Brush Collection

For Districts #'s 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 and calendar year 2024 brush will be picked up weekly by Superior Waste Removal, under contract with the Town of Clay. Brush collection is Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For Districts #1 and District #6 both loose and bagged leaves will be picked up by the Highway Department. Please keep them separated.


Yard Waste Recycling Center reminder

The Town of Clay offers a yard waste recycling center located on Oak Orchard Road, one mile east of the intersection of Henry Clay Blvd. The site will be open the second Saturday of each month from April - November, 8:00 a.m. - noon. Town of Clay residents may drop off (free of charge) yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, shrubs, trees (including stumps), and concrete. Please NO plastic pots or plastic packaging of any kind, including retail bags or plastic trash bags. If you bring any material in plastic, please be prepared to take it with you. If you have any questions, please contact the Highway Department. You may also visit Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency's (OCRRA) website at or call (315) 453-2866 to obtain information on their yard waste options.

Districts #'s 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8

Dear Town of Clay Resident:

For the calendar year 2024, your brush will be picked up each week by Superior Waste Removal under contract with the Town of Clay.

Holiday Pick-up: The weeks of Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving- if your collection day falls on or after an observed holiday your collection day will be the day after the normal pick-up day and will return to normal schedule the following week.  Unless otherwise noted all other holidays will remain on regular schedule.  Holidays that fall on the weekend will not be observed during the week. 

  • Limbs will be collected provided they are bundled and tied together (twine and rope ONLY), less than five feet long and less than 50 pounds in weight. Limbs shall have a diameter no greater than 6 inches. Removal and disposal of trees are the sole responsibility of the property owner and are not under the brush contract.
  • The preferred method of disposal is to use paper lawn and leaf bags or burlap (not to exceed 50lbs) as both will be wholly disposed in the truck. The use of trash cans or other rigid plastic containers is at the discretion of the homeowner. 
  • Yard waste will not be collected from: cardboard boxes, metal/plastic barrels, collapsible wire bags or wheelbarrows.
  • Plastic bags may not be used either inside or outside of the rigid containers.
  • Items should not be placed in any manner that obstructs traffic, pedestrians, or drainage.   
  • Torn, ripped or overweight bagged items will not be collected.
  • Items must be placed in a manner easily visible and accessible.
  • Dirt/Sod must be removed from plant roots.  Dirt/Sod will not be disposed of as brush.
  • All potted plants shall be removed from their container (pot). The container will not be collected as part of this service.

Items that will not be collected include: pumpkins, rocks, rubbish, refuse, recyclables, landscaping fabric, construction materials, furniture, appliances, sinks, tubs, white goods, carpet and other appliances, tires, batteries, automobile parts, or brush from other districts. Any of these items mistakenly left at the curb will not be picked up and according to Town regulations, must be removed from the street side before 6 p.m. on collection day.

 Please remember, should you have any of these items or any other service requests feel free to contact us for a quote.                                               

Most questions or complaints can be handled directly with Superior Waste Removal at (315) 672-3174 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Please leave a message if prompted.  If we are not able to assist or resolve the issue, contact the Town of Clay, Supervisor Damian M. Ulatowski’s Office at (315) 652-3800 ext. 162 or email at


2023's Christmas trees will be picked up starting Tuesday, January 2, 2024 through Friday, January 19, 2024.  All districts will be picked up each week on your scheduled day.  Tree stands, decorations, and lighting must be removed from tree.  Artificial trees will not be collected.  Do not cover, wrap, or bag tree in plastic.  It is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure the tree is accessible on your scheduled pick up day.

District Wide Collection

Please keep in mind: The Highway Department understands that not all leaves have begun to fall in October, we ask for your patience and we will do our best to go throughout the town to pick them up during the months of November and December, weather-permitting. As you are aware, living in Upstate New York we never know what to expect for weather conditions. If leaves are too wet from the snow or rain the leaf vacuum cannot retrieve them. Also, if snow accumulates on the leaves they will not be visible for the crews. The highway department crews do not ever intentionally drive by a resident's home that has leaves, but because of these reasons, they may be missed.

With these factors in mind, if leaves are bagged in biodegradable bags there is less chance of loose leaves being left at curbside. We understand that purchasing these types of bags is an added expense therefore, the highway department has the opportunity to provide burlap bags to residents at no cost. These bags are available on a "first come, first serve" basis and you MUST be a Town of Clay resident. Burplap bags may be picked up in the white shed located in the parking area on the west side of the highway building. The quantity of burlap bags is limited as our supplier has begun recycling them. If there are no bags available we will replenish as soon as the supplier provides them. As we extend this service as a courtesy, the highway department has no knowledge of pending deliveries of burlap bags, nor does the highway office staff know when the inventory is low or out.

If the snow should fall before your leaves are picked up, we will continue the leaf pick-up as soon as possible. If the leaves are visible after a thaw, and the crews are able to get at them, they will be picked up.

Please have your leaves out in time for our pick up so that the highway crews can continue with their scheduled work as planned.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.




Joseph A. Nicoletti, Jr.


(315) 652-3800 x 3
(315) 652-5137
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM M-Friday
Summer Hours: 6:30 AM - 4:30 PM M-Thursday

Support Staff

Tricia Herzog

Information Aide

Carmon Phillips

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