Yard Waste

If you have automated garbage collection at your home, you can take part in the seasonal yard waste collection program.

Seasonal collection

We collect yard waste from spring to fall on the same day as your regular garbage collection.

Yard Waste collection typically begins on the Monday of the second week of April and ends on the Friday of the second full week in November. The annual Residential Waste Collection Calendar includes the confirmed start and end dates.

Please note that cool temperatures may warrant a later start or earlier end to the program.

Request yard waste collection

For a one-time service fee of $50, we will deliver a green vented 95-gallon yard waste cart to the front of your property. The fee will be applied to your utility account and can only be authorized by the current utility account holder.

Request yard waste cart

Instructions for successful collection

Participating in the program is easy! Write your address on the cart lid to ensure it remains at the address it belongs to.

What can go in the yard waste cart?

The green yard waste cart is for yard waste materials only. Contaminated carts will not be collected. Acceptable yard waste material includes:

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Plant trimmings
  • Weeds
  • Cut flowers
  • Twigs, branches and limbs up to 2 in (5 cm) in diameter and 3 ft (1 m) in length

Prepare the cart for collection

Place yard waste loosely in the yard waste cart, not in plastic bags.

All waste must fit inside the carts provided and the lids should close completely. Material placed on top or outside of the carts will not be collected.

Set your cart out properly

  • Roll your yard waste cart out to your assigned set out location before 7 a.m. on your designated collection day.
  • Set carts apart and away from obstacles so collection trucks can empty them. If you can easily walk around each cart, then there is enough room for the trucks to collect your contents.
  • Return your cart to your property within 24 hours of collection. Please see Waste Bylaw #1805 for more info.

Dealing with yard waste without a yard waste cart

Watch Managing Yard Waste video

Yard Waste Drop-Off

You can bring grass clippings and yard waste materials to the Waste Management Facility year-round. Disposal fees may apply as noted in Waste Bylaw #1805.

Yard Waste Management at Home

Effective yard waste management reduces waste and recycles organic materials. Although yard waste is biodegradable, landfills do not get the oxygen and water needed for breakdown. Yard waste is better used enhancing our gardens and landscapes.

Incorporate the 3 R's into your yard maintenance activities:

  • Reduce yard waste generation
  • Reuse trimmings on site
  • Recycle organic products (compost and mulch) back into the landscapes

Try the following suggestions to cut the waste generated in your landscaping efforts. You'll save time and money.

Grasscycling

Mow without a bag and leave the grass clippings on the lawn. This will save time, energy and valuable landfill space. Plus, your lawn will love the nutrients! Grasscycling is a combination of common-sense watering, mowing and fertilizing practices. The frequency of watering and mowing will depend on the type of grass in your yard.

Mulching

Mulch is any organic material such as wood chips, grass clippings, leaves and compost that is spread over the surface of the soil. Mulch locks in moisture, reduces soil temperatures and restricts weeds by blocking sunlight. In winter, mulch serves as a blanket for plants by maintaining constant soil temperature. Mulching is also one of the cheapest water conservation techniques.

Composting

Backyard composting provides an almost constant source of free fertilizer and soil conditioner. Benefits include:

  • Improving the structure of the soil
  • Maintaining healthy plant growth
  • Helping conserve water
  • Removing organics from garbage

Leaf management

In the fall, tree leaves are the main contributor to yard waste. Consider mowing, mulching and composting to keep leaves out of the garbage.