The Southampton Town Highway Department's spring cleanup program gets underway April 22, when highway workers will begin picking up leaves in biodegradable paper bags and winter-kill branches up to 3 inches in diameter.
Loose leaves and leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.
Each residence is limited to 8 cubic yards of brush. Tree trimmings, hedge clippings and stumps will not be accepted.
The town's spring cleanup program does not apply to incorporated villages, including Southampton, Sagaponack, Sag Harbor and North Haven.
Town residents may self-haul leaves for free year round to the North Sea, Hampton Bays and Westhampton transfer stations. Brush can be dropped for free during an amnesty period from April 15 to May 31.
There are three districts east of the Shinnecock Canal, and clean up of each district begins on April 22:
District four covers Shinnecock Hills from the canal east up to Head of Pond Road at the intersection with Deerfield in Water Mill. This district will start in Shinnecock Hills by the Lobster Inn working down North Highway heading towards the canal. They will then head down Montauk Highway heading east toward the Tuckahoe area before moving into North Sea and ending on Head of Pond Road, north of Deerfield Road.
District five covers Noyac Road from Majors Path east to the Sag Harbor village line, including Mt. Misery. It also covers Sagg Road to the wooden bridge. This district will start in the most eastern section of their district in the Mt. Misery/Sagg Road area working west.
District six covers the entire south side of Water Mill to Sagaponack and the north side of Water Mill from Deerfield Road east to Sagaponack. They will start on Deerfield Road, on the north side of Montauk Highway in Water Mill and stay north of Montauk Highway through Bridgehampton into Sagaponack before moving south of Montauk Highway heading west from Sagaponack into Water Mill.
Biodegradable paper leaf bags are available at:
- Emporium True Value Hardware
Main Street, Sag Harbor
- Henry Persan & Sons
79 Division Street, Sag Harbor
- Herrick Hardware
41 Main Street, Southampton
- Shinnecock Hardware (east)
849 County Road 39, Southampton
23 Jagger Lane, Southampton
For zones east of the Shinnecock Canal and more stores that carry biodegradable bags, visit Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch.