Fall 2018 yard waste collection

Every fall, we collect bagged yard waste at the curb and loose leaves raked onto the road.

We encourage you to keep your leaves in your yard. Yard waste and leaves can provide vital nutrients to your lawn and garden. Try these tips for a healthy lawn and garden:

  • Use mulched leaves on your lawn to help control weeds and create healthier growing conditions
  • Keep 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 material for your lawn and garden

More tips available as part of the Healthy Landscapes program.

Bagged yard waste collection

The following yard waste can be placed in paper bags or in a clearly labeled rigid container for collection:

  • Grass clippings (including thatch)
  • Leaves
  • Shrub and hedge trimmings
  • Woody plants (e.g. vines or rose bushes)
  • Brush, branches, and tree limbs with a diameter less than 5 centimetres (2 inches)

Bagged yard waste will be collected between November 5 and 16 on your grey cart collection day.

Check the 2018 waste collection schedule to determine your grey cart collection day.

Learn how to prepare your yard waste for curbside collection.

For more information about bagged yard waste collection contact Solid Waste Resources at 519-767-0598 or waste@guelph.ca.

Loose leaf collection

Loose leaf collection starts November 19 to 30. We make one collection per street so it’s important to rake your leaves to the curb the weekend of November 17.

Only neighbourhoods with mature trees are eligible for loose leaf collection. Check the map below to see if we’re collecting loose leaves in your neighbourhood.

Loose leaf collection map

If your street is not eligible for loose leaf collection, you can:

  • Mulch your leaves and spread them on your lawn and garden
  • Top up your green cart with leaves each week
  • Bring bagged yard waste to 110 Dunlop Drive for free drop-off
Do not rake your leaves to the curb before November 17. Raking leaves too early causes clogged storm drains, unsafe bike lanes and hazards for children playing in the leaves.

For more information about loose leaf collection contact Operations at 519-837-5628 or operations@guelph.ca.

Options for disposing of pumpkins

Pumpkins can be:

  • Cut up and placed inside your green cart
  • Cut up and placed inside your yard waste bag or container
  • Brought to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal

Missed your collection?

Missed your bagged or loose leaf collection? Got loose leaves left on the road after November 30? You can bag loose leaves and bring them, along with any other left-over bagged yard waste, to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre (110 Dunlop Drive) for free. An alternative is to top up your green cart with leaves each week, or mulch your leaves and spread them on your lawn or garden.