Leaf and yard waste

Things to remember

  • Only use compostable paper yard waste bags, a garbage can or cardboard boxes when setting out leaf and yard waste for collection
  • Ensure containers and bundles are not more than 15 kg (33 lb.) in weight
  • Extra leaf and yard waste goes in the green bin
  • Branches are to be tied in bundles of less than 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 60 cm (2 ft.) in width
  • Individual branches should be less than 10 cm (4 in.) in diameter
  • Fruit and pumpkins can be included
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn.
  • Leaf and yard waste will not be collected as regular garbage
  • Please note: All leaf and yard waste must be bundled using biodegradable material. Twine or string is the best option. Wire, duct tape and plastic twine will not biodegrade whereas twine/string will break down over time.

These items are not collected

  • Plastic bags are NOT accepted as they do not compost
  • Any material or tree cuttings over 10 cm (4 in.) in diameter
  • No earth, rocks or sod
  • No logs or stumps
  • Leaf and yard waste should not be mixed with any other type of waste

Leaf and yard waste may not be placed on the street, sidewalk, boulevard or in parks in accordance with the City's Parks and Facilities By-law No. 2004-276. Anyone charged with this offence may be subject to a fine.

Avoid pick-up problems

  • Clearly identify that the garbage can or cardboard box is for yard waste
  • Leave the lid off your cans and cardboard boxes on dry days
  • Separate the yard waste cans from the recycling and garbage by placing them on the opposite side of the driveway when possible

Reusing your grass clippings

Grass is rich in nutrients and can be used to keep your lawn healthy and fertile. Yard waste and grass clippings make up to 29 per cent of residential garbage during spring and summer. Use your grass clippings to feed your lawn and garden.

Leave clippings on your lawn

Grass clippings that are 6 mm to 13 mm (1/4" to 1/2") in length can be left on the lawn. Longer clippings should be placed in your garden or composter. Grass should always be cut before it goes to seed.

Put them in your garden

Clippings are a soil enriching mulch for your garden. Scatter them in thin layers around flowers, vegetables, bushes and trees.

Put them in your composter

Clippings placed in a composter should be mixed with other compostable waste such as leaves, garden refuse and kitchen scraps. Your grass clippings will quickly decompose into rich compost.

NOTE: If you used herbicides, leave your grass clippings on the lawn. After the fourth cutting, resume placing grass clippings in your garden, bushes or in your composter.