Fall yard waste collection starts October 11

Guelph, Ont., October 5, 2016 – The City’s fall bagged yard waste collection starts October 11, with loose leaf curbside pick up to follow in November.

Bagged yard waste collection

“This year, residents have two opportunities over four weeks to put bagged yard waste out for curbside collection,” says Heather Connell, manager of Integrated Services at Solid Waste Resources. “Bagged yard waste collection will take place on grey cart collection days between October 11 and November 4.”

Yard waste must be placed in paper bags, jute bags or in a clearly labeled container, and includes:

  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • hedge trimmings
  • woody plants (e.g. vines or rose bushes)
  • brush, branches, and tree limbs with a diameter less than 5 centimetres (2 inches)

Each bundle, bag or container of yard waste must not exceed 20 kilograms (44 pounds).

Residents are reminded that branches and tree limbs must be tied in bundles no larger than 1 metre (3 feet) long by 0.6 metres (2 feet) wide.

Loose leaf collection

Loose leaf collection will take place November 14 to 25. The City makes one scheduled pick up for loose leaf collection on each street.

Leaf collection does not include branches and other yard waste.

Residents are asked to rake leaves onto the curb no earlier than the weekend before November 14 . This will help prevent storm drains from flooding.

For safety reasons, keep children from playing in the leaves on the roadway.

Disposing of pumpkins

Pumpkins can be:

  • Cut up and placed inside the green cart
  • Cut up and placed inside a yard waste bag or container (do not place pumpkins loose on the ground)
  • Brought to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre (110 Dunlop Drive) for a $5 flat rate fee per visit

Other options

Residents can also keep leaves on their property. Yard waste and leaves provide vital nutrients to lawns and gardens. Residents can try these tips for a healthy landscape:

  • Use mulched leaves on the lawn to help control weeds and create healthier growing conditions
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose and release organic matter and valuable nutrients into your lawn
  • Try home composting—it provides free, nutrient-rich organic matter for lawns and gardens

After fall yard waste collection

After the collection period ends, residents can bag additional leaves and yard waste and drop them off at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre (110 Dunlop Drive) for a $5 flat rate fee per visit. Yard waste and leaves can also be included in the green cart for curbside collection all year.


Fall yard waste collection options

For information about bagged yard waste collection

Heather Connell, Manager, Integrated Services
Environmental Services, Solid Waste Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2082

For information about loose leaf collection

Terry Dooling, Manager, Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 3346