, and is offered free to City residents.


  • The large branch and loose brush drop-off service is only available during regular drop-off days and times (see above).
  • Max size of limbs is eight (8) inches in diameter and eight (8) feet in length.
  • Loose (untied or un-baled) brush can be dropped off at this site; however, loads must be secured and/or covered while transporting loose materials to the drop-off site. NO tree stumps will be accepted.

As with each of our drop-off sites we remind residents of some important rules:

  • All sites are for Worcester resident use only. I.D. is required to confirm City residency.
  • No yard waste from commercial sources will be accepted.
  • Dumping materials other than yard waste and/or on days when the sites are closed is strictly forbidden and is considered illegal dumping.
  • Illegal dumping is subject to a minimum $200.00 fine. To report illegal dumping, call (508) 799-8547.
  • Brush must be tied or bundled in lengths not exceeding three (3) feet, or taken to the Millbury Street Yard (see above).

Residents may take yard waste to the drop-off site in bio-degradable paper bags, plastic bags or any other type of container. Only bio-degradable paper bags can be left at the drop-off site. All other containers will be given back to the resident.

The DPW Yard Waste and Leaf Program has eliminated a substantial amount of material from the solid waste stream, thereby reducing disposal costs as well as providing finished compost for residents and City use. The City offers residents an environmentally friendly solution to the growing demands associated with the disposal of yard waste and leaf products in an urban environment.

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