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Yard Waste Collections

2019 Yard Waste Collection began on March 25 and will end December 13. This schedule is weather dependent.  

Yard waste is banned from disposal by state law; placing yard waste in the blue or green cart may result in rejection.

Yard Waste (along with trash and recycling carts) must be at curb no later than 7:00am on your collection day or as early as 4:00pm the day before. Routes can change at any time and so can your pickup time.

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Preparing Yard Waste

Place in paper yard waste bags or your own barrel.

Accepted Materials

Not Accepted:

  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tree and Shrub Prunings
  • Wood Chips
  • Small Vegetable and Flower Plants
  • Other Vegetative Matter
  • Twigs and branches less than 4' long and 6" in diameter

Use twine to tie branches and limbs in bundles that are less than 4’ long and 3’ in diameter

  • Plastic Bags
  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Rocks
  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Concrete


Bag or barrel must not exceed 50 gallons or 50 pounds


Yard waste in plastic bags will be rejected.

 Consider composting yard waste in your backyard.

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Recycling Your Christmas Tree

2019 Christmas tree collection began January 7 and ran through January 18, 2019. 

Each year, the City of Newton collects Christmas trees for recycling during the first two weeks of January. Collection occurs on your regular trash collection day. Place your un-decorated Christmas tree out to the curb by 7am on your collection day during this two week window. All decorations and lights must be removed and trees cannot be in a plastic bag.

While we highly encourage residents to get their tree out during the first two weeks of January, we understand that time frame does not work for everyone. If you missed the Christmas tree pickup, please request a pickup request using 311 or by calling Customer Service. Alternatively, residents can wait until April and prepare the tree according to yard waste guidelines.  

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