Getting rid of yard waste

We collect yard waste at the curb every other week between spring and fall

Yard waste is collected on your grey cart collection day between spring and fall. Be the first to know when yard waste collection starts by downloading the Guelph Waste App or using the Waste Wizard to sign up for notifications.

Preparing yard waste for collection

  • Put it in yard waste paper bags or clearly labelled bins (less than 100 litres). We won’t collect yard waste in plastic bags
  • Bundle and tie up brush, branches and tree limbs using string or twine (no plastic or metal). Make sure bundles are no larger than one metre (3 feet) long by 0.6 metres (2 feet) wide
  • Make sure each bundle, bag or container of yard waste weighs less than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) – about the same weight as seven bricks
  • Check that your yard waste isn’t spilling over the curb. Place yard waste bags and bundles within 0.3 metres (1 foot) of the curb, and one metre (3 feet) away from your waste carts.
  • Place your yard waste to the curb no later than 6:30 a.m. on your grey cart collection day

Yard waste includes

  • Leaves
  • Shrub and hedge trimmings
  • Woody plants (including vines, rose bushes)
  • Brush, branches, and tree limbs with a diameter less than 5 cm (2 inches)

Yard waste collection does not include grass clippings – just leave them on the lawn.

Don’t put yard waste in any of your carts.

Manage yard waste on your property

Leave grass clippings on the lawn. They act like natural fertilizer adding nutrients to the soil as they decompose.

Mulched leaves make great fertilizer too. Instead of raking and bagging leaves each fall, mow over them and leave them on the lawn.

Drop it off

You can bring yard waste and grass clippings to Guelph’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre all year round for a minimum fee of $10.

How to dispose of invasive plants or infested wood

Follow the links for what to do with:

For more information

Solid Waste Resources
TTY: 519-826-9771
[email protected]