The City is dealing with high volumes of yard waste due to the storm this past weekend. Please set out yard waste properly on your collection day and if it is not picked up, leave it out and the City will collect it as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
The City picks up yard waste every other week on garbage collection day from mid-March to mid-December as well as Christmas trees in January. Yard waste can also be taken to one of the City’s Drop-Off Depots year-round. The yard waste that is collected is turned into compost, some of which is offered to the public for free at Community Environment Days. The City’s yard waste program allows it to divert approximately 90,000 tonnes of yard waste from landfill each year.
These materials are not collected as yard waste and must not be placed in the Green Bin (organics), garbage or recycling:
Leave grass clippings on your lawn or put them in a composter to help build healthy, nutrient-rich soil. Grass clippings are 90 per cent water and return moisture to your lawn, reducing the need for watering. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn also reduces the need for fertilizer by 30 per cent.
If you would like to dispose of the above items, please contact a private company.
All invasive plants must be placed in a securely tied plastic bag and set out as garbage, not yard waste. to prevent spread. Examples of invasive plants include:
Note: Residents employing landscaping contractors to maintain their properties are responsible for making sure contractors follow the rules as well.