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Highway Department
The Town of Milton Highway Department works hard to provide exceptional services to the residents of the Town of Milton.
Highway Office number: 518-885-5655


Town of Milton Highway Yard Debris Policies
  • Spring cleanup runs from April 15th until May 15th. After May 15th yard debris cannot be placed curbside unless it is in containers or biodegradable paper bags.
  • At their convenience, your garbage company may or may not pick up your biodegradable paper bags.
  • There is no regular pickup by the Highway Department during the months of June, July, August, and September. For prompt removal of your yard debris please bring it to the Town's transfer station located at 503 Geyser Road. For transfer station hours please see below.
  • Yard debris cannot be placed on someone else's property. This includes cul-de-sacs.
  • If a complaint is received within the Highway Department about loose debris during the months of June, July, August, and September, it will be sent to Code Enforcement and warning notices will be delivered. If the problem is not corrected, tickets will be issued. (Please see N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law section 1220 parts (a) and (c) along with NYS stormwater management violations.)
  • We do not pick-up trees that were taken down by a contractor. They must be removed from your property by the contractor.
  • We do not pick up lot clearing debris.
  • In the event of a major windstorm, the Highway Department will attempt to pick up fallen debris caused by the storm. This does not include grass clippings, leaves, or pruning debris. Please call the Highway Department after the storm to confirm if crews will be out for storm damage pickup and to verify your address.
  • Fall cleanup begins approximately October 15th and continues until our first heavy snowfall.

Spring Pick-up
Spring pick-up  begins April 15th and continues until May 15th. Leaves may be placed curbside during this time and do not need to be bagged. We ask Town residents to please place yard debris curbside and not in the roadways. Yard debris placed in roadways can be dangerous, can run into drainage systems, and is in violation of Stormwater Management regulations. We ask that you separate leaves from all other debris to be sure we do not damage Town equipment. We may not be able to pick up your leaves and sticks are mixed.

When Spring cleanup ends summer road re-construction begins.  After May 15th, yard debris will need to be put into biodegradable paper bags or in containers that are clearly labeled “yard waste”.  We urge all Town residents to put their yard debris curbside by May 15th, so yard debris is not left curbside for long periods of time. There is no regular pick-up of yard debris after May 15th until fall pick-up starts in the middle of October. For prompt disposal, Town residents can also bring their yard debris to the transfer station located at 503 Geyser Road.

Fall Pick-up
Fall pick up begins in mid-October and continues until inclement weather prevents us from further pick-ups. Once again, we ask Town residents to please place yard debris curbside and not in the roadways. Yard debris placed in roadways can be dangerous, can run into drainage systems, and is in violation of Stormwater Management regulations. We ask that you separate leaves from all other debris to be sure we do not damage Town equipment. We may not be able to pick up your debris if it is mixed.

Transfer Station
The transfer station is open to all Town residents; however, it is not for contractor use. The transfer station is open Monday – Thursday from 6:00 AM until 4:30 PM. During summer months the transfer station had additional Saturday hours from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. It is closed any holiday weekend.

Please keep in mind the following for both Spring and Fall pick-ups:
  • Keep branches or tree limbs less than four feet in length
  • Loose leaves will be removed with a suction truck. This truck will not be able to pick up your debris if it is mixed with branches or anything else that may damage the machine.
  • Biodegradable bags must be used for anything you would like to bag. Unfortunately, we cannot pick up plastic bags.
  • The Highway Department cannot pick up furniture, household appliances, garbage, tires, or batteries.
  • Yard debris must be placed curbside and not in the roadways.
We cannot pick up items that are not in compliance with above rules and regulations.

Free Compost for Town Residents
In the early months of Spring, the Highway Department supplies compost to Town of Milton residents free of charge. Look for it in separate piles behind the Highway gates. Compost is given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Winter Road Service
In the Winter, it is our number one priority to be sure our roadways are safe. The Highway Department is on call 24 hours a day to be sure to clear roadways during snow or ice storms. The safety of our residents is our number one concern. We ask residents to remember the Town Code that prohibits them from parking in the roadways from November 1st until April 1st. This Code makes sure the roadways are clear so we can safely plow and do our jobs in an efficient manner.

Free Sand/Salt mix available to Town Residents:
The Highway Department also makes a sand/salt mixture available to Town residents during winter months. This sand/salt mixture will be available to Town residents on a first come basis. When the gates to the Highway Department are open, residents are welcome to come in and take the mixture in five-gallon buckets. There will be times that we, for safety reasons, will have to close the gate. During these times, we will leave piles of sand and slat outside the gates.