Grass Clippings

The Village of Sea Cliff WILL NOT pick up your grass clippings. Residents with proper ID may bring their grass clippings to the DPW Yard located at 66 Altamont Avenue. Private Landscapers are NOT permitted to use this site for drop off.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has mandated that Village of Sea Cliff may not pick up residential grass clippings. The Village has therefore implemented a “Don’t Bag It” policy. It is important for homeowners to recycle grass clippings by leaving the clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings are high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – all vital elements for the health of your lawn. You’ll save money by not having to fertilize your lawn as frequently. Clippings left on the lawn DO NOT contribute to the formation of thatch, and DO NOT increase the incidence of lawn diseases, but rather, they reduce water evaporation from the lawn, and help keep the soil cooler. Leaving your clippings on the lawn also saves you from the cost and effort of bagging the clippings.

Private landscapers must take bagged grass clippings to an approved waste disposal or composting facility. The Village of Sea Cliff will NOT accept grass clippings from private landscapers.


Composting is a great way to recycle your kitchen and yard waste and ultimately can be used for nutrient rich soil to grow healthy flowers and vegetables. Composting is an environmentally friendly way to recycle your biodegradable waste and can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can, and in turn, out of our landfills. Residents are encouraged to compost outside their homes