A yellow - orange maple leaf, captured in a wire fence, glows with autumn backlight, near the Town Of Walkill, New York. While beautiful to see, autumn leaves have become problematic for communities to dispose of. In many areas residential leaf burning has been banned because of air pollution and health concerns. Leaves have also been banned from landfills because they take up valuable landfill space. To effectively deal with leaf disposal, many communities have implemented composting and mulching programs on a municipal level while encouraging residents to implement similar programs in their own backyards.