Bi-Weekly Yard Waste Collection
Collection occurs from March to December. For residents receiving curbside collection, yard waste collection begins the week of March 5-9, 2018, and runs until the week of December 10-14, 2018. Yard waste collection includes organics such as plants, grass trimmings, and tree trimmings from residential dwellings. Kitchen scraps and food waste are not accepted. Using the City issued, green-lid yard waste cart, residents can put out their yard waste by 7:00am bi-weekly on their regular collection day.
What goes in your yard waste cart?
|Grass clippings||Plastic or compostable bags|
|Leaves||Animal feces or kitty litter|
|Weeds||Dirt, sod, rocks and tree stumps|
|Plant trimmings||Kitchen or food waste|
Pruning and branches up to 5 cm (2") in
diameter and less than 1 m (3ft) long
|Tissue or paper towels|
|Pine needles and cones||Construction or renovation materials|
|Fruit droppings||Plastic plant or flower pots (recyclable)|
|Landscape fabric or plastic edging|
How to set your yard waste out at the curb. Using a city-issued, green lid cart, residents can place yard waste out for pick up on their bi-weekly day of collection. Place all organic yard waste loosely in the cart, paper or plastic bags are not accepted. If the materials in the cart are compacted, they may not tip out when dumped. Except on the weeks of unlimited yard waste collection, residents can no longer use kraft paper bags or their own bins to have their yard waste collected. For dates of unlimited yard waste collection, please refer to the most current garbage Calendar.
Residents can use their yard waste cart for standard yard and garden waste – be sure to put it in loosely so the contents can be easily emptied when the cart is tipped. Be sure to exclude any plastics and kitchen scraps.
Filling up your yard waste cart? Try timing major yard work around the unlimited yard waste collection weeks in the spring and fall. For the occasional excess yard waste, the tag-a-bag option is still available for $3.50, and can be used for the collection of one (1) kraft paper bag or bin clearly marked “yard waste only”. Tag-a-bag stickers can be purchased at City Hall, City Yards, or the Community Centre.
Backyard composting and grass cycling are two methods to reduce the amount of yard waste set out for collection. Composting yard waste and applicable food scraps not only helps to reduce the amount of yard waste in your cart and yard waste entering the landfill, but improves soil fertility and reduces the need for watering gardens, flower beds, lawns and trees. More information on composting can be found here. Grass cycling involves simply leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. You will save time, money and energy and grow a healthier lawn. More information on grass cycling can be found here.
Still not enough space for yard waste? You can upsize your existing 240 Litre yard waste cart to 360 Litres, increasing your annual cost of collection by $34/year, or add an additional 240 Litre cart to your existing cart, increasing your annual cost of collection by $68/year.