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Yard waste collection

All yard waste depots were permanently closed in 2012.
Itís illegal to leave yard waste at these closed sites. Violators will be fined.

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We will collect your yard waste and compost it once every two weeks, from April to November each year. Find out more about this collection service.

1. What yard waste collection service will you provide for single-family homes?

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

2.Do you provide yard waste collection service to businesses?

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).

3. How should I set out my yard waste for collection?

You must place your yard waste:

  • in an acceptable container without a lid, or in tied bundles
  • at least an armís length away from your garbage and recycling carts
  • no sooner than the night before your collection day.

4. How will my yard waste be collected?

We will collect it manually. Each container must be easy to lift and no heavier than 22 kg (50 lbs).

5. Is there a limit to how much yard waste I can set out?

No. However, each container must be easy to lift and no heavier than 22 kg (50 lbs).

6. Is there an extra fee for yard waste collection?

No, yard waste collection is part of our new garbage and recycling services.

7. What happens to the yard waste after it is collected?

It is taken to a central location and composted into a reusable soil-like material. We use it in City flower beds and to landscape finished landfill areas. We are also exploring other opportunities for future uses.

When is your yard waste collection day? Find out and print out your calendar.

What types of containers you can and cannot put your yard waste into for collection.

1. What types of containers must I use?
  • Any reusable container in good condition without a lid (e.g., plastic tubs, old blue boxes, metal or plastic garbage cans).
  • 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.

All yard waste containers should be kept lighter than 22 kg (50 lbs).

2. Why canít I leave the lid on the container when I set it out at the curb?

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.

3. Can I put my yard waste out for collection in my recycling or garbage cart?

In order to be collected and composted, yard waste must be put in an eligible container. Yard waste put in garbage carts will be collected as garbage. Yard waste put in recycling carts will not be collected.

4. What are the advantages of paper yard waste bags?

Paper yard waste bags:

  • are all-natural,
  • weatherproof,
  • durable,
  • stay open when filling with yard waste materials, and
  • won't puncture easily from twigs.

5. Where can I buy paper yard waste bags?

They are available at many stores.

6. How strong are paper yard waste bags?

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).

7. Why must I use paper bags for my yard waste?

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.

8. Can I use BPI-certifiable plastic-type compost bags for my yard waste?

No. These bags require a lot of time and heat before breaking down. We currently arenít accepting them because if they donít break down completely, it decreases the use of the final compost.

9. Can I use plastic bags for my yard waste?

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.

What you can and cannot put out for yard waste collection.

1. 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)
2. What can I place beside my containers or yard waste bags?
  • tied bundles of branches Ė no longer than one metre (39 inches) or heavier than 22 kg (50 lbs)
3. What wonít be accepted in the yard waste program?
  • 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
4. Can I put apples from my tree into my yard waste?

Yes. You can put fruits that have grown from your yard into your yard waste containers or bags.

How to put out less yard waste every other week.

1. 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.

2. Should I continue to use my backyard composter if I have one?

Yes Ė 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 the Green Action Centre.

3. 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: October 1, 2015

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