Yard Waste Collection
The curbside yard waste collection program is now finished until spring.
All yard waste depots were permanently closed in 2012.
It’s illegal to leave yard waste at these closed sites. Violators will be fined.
- What yard waste collection service will you provide for single-family homes?
If you live in a house, duplex, or multiplex with seven units or less, we will collect your yard waste and compost it:
- once every two weeks, from April to November each year, start and end dates to be weather dependent
- on the same day of the week that we empty your garbage and recycling carts
Yes. We provide yard waste collection to businesses, registered charities and places of worship that sign up for our cart collection service (put out less than 600 litres of garbage per week).
You must place your yard waste:
- inside a container with no lid, or in tied bundles
- at least an arm’s length away from your garbage and recycling carts
- no sooner than the night before your collection day.
We will collect your yard waste manually. Each container must be easy to lift and no heavier than 22 kg (50 lbs).
No. You can set out as many containers as you need to. However, each container must be easy to lift and no heavier than 22 kg (50 lbs).
No, yard waste collection is part of our new garbage and recycling services.
It is taken to a central location and composted into a reusable soil-like material. We use it to landscape finished landfill areas. Once the quality is verified, we plan to use the material in parks, sports fields and offer it to the public.
Watch all of our new recycling and garbage service videos.
- What is my collection day?
- Your yard waste collection day will normally be the same day every week (e.g. every Tuesday) once every two weeks.
- You can check your collection day online, or you can download our free My Waste app for your smartphone.
- The start and end dates depend on the weather. We will make an announcement if the dates change (e.g., we may postpone the start of collection in the spring if there is still snow on the ground, or extend the dates in the fall if there is no snow on the ground).
- There will be collection on all holidays except Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. If these holidays fall on a weekday, your collection day could be one day later, and normal collection will resume the following week.
- This is what will happen, for example, on a week when Remembrance Day (November 11, 2013) falls on a Monday:
- Monday's collection → Tuesday
- Tuesday's collection → Wednesday
- Wednesday’s collection → Thursday
- Thursday’s collection → Friday
- Friday’s collection → Saturday
Containers for Yard Waste
- What types of containers must I use?
- Any reusable container without a lid (e.g. plastic tubs, old blue boxes, metal or plastic garbage cans). We will not collect containers heavier than 22 kg (50 lbs).
- Cardboard boxes. These will be taken away with your yard waste. Please do not put cardboard boxes out in heavy rain - any boxes falling apart will not be collected or cleaned up by collectors.
- Paper yard waste bags. You can buy them at many stores.
We will not collect yard waste in plastic bags. Plastic bags do not break down and will ruin the finished compost.
Collectors must be able to tell from a distance that the container is yard waste. You can keep a lid on your container for storage, and remove the lid on collection day.
Paper yard waste bags:
- are all-natural,
- very durable,
- stay open when filling with yard waste materials, and
- won't puncture easily from twigs.
They are available at many stores.
Yard waste bags can generally withstand 14 days of sitting outside in any weather, to allow for bi-weekly yard waste collection. After sitting outside, the bags can be collected if the yard waste does not exceed 22 kg (50 lbs).
No. These bags require a lot of time and heat before breaking down. We currently aren’t accepting them because if they don’t break down completely, it decreases the use of the final compost.
No. We will not collect yard waste in plastic bags. Plastic bags do not break down and will ruin the finished compost. You can use paper yard waste bags, cardboard boxes or hard-walled containers.
These bags compost easily and result in a cleaner quality of compost. Once the quality is verified, we plan to use the material in parks, sports fields and offer it to the public.
Acceptable and Unacceptable Materials
- What can I place inside my containers or yard waste bags?
- grass clippings, leaves, plants, flowers
- bush/shrub clippings
- small tree branches (no more than 10 cm or 4 inches in diameter)
- tied bundles of branches – no longer than one metre (39 inches) or heavier than 22 kg (50 lbs)
- logs, stumps
- rocks, dirt, sod
- flower pots
- branches more than one metre long (39 inches)
- garbage of any kind (including animal waste)
- painted or treated wood or lumber
Yes. You can put fruits that have grown from your yard into your yard waste containers or bags.
Reducing Yard Waste
- How can I reduce the number of yard waste bags or containers I put out?
You can mulch or crush dry leaves to make more space in your bags or containers.
To reuse leaf and yard waste, you can use it as brown material for composting, or you can grasscycle and leave grass clippings on your lawn.
- Should I continue to use my backyard composter if I have one?
Yes – keep on composting! This collection program is for those residents who aren't recycling their yard waste or have too much to manage through backyard composting. For more information on composting, contact Green Action Centre.
- Can I take my yard waste to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill)?
Yes. You can take your yard waste to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) free of charge, as long as it is a load of only yard waste. The yard waste should be in reusable containers, paper yard waste bags, or cardboard boxes. You can also bring your yard waste loose, in a covered trailer If your yard waste is in plastic bags, you must empty the yard waste from the plastic bag, and take the plastic bag home with you. You will not be allowed to leave the plastic bag. This is to prevent plastic from contaminating the compost site.
Last updated: February 3, 2014