Refer to the printed collection calendar you received in the mail (unless you opted out of a printed copy).
Setting Out Your Yard Waste
Set out yard waste by 7am on your seasonal yard waste collection days.
Use see-through plastic or double-ply paper bags. Plastic bags that are not see-through, like black garbage bags, will not be collected.
Bundle twigs and branches. Please tie materials over 0.3 metre (1 ft) in bundles and set them beside your yard waste bags. Bundles must be less than 1.2 metres (4 ft) and 0.75 metre (2.5 ft) in diameter.
There is no bag limit. You can set out as many bags or bundles as you need.
Keep your collector safe. All yard waste is picked up by hand. Please make sure your bags are in good condition, less than 20 kg (44 lb), and packaged in a way that’s safe and easy for your collector to lift. Make sure your paper bags are rolled closed at the top and your see-through plastic bags are tied closed. This prevents spills.
Yard waste in carts will only be collected on your regular collection day.
Note: Tree stumps and trunks are not accepted for curbside collection but can be dropped off at an Eco Station for free.
Managing Yard Waste
Between seasonal yard waste collection days you can:
Compost at homeand use leaves, twigs and shrub trimmings as mulch to protect your plants through the winter and provide them with nutrients.
Go bagless! Remove the bag off of your mower, and leave grass clippings on your lawn. This returns valuable nutrients to your soil.
Drop off yard waste at an Eco Station for free. Loose yard waste and yard waste in paper bags can be added directly to a yard waste bin. Yard waste in plastic bags will need to be emptied into the bin, as no plastic bags are allowed in the bin.
Top up your food scraps cart with yard waste, as long as you can close the lid. Try not to compact the material in your cart, as this could result in it getting stuck when being tipped by the collection truck.
Store excess yard waste for your next yard waste collection day. See-through plastic bags are recommended for longer term storage, or when they are stored in place that may be damp. We recommend paper yard waste bags be used only when material is stored in a dry location and for less than a week.
About Yard Waste Collection
Separate collection of yard waste in the spring and fall allows us to create clean, high-quality compost, while keeping more waste out of the landfill, in line with the 25-year Waste Strategy.
Yard waste collection dates always fall on Mondays. This allows the City to use existing staff and collection trucks, which are busy Tuesday to Friday with regular curbside collection.
How We Choose Your Collection Days
Yard waste collection days are decided the year before and based on several factors:
The timing of snowfall and precipitation
Volumes of yard waste collected in the previous year
Yard waste collection happens across the city over a two-month period. We know some collection dates may occur when there is less yard waste available for collection, or colder weather makes yard clean-up difficult. This changes from year to year due to weather conditions, and is difficult to predict. To accommodate for seasonal changes, two yard waste collection days are provided to everyone each season.
Yard waste material is processed separately from food scraps and used to make high-quality compost. This compost is available for free in the spring and summer at Ambleside and Kennedale Eco Stations, starting in May and ending in early fall.