How to dispose of yard waste

The Waste Resource Innovation Centre administration offices and public waste drop-off are closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

To support essential businesses, commercial waste drop-off is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Yard waste includes

  • Grass clippings (including thatch) until 2020
  • 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)

After spring 2020, grass clippings will not be accepted in green carts or yard waste bags.

How to dispose of other items like sod, soil, stones, tree stumps etc. 

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.


Keep your leaves

Use your green cart

You can put yard waste in your green cart all year round.

Drop it off

You can bring yard waste and grass clippings to Guelph’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre all year round, free of charge.

Bagged yard waste collection – spring and fall

Check for dates or sign up for reminders.

Use paper bags or a clearly labelled bin (less than 100 litres). We do not collect yard waste in plastic bags.

Use string or twine (not plastic or metal) to tie branches in bundles no larger than one metre (three feet) long by 0.6 metres (two feet) wide.

Each bundle, bag or container of yard waste must weigh less than 20 kilograms (44 pounds).

Place yard waste bags and bundles within 0.3 metres (one foot) of the curb, and one metre (three feet) away from your green, blue and grey carts.

Christmas tree and yard waste collection outside spring and fall pickup dates

How to dispose of invasive plants or infested wood

Wood affected by emerald ash borer

Wood from termite control zones

  • Stack wood in a pile or bin
  • Call 519-837-5614 to schedule an inspection
  • The termite control officer will inspect and write a field report
  • Bring wood to Guelph’s Waste Innovation Resource Centre
  • Present the field report to waive tipping fees for the first 500 pounds

Invasive plants

  • Giant hogweed: Seal it in two layers of clear plastic garbage bags and put it in your grey waste cart. Do not put it in your compost, green cart or yard waste bags.
  • Dog-strangling vine and buckthorn: Put it in the grey waste cart. Do not put it in your compost, green cart or yard waste bags.

For more information

Solid Waste Resources
TTY: 519-826-9771