Five free ways to get rid of your leaves this fall

Both the bagged yard waste and loose leaf collection programs are delayed due to snow. New dates have been added to this post.

The leaves have shown their true colours and are now dropping in droves across lawns and sidewalks—but how do you get rid of them?

Mulch them and leave them on your lawn

Grass and leaves from your fall yard clean up are full of nutrients and make great mulch for your lawn and gardens. Use your mower to break the leaves into small pieces. Scatter them evenly on your lawn or garden to promote healthy soil and plants.

Top up your green bin

If you clean up a little each week by topping up your green cart, we’ll compost them for free and your lawn will be leaf-free.

Bag them and put them out with your grey cart November 5 to 16

Bagged yard waste pick up runs November 5 to 16. Put bagged yard waste out with your grey cart and we’ll take care of the rest. If you don’t get your bagged yard waste picked up by November 16, call 519-767-0598 or email

Rake loose leaves to the curb after November 9

If all else fails, we’ll come and pick up leaves from the curb between November 18–29. Please put your leaves to the curb no earlier than November 9, or they become a safety and flooding hazard. If we missed your neighbourhood, you can submit a service request after November 30 by calling 519-837-5628 or emailing

Drop them off at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre

If your leaves drop late in the season, after all our programs wrap up, you can bag them and take them to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre for free. Check our hours online at

For more information

Bagged yard waste pick up


Loose leaf collection