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REMINDER: Do not dispose of leaves or grass in roadways

CANASTOTA, NY – The Village of Canastota Codes Enforcement Office would like to remind residents of village laws prohibiting the disposal of yard waste, trash, and/or snow in the streets. Leaves, grass, ice and snow can clog up gutters and make roadways slippery and unsafe.

Canastota Village Code chapter 185-4 states the following:

It shall be unlawful for any person to:

A. Throw, sweep, spill, place, or cause to be thrown, spilled, placed, deposited, swept or left, in or upon any street, highway, alley, sidewalk, park or other public place, from any privately owned place or premises in the Village, any dirt, sweepings, filth, garbage, vegetables, compost, ashes, cans, wastepaper, leaves, brush, weeds, grass, hay, straw, shavings or other litter or loose and combustible materials subject to the carried by the winds, or any unwholesome, noisome, putrescent or objectionable or odorous material of any kind in any place.

B. Throw or deposit, or cause to be thrown or deposited, into any drain, catch basin, sewer or gutter, or into the Canastota Creek or the Erie Canal, any garbage, litter or other substance; or to divert or stop the flow of any drain, sewer or of the Canastota Creed, Erie Canal or other natural waterway.

C. Sweep, throw, deposit, or cause to be swept, thrown, or deposited, any snow, ice, dirt, debris or refuse into any gutter, public square or park within the Village from any privately owned lands, sidewalks or premises abutting or adjoining such gutter, public square or parks.

D. Distribute handbills or posters without actual consent of the owner or operator, and place them in cars or under a windshield wiper of such motor vehicle.

E. Throw, deposit, drop, discharge or leave, or cause to be thrown, deposited, dropped, discharged or left, in or upon any street, highway, alley, sidewalk, park or other public place within the Village, any refuse, wrappings, containers, papers or other litter, or to so deposit the same that it can be blown by the wind into or upon said streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, parks or other public places.

Violators will be issued written notices of violation from the Codes Enforcement Office, and according to village code chapter 185-15 may be subject to penalties.

Any person committing an offense against this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment.

Anyone who has questions regarding the village’s snow and yard waste removal policies is encouraged to on the following links for more information. You may also contact the village office at (315) 697-7559 or

Village of Canastota winter information
Village of Canastota brush and yard waste policy

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