This story has been updated to clarify Sleepy Hollows leaf collection rules.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Fall has arrived. But before you begin to rake up all those leaves, keep in mind that Tarrytown, Irvington and Sleepy Hollow have local laws that limit the use of leaf blowers and put regulations on how to bag and get rid of leaves.
Sleepy Hollow residents are permitted to use gas-powered leaf blowers beginning Oct. 1 each year between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. Gas-powered leaf blowers are also permitted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The leaf-blower season ends on Memorial Day weekend.
Sleepy Hollow will pick up leaves that have been collected into biodegradable paper bags and left at the curb. After Oct. 15, residents are allowed to leave loose leaf piles on the edge of their property to be vacuumed, but the village prefers that they use biodegradable paper bags.
Tarrytown limits the use of gas-powered leaf blowers between June 15 and Sept. 15 of each year. Gas-powered leaf blowers are permitted on weekdays beginning Sept. 16. No leaf blowers are permitted on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
Tarrytown will pick up leaves that have been bagged in biodegradable paper bags. Fall leaves for the village collection program can be raked between the curb and pavement edge for vacuum collection between mid-October until winter.
Irvington will collect leaves placed in biodegradable paper bags or loose piles adjacent to residents' property. Irvington officials are also promoting the “Love 'Em and Leave 'Em” campaign, which encourages homeowners to mulch their leaves and leave them on their lawn.
Residents can learn more about mulching-in-place at leleny.org.