Yard Waste Collection

Yard Waste collection is for Urban Areas only.

Yard waste information

  • Do not put yard waste at the curb more than one day prior to your scheduled collection day.
  • Only use paper yard waste bags or open, reusable, rigid containers (no lid) labelled yard waste. If using a reusable, rigid container, you can drill holes in the bottom of the yard waste container for drainage.
  • Containers may have a capacity up to 125 L (27 imperial gallons) and weigh no more than 23 kg (50 lbs).
  • Yard waste labels must be placed on your reusable container to receive collection. Order Yard Waste labels.
  • Please do not place a yard waste label on a Blue Box or a Green Cart or use them for yard waste collection.
  • Yard waste in cardboard boxes, Blue Boxes, Green Carts, plastic bags, compostable bags or biodegradable bags will not be collected.
  • Brush must be tied in bundles no larger than 2 m x 1 m (6 ft x 3 ft) wide, with branches a maximum of 7.5 cm (3 inches in diameter).

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Acceptable yard waste materials

  • Leaves
  • Sticks & twigs
  • Tree trimmings
  • Decorative cornstalks
  • Fallen fruit from trees
  • Yard and garden trimmings
  • Pumpkins

Unacceptable materials:

  • No tree stumps
  • sod
  • soil
  • rocks
  • clay
  • plastic bags
  • plastic flower/plant pots and tags
  • giant hogweed
  • grass clippings*

* grass clippings are accepted in yard waste from October to May in Burlington only.

Put Waste in it's Place

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Loose leaf collection

  • The City of Burlington provides loose leaf collection in the fall. For more information contact the City of Burlington at 905-333-6166 or visit www.burlington.ca (external link).
  • The Town of Oakville provides loose leaf collection in the fall. For more information contact the Town of Oakville at 905-845-6601 or visit www.oakville.ca (external link).
    • Ensure waste material is not placed directly behind or hidden by loose leaf piles.

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Oakville bulk brush call-in collection

For Oakville residents only. Please call 311 to schedule your bulk brush collection (appointment only).

  • One pile per household
  • Pile must be no larger than 3 m (10 ft) long by 1.8 m wide x 1.2 m high (6 ft x 4 ft), with branches a maximum of 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter
  • Pile must be free of loose debris such as leaves and trimmings.
  • On your scheduled bulk brush collection day, place bulk brush at the curb by 7 a.m. and no sooner than 5 p.m. the evening before.

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Consider grasscycling as a simple and natural approach to lawn care.

Leave your grass clippings on your lawn to help keep your lawn greener and healthier, and allow grass to form deeper root systems. This can also reduce the amount of time and money you spend on fertilizing as grass clippings are 80% water and can generate up to 25% of the lawns yearly fertilizer needs.

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