City Starts Picking Up Brush Next Week, Leaf Collection Starts in November

Published on: 2020/09/21 - in News

Brush collection in Kingston will begin across the city beginning next Monday, September 28.

Residents can go online to find their collection date and are reminded to have brush piled loosely at curbside by 8am on the Monday of their collection week.

Brush – defined by the City as pruned bits of bushes and trees smaller than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and shorter than 90 cm (three feet) long – should be stacked with the butt ends facing the street and not include “root balls”.

Leaf collection begins on November 2nd and once again residents are asked to have their leaves ready for collection at curbside by 8am on the Monday of your leaf collection week.

The City will only collect leaves that are contained in paper leaf bags, or placed loosely in bushel baskets, garbage cans or other rigid-sided receptacles. Bags and containers cannot weigh more than 20kg (44 lbs). Yard waste such as tomato plants and vegetable garden waste (but not brush) can be left out for pick-up during leaf collection week as well.

Leaves contained in plastic bags – or bags that appear to be plastic – will not be picked up, as those bags cannot be composted.

The City says its brush and leaf collections are the most economical way for it to process yard waste. Alternatively, some yard waste can be put in your green bin, but collectors must also see food waste in your green bin in order to collect it.

Yard waste can also be dropped off at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane – which is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays from 8am to 4pm – or at Norterra Organics at 2069 Joyceville Road. Phone 613-546-0884 to confirm their hours of operation.

PhotoPhil Roeder (cc)