Love ‘Em & Leave ‘Em

Love ’em and Leave ’em is an initiative of Westchester County to reduce organic yard waste. Mulching in place is a time-tested method of turning old leaves into new soil. There are many benefits for homeowners, including a greener lawn and healthier soil, as well as benefits for the town and county, including “reduction in County yard waste tipping fees, labor overtime, fuel, and transportation costs, specialized equipment purchase and maintenance, prevention of storm drain clogging, etc.” See more benefits of mulching-in-place on LELE’s Homeowners page.

How to Get Started

Nervous about how LELE might look? Read detailed questions and answers in LELE’s FAQ section and check out the short LELE video below.

5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden

In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills… [Read more at].

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Landscapers who provide LELE services (PDF download)

Towns or Villages Adopting LELE

 As of September 2012

  • Bedford
  • Briarcliff Manor
  • Bronxville
  • Croton-on-Hudson
  • Chappaqua
  • Dobbs Ferry
  • Eastchester
  • Greenburgh
  • Harrison
  • Hastings
  • Irvington
  • Katonah
  • Larchmont
  • Mamaroneck
  • Mount Pleasant
  • New Castle
  • New Rochelle
  • North Castle
  • Pleasantville
  • Scarsdale
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Tarrytown
  • Yonkers
  • White Plains