Bagged yard waste collection takes place twice per year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Grass clippings will no longer be accepted in your green carts or during seasonal yard waste collection come spring 2020.
Fall 2019 bagged yard waste collection
Put bagged waste at the curb with your grey cart between November 4 and 15.
You can sign up for text or email reminders and we’ll send you future dates and collection information automatically.
As always, you have a few options to manage yard waste on your property:
- mulch your leaves using a lawn mower and leave them on the lawn
- use your green organic waste cart anytime
- bag your yard waste and put it to the curb for collection with your grey cart November 4 to 15
- rake loose leaves to the curb after November 16
- drop off yard waste at Waste Resource Innovation Centre 110 Dunlop Drive
You can bring yard waste directly to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free all year.
You can also top up your green cart with yard waste each week, throughout the year, for curbside collection.
Yard waste includes:
- Grass clippings (including thatch) acceptable until 2020
- 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 does not include:
- Sod, soil and sand
- Treated wood
- Large tree stumps
Keep it in your yard!
Yard waste like grass clippings and leaves can provide vital nutrients to your lawn and gardens. Try these easy tips:
- Use mulched leaves on your lawn to help control weeds and create healthier growing conditions for your lawn
- Keep grass clippings on the lawn to decompose and release organic matter and valuable nutrients into your lawn lawn (in spring of 2020, grass clippings will not be accepted in green carts or during seasonal yard waste collection)
- Try home composting — it’s an easy way to obtain free, valuable nutrients for your gardens
For more information, visit guelph.ca/healthylandscapes.
Excess leaves can also be raked to the curb during Loose Leaf Collection each fall.
Preparing your bagged yard waste for curbside collection
- Bagged yard waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your grey cart (garbage) collection day.
- Yard waste must be placed in paper bags or in a clearly labelled container (less than 100 litres).
- Branches and tree limbs must be tied in bundles no larger than 1 metre (3 feet) long by 0.6 metres (2 feet) wide.
- Use string to tie your branches. Metal and plastic ties are not acceptable for bundling branches and tree limbs.
- Each bundle, bag or container of yard waste cannot weigh more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds).
- Bagged yard waste must be within 1 foot of the curb and 1 metre (3 feet) away from your green, blue and grey cart.
- Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected.
Disposing emerald ash borer (EAB) infested material
Dispose of infested ash tree material at the City’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre, located at 110 Dunlop Drive. A disposal fee of $80/metric tonne will apply as the infested ash material is treated as waste.
For more information
Solid Waste Resources